World Music Weekend
Criatures / Belda & Sanjosex / Yexza Lara / Jorge da Rocha
Music
2-3 Mar 2019
World Music Weekend
Criatures / Belda & Sanjosex / Yexza Lara / Jorge da Rocha
Music
2-3 Mar 2019

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World Music Weekend
Criatures / Belda & Sanjosex / Yexza Lara / Jorge da Rocha
Music
2-3 Mar 2019
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World Music Weekend
Criatures / Belda & Sanjosex / Yexza Lara / Jorge da Rocha

A special two-day series of concerts featuring a diverse range of musicians connected to the cosmopolitan Catalan city of Barcelona – a double bill of folk duo Criatures and Belda & Sanjosex, a trio led by Venezuelan singer and flautist Yexza Lara and another trio led by the much-lauded Portuguese double-bassist, Jorge da Rocha. Let the music of Catalonia transport you to Barcelona.
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A special two-day series of concerts featuring a diverse range of musicians connected to the cosmopolitan Catalan city of Barcelona – a double bill of folk duo Criatures and Belda & Sanjosex, a trio led by Venezuelan singer and flautist Yexza Lara and another trio led by the much-lauded Portuguese double-bassist, Jorge da Rocha. Let the music of Catalonia transport you to Barcelona.

This weekend, let the music of Catalonia transport you to Barcelona

Criatures and Belda & Sanjosex
Mar 2 (Sat), 4:30pm
Mar 3 (Sun), 4:30pm

Yexza Lara Trio
Mar 2 (Sat), 8:00pm

Jorge da Rocha Trio
Mar 3 (Sun), 8:00pm

This is a special two-day series of concerts featuring a diverse range of musicians connected to the cosmopolitan Catalan city of Barcelona. Renowned for the cultural openness of its hip, appreciative audiences, the city’s multi-faceted world music scene attracts performers inspired by the folk traditions of the Iberian Peninsula, its islands, and the sounds of Africa, South America and beyond. All come together to provide a Mediterranean soundscape that could only have been created in one of Europe’s most culturally vibrant cities.

The Festival’s World Music Weekend will present two days of four afternoon and evening concerts. In the afternoons, a double bill of folk duo Criatures and Belda & Sanjosex take the centre stage. Both Criatures and Belda & Sanjosex strongly influenced by Catalan folk music. A trio led by Venezuelan singer and flautist Yexza Lara performs on Saturday evening, and on Sunday she will join another trio led by the much-lauded Portuguese double-bassist, Jorge da Rocha.

Mar 2 (Sat) and 3 (Sun) | 4:30pm
Criatures and Belda & Sanjosex [Asian debut]

Criatures, Catalan for ‘Little Children’ is a duo of diatonic button accordionist Marçal Ramon and Ivo Jorda, a master of the gralla, a traditional Catalan double-reed woodwind instrument. Known for the almost telepathic empathy of their performances, which combine the traditions of Mediterranean folk music with the intimacy and finesse of chamber music, they won First Prize in the 2016 Sounds of the Mediterranean contest.

Marçal Ramon (acordion)
Ivó Jordà (gralla)

Càntut by Belda & Sanjosex [Asian debut]

Belda & Sanjosex was formed by diatonic accordionist Carles Belda and the lead singer of Barcelona rock band Sanjosex, Carles Sanjosé, for their Càntut project, performing modern interpretations of traditional folk music of Northern Catalonia. The project was hailed as the Best Catalan Folk Album of 2016 and entered the Top 20 of the European World Music charts. Performing the Càntut repertoire, they are preserving and reinvigorating songs which had survived and evolved down the centuries purely through oral transmission.

Carles Sanjosé (voice, guitars)
Carles Belda (accordion, voice)
Coloma Bertran (violin)
Jordi Casadesús (bass, synthesizers)

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2 Mar (Sat) | 8:00pm
Camino by Yexza Lara Trio [Asian Premiere]

"More than remarkable music qualities" B!ritmos on Yexza Lara’s performance

The trio of Venezuelan Yexza Lara will perform music from her album Camino, inspired by the Afro-Venezuelan and Brazilian music with which she grew up. Her compositions evoke the landscapes of Tenerife – where she lives when not performing in Barcelona or overseas – and Bolivia. Influenced by pop, world music, jazz, progressive rock and the avant garde, Lara studied jazz at Barcelona’s Conservatori Liceu, and she continues to draw on the city’s legendary creative energy. For this concert she will perform her beautiful and rhythmically sophisticated compositions with alto flautist Pablo Selnik and guitarist Octavio Hernández. The following evening she will also appear in the second trio concert of the weekend with double-bassist Jorge da Rocha.

Yexza Lara (voice)
Pablo Selnik (flute)
Octavio Hernández (electric guitar)

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3 Mar (Sun) | 8:00pm
To Drop and Let Go by Jorge da Rocha Trio [Asian Premiere]

“His originality and sensitivity fill each song he creates with charm” Le Cool on Jorge da Rocha’s performance

In contrast to his solo performance for the Nouveau Jazz Weekend focusing on interpretations of his ‘favourite songs’, for this trio concert Jorge da Rocha will perform primarily original compositions from his 2017 album To Drop and Let Go, first recorded as an intimate dialogue between double bass and voice. This performance develops the music further into a fascinating three-way musical conversation between da Rocha, flutist Yexza Lara and cellist Ana Conceição. The additional players contribute contrasting textures and their own distinctive instrumental signatures to his deeply emotional and restlessly exploratory music. Their collaboration promises to be one of the musical highlights of the festival.

Jorge da Rocha (voice, double bass, loop station)
Yexza Lara (flute, melodica, voice)
Ana Conceição (cello, voice)

Belda & Sanjosex - El pomeró (MTV)
 
Yexza Lara - En la ribera (MTV)

Jorge da Rocha - Raval

The Making of Jorge da Rocha's To Drop and Let Go
Introduction

This weekend, let the music of Catalonia transport you to Barcelona

Criatures and Belda & Sanjosex
Mar 2 (Sat), 4:30pm
Mar 3 (Sun), 4:30pm

Yexza Lara Trio
Mar 2 (Sat), 8:00pm

Jorge da Rocha Trio
Mar 3 (Sun), 8:00pm

This is a special two-day series of concerts featuring a diverse range of musicians connected to the cosmopolitan Catalan city of Barcelona. Renowned for the cultural openness of its hip, appreciative audiences, the city’s multi-faceted world music scene attracts performers inspired by the folk traditions of the Iberian Peninsula, its islands, and the sounds of Africa, South America and beyond. All come together to provide a Mediterranean soundscape that could only have been created in one of Europe’s most culturally vibrant cities.

The Festival’s World Music Weekend will present two days of four afternoon and evening concerts. In the afternoons, a double bill of folk duo Criatures and Belda & Sanjosex take the centre stage. Both Criatures and Belda & Sanjosex strongly influenced by Catalan folk music. A trio led by Venezuelan singer and flautist Yexza Lara performs on Saturday evening, and on Sunday she will join another trio led by the much-lauded Portuguese double-bassist, Jorge da Rocha.

Cast

Mar 2 (Sat) and 3 (Sun) | 4:30pm
Criatures and Belda & Sanjosex [Asian debut]

Criatures, Catalan for ‘Little Children’ is a duo of diatonic button accordionist Marçal Ramon and Ivo Jorda, a master of the gralla, a traditional Catalan double-reed woodwind instrument. Known for the almost telepathic empathy of their performances, which combine the traditions of Mediterranean folk music with the intimacy and finesse of chamber music, they won First Prize in the 2016 Sounds of the Mediterranean contest.

Marçal Ramon (acordion)
Ivó Jordà (gralla)

Càntut by Belda & Sanjosex [Asian debut]

Belda & Sanjosex was formed by diatonic accordionist Carles Belda and the lead singer of Barcelona rock band Sanjosex, Carles Sanjosé, for their Càntut project, performing modern interpretations of traditional folk music of Northern Catalonia. The project was hailed as the Best Catalan Folk Album of 2016 and entered the Top 20 of the European World Music charts. Performing the Càntut repertoire, they are preserving and reinvigorating songs which had survived and evolved down the centuries purely through oral transmission.

Carles Sanjosé (voice, guitars)
Carles Belda (accordion, voice)
Coloma Bertran (violin)
Jordi Casadesús (bass, synthesizers)

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2 Mar (Sat) | 8:00pm
Camino by Yexza Lara Trio [Asian Premiere]

"More than remarkable music qualities" B!ritmos on Yexza Lara’s performance

The trio of Venezuelan Yexza Lara will perform music from her album Camino, inspired by the Afro-Venezuelan and Brazilian music with which she grew up. Her compositions evoke the landscapes of Tenerife – where she lives when not performing in Barcelona or overseas – and Bolivia. Influenced by pop, world music, jazz, progressive rock and the avant garde, Lara studied jazz at Barcelona’s Conservatori Liceu, and she continues to draw on the city’s legendary creative energy. For this concert she will perform her beautiful and rhythmically sophisticated compositions with alto flautist Pablo Selnik and guitarist Octavio Hernández. The following evening she will also appear in the second trio concert of the weekend with double-bassist Jorge da Rocha.

Yexza Lara (voice)
Pablo Selnik (flute)
Octavio Hernández (electric guitar)

-------------------------------------
3 Mar (Sun) | 8:00pm
To Drop and Let Go by Jorge da Rocha Trio [Asian Premiere]

“His originality and sensitivity fill each song he creates with charm” Le Cool on Jorge da Rocha’s performance

In contrast to his solo performance for the Nouveau Jazz Weekend focusing on interpretations of his ‘favourite songs’, for this trio concert Jorge da Rocha will perform primarily original compositions from his 2017 album To Drop and Let Go, first recorded as an intimate dialogue between double bass and voice. This performance develops the music further into a fascinating three-way musical conversation between da Rocha, flutist Yexza Lara and cellist Ana Conceição. The additional players contribute contrasting textures and their own distinctive instrumental signatures to his deeply emotional and restlessly exploratory music. Their collaboration promises to be one of the musical highlights of the festival.

Jorge da Rocha (voice, double bass, loop station)
Yexza Lara (flute, melodica, voice)
Ana Conceição (cello, voice)

Hear Now
Belda & Sanjosex - El pomeró (MTV)
 
Yexza Lara - En la ribera (MTV)

Jorge da Rocha - Raval

The Making of Jorge da Rocha's To Drop and Let Go