[SUMMER PROGRAM MUSIC]
SONG AS A FORCE OF SOCIAL
Date: 30 June - 3 September
2011, 10:00 p.m.
Ticket: 5 euros*
Place: Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo
Access: Camino de los Descubrimientos s/n
| Tlf: 955037083 · 955037103
* Purchase of a concert
ticket also entitles the bearer to visit the exhibitions currently
on display (on concert days only, from 9 pm to midnight). Tickets
can only be purchased at the CAAC ticket desk on the day of the event,
starting at 9 pm.
celebrates its 7th edition this year, is a series of concerts held
during the summer months at the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo.
The singular backdrop of the gardens of the Monastery of La Cartuja
and the added bonus of being able to visit the museum’s contemporary
art exhibitions at night make this concert series a unique experience
unlike any other musical event. This year the programme of concerts
and exhibitions will revolve around a common theme: “Song as a force
of social transformation”.
the month of August, music videos by the producer CANADA will be shown
before each concert.
Thursday, 30 June
As the daughter of a piano teacher, Basia grew up surrounded by
musical instruments (she plays the guitar, the sitar, the flute, the
piano, the ukulele, the saxophone, the banjo…) in a home where only
the oldies were played (Motown, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Sam Cooke,
etc.). From the time she was a small girl, her brother Bobby accompanied
her on the drums just as he does today. In 2007 this youthful Canadian
singer and songwriter released her debut album on the Rough Trade
label, Oh My Darling, a collection of beautiful, fantastically
arranged tracks performed by a prodigious voice.
Now she has presented her second LP, Heart
of My Own, where we discover an even more self-confident Bulat,
with a voice that is just as comfortable and exhilarating when the
songs swell to their most epic proportions as when they plunge into
intimacy and melancholy. Her compositions verge on traditional folk
music with hints of other styles (jazz, soul, pop, etc.).
Wednesday, 6 July
The husband-and-wife team formed by Danny and Tiffany Preston
created Rainbow Arabia, inspired by the sounds of the Middle East.
After their debut EP, The Basta, was received with great critical
acclaim in 2008, and after touring with Gang Gang Dance, they released
the 7" Omar K and the EP Kabukimono, in which African
and Caribbean rhythms were added to their sound palette.
Now they've come to Seville to offer us their
first LP, Boys and Diamonds, a dazzling blend of dub punk and
world pop, Afro-Caribbean beats and synth-pop, hip-hop and electronic
music. This perfectly assembled puzzle is sure to delight fans of
MIA, Santigold or even Vampire Weekend.
Thursday, 7 July
Jairo Zavala, former lead singer of La Vacazul, presents his second
solo album under the Depedro alias. The tracks on Nubes de Papel
were written between shows while touring with Calexico, a band in
which he has played guitar for the last four years, and while travelling
around the world to promote his debut album. Nubes de Papel
features two tracks recorded with Joey Burns, John Convertino and
Jacob Valenzuela from Calexico, and Vetusta Morla. When listening
to Depedro, we can hear echoes of John Barry's soundtracks, frontier
tunes, African guitars, a pinch of Brazilian music, a dollop of The
Beatles from the "Let It Be" era, Vainica Doble and M. Ward.
Wednesday, 13 July
Binary Audio Misfits was created when two highly original bands
from different cultures and continents found each other on MySpace.
In the winter of 2007, the French rock band Expérience, an old acquaintance
of Spanish audiences, contacted the Texan hip-hop group The Word Association
to ask if they would be willing to participate in a track for the
album that Expérience was working on at the time. After the recording
session, the two bands were thrilled with the end product and decided
to work on a few more songs together. The result was B.A.M! LP,
the first album of the Binary Audio Misfits, a head-on collision between
belligerent hip-hip and prickly rock.
Thursday, 14 July
+ LOS ALIMENTOS
This band's debut album, This New Year Will Be for You and
Me, inspired critics to use words like "euphoric", "upbeat" and
"sunshine pop". It was named album of the week by Rough Trade and
received stellar reviews across Europe. Bandages for the Heart,
a second album with the same euphoria but a much sharper edge, confirmed
Lacrosse's talent and took them on a lengthy European tour where they
earned a reputation for explosive live performances.
Two vocalists with amazing energy, incredibly
mellow guitars and dazzling melodies are the band's weapons of choice.
Barely restrained madness hides behind the appearance of a fundamentally
upbeat pop style.
Wednesday, 20 July
Pelle Carlberg has been making music since 1985, playing with
bands on the Swedish scene like Amanda om natten and Edson, with which
he recorded three albums. In 2005 he embarked on a solo career and
has since released three albums, two of them on the prestigious Labrador
His influences are varied, ranging from Cat
Stevens, Simon & Garfunkel, ABBA and The Beatles to Echo and the Bunnymen,
The Smiths, Teenage Fanclub, Belle & Sebastian, The Velvet Underground,
The Beautiful South, Doktor Kosmos, Jens Lekman and Suburban Kids
with Biblical Names. And although it's hard to believe, his music
has a lot of each of them; his compositions are pop songs with an
undercurrent that is surreal in some cases and hermetic in others,
but almost always luminous.
Thursday, 21 July
As the band's own website proclaims, Hidrogenesse is an "electronic
art-rock duo, composers of populist pop songs, producers of romantic-sexual
mantras, authors of Situationist dance tunes, performers of the mystical-comic
genre… Hidrogenesse is Carlos Ballesteros and Genís Segarra. Since
the end of the last century, they have released a number of albums,
including Así se baila el siglo XX, Eres PC/Eres Mac,
Gimnàstica passiva and Animalitos".
Carlos and Genís are currently participating
in an exhibition at Fundació Joan Miró with an installation entitled
Moix, for which they have recorded a new track.
Wednesday, 27 July
Perico de Dios (guitarra y voz), Carlos Jimena (batería) y Paco
Luis Martos (bajo) son los tres integrantes de Guadalupe Plata, una
banda procedente de Úbeda (Jaén) que práctica un "blues crudo, sucio
y serpenteante" que hunde sus raíces en la cara más pantanosa del
rock & roll. Tras actuar en festivales como Blues Cazorla, Monkey
Week o Primavera Sound y realizar una pequeña gira por la Costa Este
de Estados Unidos, en febrero de este año publicaron su primer LP,
Guadalupe Plata, editado por Folc Records y grabado en tres
enclaves diferentes: con Paco Loco en el Puerto de Santa María, Maxi
Ruiz en Málaga y Pablo Sánchez en Granada. Un disco en el que, según
la revista Jenesaispop,
encontramos "trece canciones encadenadas con un ritmo eléctrico que
te hacen sudar incluso si te encuentras en Siberia".
Thursday, 28 July
The person hiding behind the pseudonym of Lonely Drifter Karen
is Tanja Frinta, born in Vienna in 1979 and currently living in Barcelona.
This album, named after a character in Lars von Trier's The Idiots,
features the tinkling ivories of Majorcan pianist Marc Melià. Marc
is a fan of Jacques Brel and the chanson, whereas Frinta prefers German
cabaret and Kurt Weill, but all of these disparate influences come
together in music full of evocative melodies and sinuous arrangements.
The duo's debut album, The Grass Is Singing,
was released in 2008, and last year they presented their second project,
Fall of Spring.
Saturday, 30 July
SCHOOL + MOTEL 3
Combining a love of indie pop and the most brilliant music of
the 1960s, The School's style is a British version of sunshine pop
that blends light and shadow to produce a contagious, ultra-melodic
pop sound that you can dance and cry to simultaneously. Their sophisticated,
upbeat tracks with a hint of melancholy are inspired by The Beach
Boys (and the fantastic American Spring produced by Brian Wilson),
The Beatles, Philo Spector and 60s girl bands. Not to mention, of
course, other more modern groups who share similar roots and also
wrap their dulcet melodies in marvellous string and keyboard arrangements,
such as Belle & Sebastian, Saturday Looks Good to Me, Camera Obscura
or Lucky Soul.
Wednesday, 3 August
Alondra Bentley, a Spanish singer-songwriter of English extraction,
burst onto the music scene in 2006 with a handful of songs written
in her mother tongue which quickly became a hot topic of conversation
among professionals of the Spanish music industry. That same year,
her demo was chosen as one of the season's best by the Disco Grande
show on Spanish National Radio, hosted by the prestigious music critic
and journalist Julio Ruiz. After this promising beginning, in 2009
Bentley released her first album, Ashfield Avenue, which confirmed
Alondra's success with music journalists and listeners alike.
Listening to Ashfield Avenue brings to
mind the great women of music history, evoking artists of the stature
of Joni Mitchell and Nina Simone, but it also reminds us of male vocalists
like Nick Drake. Thanks to the success of her debut album, Alondra
set out on a tour which has continued for nearly two years now, and
she was invited to perform at some of the most important music events
in Spain and England, including the Benicassim International Festival,
Primavera Sound, Sonorama and La Mar de Músicas.
Thursday, 4 August
DE AMOR BIZARRO
The prehistory of the then-quintet began with the making of the
demo Salud y belleza in 2004, an explosive device wrapped in
teddy-bear plush that earned them a spot among the finalists in Proyecto
Demo. Even before the release, word-of-mouth had made it one of the
most anxiously awaited debuts of 2007. The band's war cry - "Now the
free world wants a blazing fire" - struck a chord with their audiences:
this trio from the country set the online forums on fire and rattled
music pundits with their live songs, deafening sound and powerful
lyrics. Before the year was out El hombre del siglo V was released,
an album that ended up becoming a compilation of oddities and included
tracks from their early demos, new recordings and a few songs that
no one had heard before. Confirmed as the most important new Spanish
band of the year on every music ranking, they continued to give non-stop
performances throughout 2008.
Año santo was released in May of 2010,
and even with the handicap of a debut that topped every list of the
decade's best Spanish albums, the press unanimously acclaimed it as
their best work yet.
Wednesday, 10 August
The first line in the story of Klaus & Kinski was written almost
by chance, when Alejandro convinced Marina to sing a Beatles cover
so that he could test the home sound studio he had set up, way back
in the summer of 2005. Five years later, Klaus & Kinski have two albums
under their belt, a large fan base and the respect of the music critics.
Those who know Alex best say that he belongs to the new generation
of young people who have been abducted by technology, which is quite
true; however, it is equally true that he has proven to be one of
the most talented composers of the Spanish indie music scene to emerge
from that same generation. His well-known proficiency on the guitar
and his wise choice of travelling companions are two additional factors
that helped make Klaus & Kinski the sensation of the 2008-09 season.
In April 2010 the duo released their fantastic
second album entitled Tierra, trágalos, which was enthusiastically
received by both audiences and critics, and since then they have been
busy presenting their latest work on stages throughout Spain and at
events like Festival do Norte, Contempopranea, Sonorama, Lemon Pop,
Thursday, 11 August
The biggest surprise of the year shoots off acoustic bullets and
basic philosophy. They are Arizona Baby, a trio that has shaken up
the Spanish music scene with an irresistible adventure of desert epics
and evocative fantasies called Second to None. Barely five
weeks after its release, this album of dust-coated beauty and Spartan
austerity was already being identified by the majority of national
journalists, from the most mainstream to the most indie, as one of
the top three albums of the year. From Mondo Sonoro to Rolling
Stone, Arizona Baby's recordings and live performances have rocketed
to the top of every best-of-the-year list. They've also received several
national awards in the best new band category and the UFI (Independent
Phonographic Union) Special MySpace Band of the Year Award. Arizona
Baby is an acoustic rock trio capable of making even the best electric
band quake in their boots, with a look that's appealing and impressive.
They hail from Valladolid and have been playing together since 2004.
Wednesday, 17 August
The female vocalist par excellence of the Spanish indie scene
started out as one-half of the duo Alex & Christina and later as lead
singer of the rock band Los Subterráneos, two projects which made
her tremendously popular in Spain and South America in the 1990s.
In 2000 the artist moved to New York, where she launched a solo career
with three albums recorded entirely in English. After returning to
Spain, she began writing lyrics in Spanish again and released Verano
Fatal, an album co-composed with the Asturian singer-songwriter
Nacho Vegas. One year later, Christina conquered all and sundry with
her sublime Tu labio superior (Warner, 2009), whose songs kept
her hopping from one Spanish stage to the next for nearly two years,
after which she set out on a South American tour of Argentina, Chile,
Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia and Mexico.
Her latest album, La joven Dolores, was
released by Warner in January of this year.
Thursday, 18 August
Fiera is a band comprising Pablo Peña, Daniel Alonso, Darío del
Moral and Javier Rivera (members of Pony Bravo). Their most immediate
influences are post-punk bands like The Fall, PIL, Suicide, Liquid
Liquid, Pere Ubu and Palais Schaumburg, and Spanish groups such as
Derribos Arias and Parálisis Permanente. They also looked to now-legendary
bands like Einstürzende Neubaten when choosing the combination of
instruments that produce Fiera's unique sound.
Fiera made their first appearance at Nocturama
(CAAC, Seville) in August 2008, where the audience heard the first
versions of the songs composed by Pablo Peña, the band's vocalist,
bassist and lead writer.
After years of hard work, Fiera finally cut
their first LP, which was recorded by Raúl Pérez at his La Mina Studio.
Déjese llevar (2010) was released by El Rancho Casa de Discos,
a company created by the members of Pony Bravo to handle their professional
activities. Like everything that El Rancho produces, Déjese llevar
was released under a Creative Commons licence and can be downloaded
free of charge from the band's website.
Wednesday, 24 August
Francisco Nixon is the stage name used by Fran Fernández (Gijón,
1971), former singer and songwriter for two iconic Spanish indie bands,
Australian Blonde and La Costa Brava. Since launching his solo career
as Francisco Nixon in 2006, he has released three titles on the Siesta
label: Es Perfecta, El perro es mío and the mini LP
Gloria y la belleza sureña, aided by his regular guitarist
of choice, Ricardo Vicente, formerly of La Costa Brava.
Like all of Fran's previous undertakings, Nixon
has become a fixture on the Spanish music scene. His name regularly
appears on the bills of Spain's most important music festivals, and
he is considered one of the best Spanish pop songwriters. His "Erasmus
Borrachas" was named the Best Song of 2009 at the Independent Music
Awards organized by Unión Fonográfica Independiente (UFI).
Thursday, 25 August
DE LA ROSA
Julio de la Rosa made his first appearance on the cover of one
of his studio albums, La Herida Universal, the first to be
co-released on the national indie labels Ernie and King of Patio,
and the fourth of his career since his band, El Hombre Burbuja, broke
Julio has inhaled and perspired Jerez, Seville,
Manchester, Istanbul, New York, Barcelona and Madrid, observing, creating
and sharing, writing part of his musical and personal history in the
ebb and flow of these cities. His poetry is like his vision, like
his entire life - real, incisive, stimulating, cynical and romantic.
His music is unique, playing with time, sound and silence. Julio de
la Rosa has known love in myriad forms: true love, mirror love, reflected
love, brotherly love, generous love, devastating love, labyrinthine
love… all of which he had to experience so that today we, the listeners,
can feel, hold our breath, float, and dance with a secret smile or
howling with laughter. Julio de la Rosa is one of the most genuine
musicians we have, and La Herida Universal is his best album
yet - probably just because it's the latest one he's given us.
Wednesday, 31 August
On his latest album, Termonuclear, Coque Malla has revealed
his tremendous talent for writing music. "The songs on Termonuclear
are inspired by true experiences, but they fortunately become fiction,
they turn into how you'd like things to be or how you wish they could
have been". And it is there, in the writing, that the great composer
emerges, the talent of one who knows how to handle sensitive, personal
material and turn it into a universal creation, one we can all identify
with in equal measure. The album was recorded in analogue format,
on "tape" like the great classic albums, with a trio playing live
in the studio: Coque on acoustic guitar, the former "Ronaldo" Ricardo
Moreno on drums, and Nico Nieto, the album's co-producer (and Coque's
crucial ally during the thermonuclear year), on bass. Then came the
recordings for enhancing the tracks: delicate strings to underscore
certain sections with their chamber-music sound, and splendid tonalities
contributed by pop's most timeless (and now quite rare) wind instruments.
Saturday, 3 September
Special concert/ surprise celebration of the band's 10th anniversary.
Maga is back. The trio has closed the book on one era (with three
albums, a couple of EPs and tracks on various compilations) and begun
a new one at Mushroom Pillow with the band's own experience and that
shared with Germán Coppini on their joint project, with Sr. Chinarro
(the rhythm section is the same featured on Antonio Luque's last two
albums), with Deluxe (Miguel participated in Reconstrucción)
and with Tote King. Jordi Gil was responsible for the production of
A la hora del sol, an addictive, timeless album marked by the
personality of a voice that is unrivalled in Spanish-language pop.
The album was recorded at Sputnik Studios in
Seville with Jordi Gil, who also produced El mundo según and
Ronroneando by Sr. Chinarro. The band was accompanied during
the recording sessions by Israel Diezma (lap steel guitar on "Último
mar"), Joaquín Calderón (violin on "La Balsa" and melodica on "Garagato"),
Manolo Solo (backup vocals and lyrics for "Sí, pero no lo soy"), Javier
Centeno (trumpet on "Garagato"), Germán Coppini (lyrics for "Garagato")
and César Díaz (keyboard), who also join the group in their live performances.
FLYER NOCTURAMA 2011:
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