Institut Ramon Llull/ Newsletter # 69


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Literature.  Canada,  04/01/2017

The Hungry Years in Catalonia: translator Peter Bush on "Black Bread" by Emili Teixidor

Black Bread, one of the major novels of Catalan literature, has recently made its appearance in English in the Biblioasis International Translation Series, in a translation by Peter Bush. Series editor Stephen Henighan asked Bush about the narrative world of the novel’s author, Emili Teixidor, who grew up in rural Catalonia under fascist occupation.

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Music.  New York,  07/01/2017

Oscar Peñas in concert in New York City

As a young emerging artist, Oscar Peñas has performed at his home town, Barcelona, Spain’s most important festivals. In his based town New York, he has played his original composition, mostly as a leader along with outstanding jazz figures, as well as known jazz musicians such as Paquito D’ Rivera, Gil Golstein, Esperanza Spalding, Gregoire Maret, Ralph Alessi, and Jason Palmer. He has toured internationally with his own projects.

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Performing.  New York,  19/01/2017

Catalan playwright and director Marta Buchaca, featured at LaMaMa Theater in New York

Neil LaBute and Marco Calvani reunite once again for the unique, international collaboration that is ADA: Author directing Author, featuring Catalan playwright Marta Buchaca in its third edition. 

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Music.  USA,  27/01/2017

Jordi Savall and Hespèrion XXI: The Musical Europe 1500–1700

Catalan gamba player Jordi Savall returns with a characteristically lovingly researched program, exploring the vibrant exchange of culture and ideas between Italy, England, Spain, France, and Germany in the 16th and 17th centuries. Savall's remarkable musicality is matched only by the facility of his versatile Hespèrion XXI ensemble. 

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Music.  New York,  02/02/2017

La Serenissima: The Millenarian Venice, A discussion with Jordi Savall at Columbia University in New York

Early-music legend and forensic musicologist Jordi Savall discusses the myriad musical styles and influences at play throughout the thousand-year lifespan of the Venetian Republic. This talk comes on the eve of the opening concert of the Serenissima series which will feature Savall, his ensemble, and other guest artists.

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Music.  New York, Montreal, Washington DC,  03/02/2017

Jordi Savall and Hespèrion XXI: The Millenarian Venice: Gateway to the East

Jordi Savall leads this intriguing musical tour through the 1,000-year history of the Venetian Republic and its far-flung territories. Ensembles formed and directed by Savall are joined by a diverse lineup of guest singers and instrumentalists. Together, they perform music that ranges from the Medieval to the Baroque from around the Mediterranean rim, extending through to Persia, the eras of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, and of course to Venice itself: a vibrant musical capital, center of innovation, and home to groundbreaking composers like Willaert, Monteverdi, and Vivaldi, among others.

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Music.  New York,  09/02/2017

Voices of Ascension Spain: Granados, de Falla & Modernisme

The turn of the 20th Century saw the flowering of the Modernisme movement in Barcelona and a flourishing of music across Spain. Much of this concert will be entirely new to listeners, but will captivate the ear upon first hearing. 

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