Institut Ramon Llull/ Newsletter # 74

JUNE 2017 / NY, USA

New York

Music.  New York,  22/06/2017

Catalan composers featured at the 2017 New York City Electroacustic Music Festival

Dedicated to showcasing the best electroacoustic music and video art from all over the world, the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival includes electroacoustic music recorded in up to eight channels, works involving live electronics, works combining musical instruments or voices with recorded or live electronics, video and multimedia works, and audio and video installations. Concierto de Cataluña, curated by Mercè Capdevila Gaya, Joan Bagés, Mateu Malondra i Joan Martí-Frasquier, is presented with the support of the Institut Ramon Lull, Sirga Festival, and Placa[base.

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Music.  New York,  25/06/2017

Placa Base Col•lectiu Instrumental performs Catalan new music in New York

Cultural organization Placa Base Col.lectiu Instrumental partners with the Institut Ramon Llull to promote contemporary electroacustic music in New York. Founded in 2015 and formed by eleven instrumentalists specializing in vanguard music, Placa Base organizes events focused on technology and its relation to the creativity and the arts, mainly contemporary music. The international debut of Placa Base Col.lectiu Instrumental will take place at Jack in Brooklyn, with a performance by countertenor Javier Hagen and Ulrike Mayer-Spohn on recorders, with Joan Bagés and Mateu Malondra playing electronics.

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Performing.  New York,  10/06/2017

Societat Doctor Alonso's ANARCHY featured at the 31st Performance Mix Festival in New York City

Well known in Spain as performance pioneers, Catalan company Societat Doctor Alonso brings the New York premiere of ANARCHY, an experiment in chaos and order, a performance where the audience takes part by playing guitars from their seats. Semolina Tomic, the performer, executes the choreography that explores the musicality of movement as the piece navigates control, chaos, order, and the question of who “owns” art. Societat Doctor Alonso combines dance and theater in creating a performance language fundamentally concerned with displacement.

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Cinema.  New York,  15/06/2017

"The Karamazoffs (A walk on the SoHo years)" at the 2017 SOHO International Film Festival in NYC

The documentary film “THE KARAMAZOFFS (A walk on the SoHo years)”, directed by Juan Gamero and Carmen Rodríguez, is an Official Selection to US Premiere at the 2017 SOHO International Film Festival running from June 15th – 22nd 2017. The film will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and/or cast in attendance. The Gala Awards Night will be held on Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 to announce the winning films.

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Cinema.  Washington DC,  15/06/2017

LA CHANA, directed by Lucija Stojevic, and CUCLI, by Xavier Marrades, featured at AFI DOCS in Washington, DC

Winner of the Audience Award at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, LA CHANA celebrates the incomparable talent and spirit of Spain's greatest gypsy flamenco dancer as she reflects on her storied past while preparing for a return to the stage in her 70s. CUCLI, a documentary short film directed by Catalan filmmaker Xavier Marrades, features a widowed truck driver who finds companionship through a peculiar relationship with his pet dove.

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Music.  USA,  28/06/2017

Escolania de Montserrat, upcoming USA tour, June 2017

The Escolania de Montserrat is one of the oldest music schools in Europe and is arguably the premiere boys’ choir in Spain. By the 13th century, a small group of boys were already serving in the Benedictine abbey and Sanctuary of Our Lady of Montserrat through the singing and playing of different musical instruments. Throughout the centuries, many remarkable composers and performers were spawned from the so-called Montserrat Music School.

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Visual Arts.  Montreal,  25/05/2017

Joan Fontcuberta's TRAUMA on view at Occurrence in Montreal

Joan Fontcuberta’s latest works ‘Trauma’ attempts to understand what happens when a photograph abandons its image; when it is “freed from its soul”?  After having searched in photo archives (including in the author’s own) looking for patients in a traumatic state, Fontcuberta creates an ode to the remaining materiality in chemical photography.

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Cinema.  Seattle,  18/05/2017

Catalan cinema featured at The 43rd Annual Seattle International Film Festival

Every year, SIFF screens more than 400 films from over 80 countries at the Seattle International Film Festival, and hosts a variety of events and special presentations. The festival stretches over 25 days and receives more than 155,000 attendees, which makes it the largest and most highly-attended film festival in the United States, now in its 43rd year.

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Cinema.  Los Angeles, New York,  18/05/2017

L.A. OLA - Spanish Contemporary Cinema Showcase features LES AMIGUES DE L’ÀGATA

LES AMIGUES DE L’ÀGATA, a four-hander final degree project, has been making friends on the Spanish indie circuit. AGATA’S FRIENDS is a conversation-based Catalan-language work of great promise which traces in claustrophobically intimate detail and with much subtlety the changing dynamics of the relationships between four girlfriends on the frontier between adolescence and adulthood. 

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Visual Arts.  New York,  05/05/2017

Antoni Muntadas: Projects / Proposals on view at the Kent Fine Art gallery in New York

This exhibition, Muntadas’ sixth with the gallery since 1990, will begin with early documents originally proposed in the 70s to be made into heliographs (an early blueprint medium), these 18 Projects/Proposals (1971-1980) mapped his intentions for installations, videos and performance works.  Never realized due to the instability of the medium, they have recently been recovered and now presented in the form of screen prints as originally intended.  From these very early years, Muntadas has continued to develop an extended series of installations investigating means of contextualization and interpretation.

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