Institut Ramon Llull/ Newsletter # 86

JULY 2018 / NY, USA

New York

Culture.  Washington DC,  08/07/2018

"Catalonia: Tradition and Creativity from the Mediterranean", at the 2018 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington DC

Catalonia is a distinctive society in northeastern Spain, bound by the Pyrenees to the north and the Ebro River Delta to the south. Long known as a “welcoming country” (país d’acollida), Catalonia has been defined by its location and thousand-year history of social and cultural mixing.

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Music.  Washington DC,  08/07/2018

Evening Concerts at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

The 2018 Smithsonian Folklife Festival will take place Wednesday, June 27 through Sunday, July 1 and July 4 through 8. Daytime performances, demonstrations, and other activities take place between 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. On June 27, the Festival will close early at 4 p.m. Evening concerts begin most nights at 6:30 p.m.

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Music.  Washington DC,  02/07/2018

Cobla Catalana del Sons Essencials at Millenium Stage!

The Cobla Catalana del Sons Essencials (CCSE) is the latest project of Catalan musician, composer, and educator Marcel Casellas. In Catalonia, a cobla is an 11-piece ensemble of both classical and traditional horns with a string bass that is known for accompanying the emblematic sardana dance. CCSE offers a new twist on this iconic ensemble form, adding hints of jazz and percussion instruments from around the world.

Presented in collaboration with the 2018 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

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Maria Arnal and Marcel Bagés at Joe's Pub

Popular tradition, a subtle embrace of electronics and the universal language of emotion for a live show that can only be measured by the number of times Maria Arnal i Marcel Bagés steal and elevate your spirit. Maria’ s soulful voice combined with the sober dexterity of Marcel’s guitar, make Iberian folk songs a revelatory life event. Not an impression but a fact available on their debut,  45 cerebros y 1 corazon widely recognized through glorious podiums at Best Albums Of  2017 Charts (Spanish Press), 4  Premios MIN (the Grammys of the Spanish Indie Music) and astonished audiences in Spain, Portugal, France, UK, Morocco or Russia. 

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Music.  New York,  19/07/2018

Placa Base at 2018 Electroacoustic Festival

The New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (NYCEMF) is the largest showcase of electroacoustic music in New York City, and one of the largest festivals of its kind in the world. For this intervention, on July 19th from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., the Placa Base composers Ángel Faraldo, Octavi Rumbau, and Mateu Malondra will play a piece by Andrés Lewin-Richter, with site-specific interventions creating independent subpieces to complement Lewin Richter's.

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Performing.  New York,  20/07/2018

La Fura dels Baus presents The Creation at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York City

Avant-garde Catalan theater collective La Fura dels Baus brings its “freewheeling blend of audiovisual wizardry, acrobatics, and puppetry” (Guardian, U.K) to Haydn’s famous oratorio. 

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Music.  New York,  07/07/2018

Live DJ Set by Jordi Caballé at (Le) Poisson Rouge

New York City “(Le) Poisson Rouge – The Gallery”- BCN Future Club Party – 30th Anniversary Tour

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Music.  Quebec,  09/07/2018

Marinah (Ojos de Brujo) at Festival International de Jazz MTL and Festival d'été de Quebec

As custodian of the wild energy of former Spanish band Ojos de Brujo, singer Marinah returns to Club Soda with her unstoppable musical fiesta: an irresistible fusion of flamenco, rumba and hip-hop, not to mention joie de vivre. She will also perform at the Festival d'été de Quebec!


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Music.  Waterloo and London, Canada,  15/07/2018

Aurora at Kultrun and SunFest Festivals in Canada

Aurora assembles a talented circle of artists schooled under Spain’s Taller de Músics for an innovative aesthetic adventure: transposing into the associated fields of jazz and flamenco some of the most popular works by iconic twentieth century Spanish composer Manuel de Falla and his contemporaries Lorca, Albéniz and Pedrell.

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Music.  United States,  29/07/2018

Alma Afrobeat Ensemble on Tour

Alma Afrobeat Ensemble, A hard hitting Afrobeat band based in Barcelona, respecting the roots of Afrobeat while helping the evolution of Fela's legacy, is touring Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Minnesota!

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