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Music.  Berlin,  02/02/2013

Catalan Sounds-Jazz on Tour is a tour of various well-known clubs in Europe by Catalan groups. Its aim is to show the high quality of the current Catalan jazz scene and generate feedback and exchanges between the cities visited and Barcelona, specifically the Jamboree club, Barcelona’s emblematic jazz venue, which is collaborating with the project.

Saturday, 2nd February
10 p.m.
MARC AYZA GROUP featuring Blurum 13 – Soul, Groove Jazz, Hip Hop
Marc Ayza (drums), Roger Mas (piano & keys), Tom Warburton (bass), Helios (turntables), Blurum 13 (vocals) 
Live at Home is the title of the second album by the drummer Marc Ayza with his current group, which will be presented next Saturday in Berlin. It is an album of new pieces written with the same spirit that captivated listeners and critics alike four years ago when he released the revolutionary Offering (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2008).
As on that occasion, when groove, jazz, soul and hip-hop went hand in hand in a form of collective celebration in which the magnetic beat of the drum blended in with the poetic mixing of Mc Core Rhythm, in Berlin he will be performing with Blurum 13, in which the turntables of DJ Helios will mix with the torrential outpourings of pianist Roger Mas, and the strings of bass player Tom Warburton will mark the lysergic beats of this absorbing proposal.
The whole range of black music is present in Marc Ayza’s universe: from Gil Scott-Heron to Marvin Gaye, from John Coltrane to J Dilla, taking us from the Bronx to the Raval.
After the concert, DJs – Set World Jazz with Helios and friends ... until late!
Sunday, 3rd February 
9 p.m.
Xavier Dotras Trio – Modern Trio Jazz
Xavier Dotras (piano), Toni Pujol (bass), César Martínez (drums)
Preludes, the fourth album by the group led by pianist Xavier Dotras, pays tribute to the great classical and jazz composers, including Bach, Chopin, Bill Evans, Enrico Pieranunzi, Michel Petrucciani, Henry Mancini and Ennio Morricone. Its excellent reception has led the group to perform at important festivals like the Rome Jazz Festival, the Jazz Na Starówce Festival in Warsaw, and the Europa Fest in Bucharest, an international tour that now continues with their appearance at the B-Flat in Berlin.
This year the Xavier Dotras Trio will finish its successful Preludes tour and will begin working on a new album to be released in 2014. This release will coincide with the 10th anniversary of a group that has been stable since it was formed, with César Martínez on drums and Toni Pujol on double bass, and which has performed at some of the most prestigious festivals in Spain and much of Europe, including England, France, Holland, Romania, Poland, Italy and Germany.
10.15 p.m.
Lluís Coloma – Solo piano – Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano
Lluís Coloma is one of the most active and renowned Blues and Boogie Woogie pianists. Since he was a young boy he has steeped himself in the music of Jerry Lee Lewis, Roosevelt Sykes and Alan Price. 
Considered one of the kings of Boogie Woogie, this young pianist has played at the Miri International Jazz Festival in Malaysia, the Voxstock Blues Festival in Belgrade, the Beaune Blues Boogie Festival, the Laroquebrou International Boogie Woogie Festival, the International Boogie Woogie Festival Switzerland, and toured Germany with Frank Muschalle and Julien Brunetaud.
Coloma has played at the most renowned clubs and festivals all over Spain and is heavily involved in the promotion of Blues and Boogie Woogie throughout Catalonia, organizing events such as the annual Blues & Boogie Woogie festival and Boogie Woogie nights. Throughout his career he has played with great musicians like James Harman, Barrelhouse Chuck, Mitch Woods, Bob Kirkpatrick, Corey Harris, Phil Upchurch and Manu Dibango
Lluís Coloma’s concerts are very special, full of energy, rhythm and colour, and capable of creating a hypnotic and magical atmosphere.


Marc Ayza Group, Xavier Dotras Trio and Lluís Coloma will perform on 2nd and 3rd February at the legendary B-Flat club in Berlin, which has seen performances by such figures as Harry Connick Jr., Kurt Rosenwinkel and Mikis Theodorakis.

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