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Press release
Music.  NEW YORK,  19/06/2017

Newly created electroacoustic music from Catalonia and the Balearic Islands reaches the New York venues

The Institut Ramon Llull is organising a focus of activities to promote electroacoustic music in New York. In association with the Placa[base Festival in Palma and the Sirga Festival in Flix, over the week from 19 to 25 June Catalan musical creation will leave its mark on the city of New York with a carefully chosen programme of concerts, composers and groups from Catalonia and the Balearic Islands. Moreover, Mateu Malondra (Placa[base Instrumental Group) and Joan Bagés and Joan Martí Frasquier (Sirga) will be artists in residence for research at the Abrons Arts Center, a space for creation and dissemination which provides support for the most innovatory and multidisciplinary culture.

Mateu Malondra and Joan Martí Frasquier

The focus starts on 19 June with a musical improvisation by Morphosis Duo (a group made up of members of the Sirga Festival: Joan Martí Frasquier on sax and Joan Bagés, electroacoustic, and New Yorker Kyle Motl, bass. It will be held in the Waverly Building at New York University (Waverly Labs). The concert has been curated by the Sirga International Music Festival.

Morphosis Duo will also be performing on 22 June with a double concert at the Abrons Arts Center. This is a commission from the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (NYCEMF), organised jointly by Sirga, Morphosis, the Institut Ramon Llull and Placa[base. It includes pieces by 19 Catalan and Balearic composers (whether by birth or adoption), who represent a significant sample of the stylistic variety and depth of advanced musical creation in both territories. Among the composers to be heard at the Abrons Arts Center, one of the most dynamic cultural forums in the city, are Francesc Llompart from Menorca and Gemma Camps and Mateu Malondra from Mallorca. Malondra’s piece “Sound Block Module II” will be accompanied by an audiovisual show conceived specially by Belén Iniesta, an Argentine settled in Palma, and linked to the latest production by Placa[base for the Ses Voltes cultural association in the city. She works regularly with the association, as do two of the composers who will be presenting pieces at the New York festival, Ángel Faraldo and Octavi Rumbau.

The programme of music by Catalan and Balearic creators in New York will continue on 25 June at the Jack Theater in Brooklyn (, a venue for the arts in all their forms. Performing for the first time outside Mallorca will be the Placa[base Instrumental Group, a versatile outfit with whom the association has launched a line of concerts and productions aimed at bringing avantgarde music to new venues and new audiences. On this occasion the music will be performed by Ulrike Mayer-Spohn, flute, and Javier Hagen, vocals. Swiss residents and members of the UMS'nJIP duo, they are two of the eleven musicians that make up the Placa[base Collective Instrumental ensemble. They will be playing works for voice, flute and electronics by Luis Codera Puzo, Octavi Rumbau, Mateu Malondra, Javier Hagen and Joan Bagés.

For the Institut Ramon Llull, promoting this event provides an important opportunity to contribute to the promotion of new Catalan music and collaboration on the established international circuits through the reference Catalan and Balearic composers, ensembles and groups.


Composers and performers appear together at the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival

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The Institut Ramon Llull is a consortium that comprises the Generalitat (Government of Catalonia), Balearic Islands Government and the Barcelona City Council, and its mission is the promotion of Catalan language and culture abroad.
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The IRL forms part of the Fundació Ramon Llull, which was established by the Government of Andorra, the Ramon Llull Institute, General Council of the Eastern Pyrenees, the city of Alghero, Balearic Islands Towns and Entities Network and the group of Valencian Cities, and has its central offices in Andorra.
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