THE FESTIVAL JAZZ TERRASSA GETS 30
An anniversary edition dedicated to Ricard Roda
From March 16th thru April 3rd
Present year, the “Festival Jazz Terrassa” reaches its third history decade with a concerts and parallel activities program that will, once more, situate the “egarenc” city as the reference for all the lovers of this music genre. Keeping the habitual format, that has converted the festival as “the festivals reference”, and being considered strategic for the musical guidelines designed by the Catalan government, the activity for present year combines the concerts with the “Nova Jazz Cava” as the epicenter and the ideal space for the international and more relevant national proposals, with the matinee sessions that will take place both at the “Plaça Vella” and “Plaça Catalunya”. Besides above, the “Parc de Vallparadís”, projected in the last 12 years as the most popular manifestation around the jazz in the South of Europe with its “Pícnic·Jazz Vallparadís”, will again become a cultural and exemplar coexistence day. For the third year in a row, the organization of a concert with the “Four Others: Saxophones on Holiday” project at the “Teatre Principal de Sabadell”, with the willing of reinforcing the cultural links between both cities.
Continuing its quality, actuality and stylistic diversity line, the “Jazz d’Amics de les Arts and JJ MM – Jazz Terrassa”, presents and agenda with around 30 “lives” with world first level artists. Some of them, like Kurt Elling, for the first time attending. Being considered the best vocalist in the actuality, the Chicago’s musician will introduce his new album “The Gate” for the first time in our country. Another artist from the international scenario that will be performing for the first time as well proceeds from the New Orleans emerging scene. We are talking about the young musician, 24 years old, Trombone Shorty that will land in “Terrassa” with its new work. His performance does guarantee one of the most electrical sessions among present edition. A debut that can’t be missed is the one from pianist Vijay Yyer, with Indian roots presenting his last album “Solo”. Within the final stage, another pianist, Kenny Barron, surely one of the top concerts within the international agenda that will close down with the “brass band” project leaded by Dave Douglas.
The “welcome” to the 30th edition, on a parade format through the downtown streets, will include the BCN Hot Street Parade and the starting gun at the “Nova Jazz Cava” will be performed by the local group JazzSpirit with Josep M. Farràs. As of March 17th other well known artists like Tom Harrell, Oliver Lake, Ambrose Akinmusire, Kenny Neal, Dwayne Dopsie and Nasheet Waits do integrate the repertoire showing the different genre aesthetics.
The national jazz will have a wide representation with several projects like those from Horacio Fumero, Martí Serra, Jordi Rossy, Lluís Coloma, Joan Pau Cumellas, Toni Solà, La Locomotora Negra, Joan Chamorro or Ivanow Jazz Group.
The Jazzterrasman 2012 award goes to Perico Sambeat that, together with the “Flamenco Big Band” will be one of the main nights at the Passatge Tete Montoliu club.
As a trademark, the Festival will include the classical Nit de Blues, the common Sessions Golfes and the space dedicated to the rookies with the JazzJove Non Stop, a meeting of six combos linked to music schools that do bet for the local talents. The free access Jam Sessions are being kept within the club agenda as a promotional activity.
Around 30 concerts in total, 12 of them with free entrance, account for the whole program.
Live concerts scheduled between the “Nova Jazz Cava” and the “Teatre Principal de Sabadell”, “Plaça Vella” and “Plaça Catalunya” are among the weekend matinee sessions and the “Pícnic·Jazz Vallaparadís” jazz day on Sunday March 27th starting at noon.
With we aim of offering a content away from being commercial, opened to diversity and to all kind of publics, the Festival does also include additional activities like cinema, swing stage, expositions and other. A line of proposals that do deeply contribute to the relationship between collectives, especially those from the town, like the Terrassahoppers, the Cine Club d’Amics de les Arts i JJ.MM., the UPC, el mNACTEC, the Casa de la Música and the Festival In-Edit.