34th TERRASSA JAZZ FESTIVAL, MORE CONCERTS AND MORE HORIZONS

Still committed to showcasing today's Catalan and international scene, the event will focus on British, Mexican and African jazz but won’t forget the classics of this genre.

Despite having run more than three decades, the essence of the Terrassa Jazz Festival remains intact. It supports today's jazz scene and at the same time looks back at and reinterprets the legacy of this genre and its legends. Not limiting itself to one particular style, it offers a wide range of styles where fans can feed their appetite for listening to contemporary trends and discovering classic artists through modern eyes.

Organized by Jazz Terrassa- Amics de les Arts i Joventuts Musicals, the 34th Festival will show off its open-mindedness. While focusing on an educational vocation for furthering the story of jazz, it will also discover the past, present and future of the British, Mexican and African scenes. Jazz Terrassa continues to dance to the beat of an increasingly globalized world.

Between March 4-22, the Festival will offer a total of 32 concerts, bringing the music to the usual venues, with concerts at Nova Jazz Cava (which celebrated its 20th birthday in 2014), live performances at Centre Cultural Terrassa and open air shows at the Festival's emblematic locations: Plaça Vella, Plaça Catalunya and Parc Vallparadís (with Picnic Jazz Paradís located at Torrent de la Font d’en Sagrera). New for this year’s Festival, every weekend in March there will be open air live music with eight free concerts.

Amongst the international acts, drummer Ginger Baker, member of legendary rock bands like Cream and Blind Faith, will headline the Festival's opening show on the March 5. At the head of Ginger Baker's Jazz Confusion, he will only give one concert, at NJC, which will be his sole performance in Spain. There he will present his first record in 15 years, entitled “Why?” Also from Great Britain, we will have the chance to enjoy the voices of Janine Johnson, presenting her show “Soul in the City”, and the one-of-a-kind Julia Biel, performing in Spain for the first time with her work “Nobody Loves You Like I Do”.

34th TERRASSA JAZZ FESTIVAL, MORE CONCERTS AND MORE HORIZONS

Still committed to showcasing today's Catalan and international scene, the event will focus on British, Mexican and African jazz but won’t forget the classics of this genre.

Despite having run more than three decades, the essence of the Terrassa Jazz Festival remains intact. It supports today's jazz scene and at the same time looks back at and reinterprets the legacy of this genre and its legends. Not limiting itself to one particular style, it offers a wide range of styles where fans can feed their appetite for listening to contemporary trends and discovering classic artists through modern eyes.

Organized by Jazz Terrassa- Amics de les Arts i Joventuts Musicals, the 34th Festival will show off its open-mindedness. While focusing on an educational vocation for furthering the story of jazz, it will also discover the past, present and future of the British, Mexican and African scenes. Jazz Terrassa continues to dance to the beat of an increasingly globalized world.

Between March 4-22, the Festival will offer a total of 32 concerts, bringing the music to the usual venues, with concerts at Nova Jazz Cava (which celebrated its 20th birthday in 2014), live performances at Centre Cultural Terrassa and open air shows at the Festival's emblematic locations: Plaça Vella, Plaça Catalunya and Parc Vallparadís (with Picnic Jazz Paradís located at Torrent de la Font d’en Sagrera). New for this year’s Festival, every weekend in March there will be open air live music with eight free concerts.

Amongst the international acts, drummer Ginger Baker, member of legendary rock bands like Cream and Blind Faith, will headline the Festival's opening show on the March 5. At the head of Ginger Baker's Jazz Confusion, he will only give one concert, at NJC, which will be his sole performance in Spain. There he will present his first record in 15 years, entitled “Why?” Also from Great Britain, we will have the chance to enjoy the voices of Janine Johnson, presenting her show “Soul in the City”, and the one-of-a-kind Julia Biel, performing in Spain for the first time with her work “Nobody Loves You Like I Do”.

We’re very excited that from the other side of the Atlantic we will be joined by The Nels Cline Singers and Jeff Ballard Fairgrounds, two acts that stretch the limits of jazz. Also, the young Mexican saxophonist Gerry López will debut at the Festival.

Worth noting is Mulatu Astatke, a pioneer of ethio-jazz and a real coup for the Festival. He will help bring together the history of world jazz and afrobeat with the present, with the help of seven musicians. During the Festival, there will be the chance to discover other African musicians, such as percussionist Abas Dadoo (Ginger Baker's Jazz Confusion) and guitarist Lionel Loueke (Jeff Ballard Fairgrounds).

There will also be numerous performances of Catalan and Spanish jazz. We will also be presenting some new albums, such as multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Amargant's new record, leading a quintet, Jordi Rossy's new project with a sextet or the premiere of Ernesto Aurignac Orchestra's recording at NJC.

Big Mama Montse will be the recipient of the 13th Jazzterrassman Award. With a career stretching over 27 years, Montserrat Pratdesaba (St. Quirze de Besora, 1963) has forged a large part of it in Terrassa. She has participated in the Jazz Festival on eleven occasions and has starred in various concerts during the NJC's regular season. Her bond with this Terrassa jazz club, her role in popularizing blues and American folk music and her quality of songwriting, performing and educating make her deserving of this award.

We are proud to announce that the Off Festival programme keeps growing. This year, as many as 35 activities will form part of the line-up that, year after year, comes spontaneously from the many public bodies and associations. Once again, movies, exhibitions, masterclasses, presentations, cocktail events and musical dinners will be the ideal addition to the official programme and an alternative way to experience jazz. Off Festival is the result of the coming together of different groups who have turned this festival into something more than just a musical event.

We’re very excited to highlight the continuing partnership with Xalest de Sabadell school-workshop. It is the students of this special education centre who will be in charge of designing and printing the official T-shirt.

America Sanchez will celebrate his 50 years in Catalonia by designing the poster for this year’s Festival

America Sanchez (Buenos Aires, 1939), Argentinian graphic designer, photographer and artist based in Barcelona since 1965, is the creator of the poster for the 34th Terrassa Jazz Festival in 2015. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Argentinian artist's arrival in Barcelona, the Terrassa jazz club has commissioned him to come up with the image for the publicity for the Terrassa Jazz Festival this year ─an image that expands the historical ‘dummies society’ series. It should be noted that America Sanchez has already designed a poster once before for the Festival, for the fifth festival in 1986.

Sanchez breaks away from topical jazz aesthetics with his visual offering and looks for a more intellectual vision of how art and more specifically music are perceived. The dummy depicted is a being that reacts to music and experiences its impact in the first person. That impact allows it to keep an open mind in order to discover new artists and new kinds of music, which is one of the Terrassa Festival's core objectives.

America Sanchez, whose real name is Juan Carlos Pérez Sánchez, has become one of the top names in graphic design of the past few decades. In his work, the graphic designer and the photographer often mesh together. This teaming up of both these roles has led to the creation of an inseparable image of the worlds of business, advertising, institutions, and finally the artistic world at the end of the 20th and start of the 21st centuries. He began his career as a self-taught graphic designer in Argentina in the early 1960s, following a modern style, influenced by Pop Art. In 1965 he moved to Barcelona where he developed an influential and distinguished career with a style that shifted away from Rationalism. Its origins were to be found in Bauhaus, and tainted by irony, it was extremely clever. Throughout his career, this Argentinian artist has been the recipient of many awards, he is six-time recipient of the Laus prize, and his work has been exhibited in museums like Houston's Museum of Fine Arts and New York's MoMA.

 

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