Next week the streets, plazas and parks of Barcelona will come alive as the The International Music Competition Maria Canals of Barcelona kicks off it’s 57th edition of this competition.
Founded in 1954 by the pianist Maria Canals and her husband, the writer Rossend Llates. This competition has achieved a level of international recognition since it was accepted by the World Federation of International Music Competitions in 1958. With over 7000 participants from 100 countries and 180 jury members from all over the world this festival is one of the most accessable music competitions and has become a point of reference for music festivals the world over.
With more than 100 families from Barcelona lending their pianos to contestants during the competition the pianos are placed in various parts of the city in order for anyone to enjoy the music of the world’s best pianists.
For a complete calendar of events CLICK HERE
MCB– The International Music Competition Maria Canals
MARCH 19, 2011- April 1, 2011
Every night at 7pm the rooftop of the Hotel Barcelo presents their nightly sunset session on the rooftop terrace aptly named 360, enter through the lobby take the 3rd elevator up to the 11th floor and enjoy the Barcelona Sunset. With spectacular views of Montjuic, the beaches and the entire city. You can watch the city lights turn on as you sip mojitos and experience Barcelona at a bird’s eye view. The perfect place to start up your night or wind down after work, 360 is one of those emergency exits the city hides so well as a welcome change from the chaotic streets of El Raval.
HOTEL BARCELO – RAVAL
Rambla Raval, 17
08001 Barcelona, Spain
933 201 490
Last night thousands of people showed up at the ARCO DE TRIOMF for a night of Catalan Unity to celebrate the Catalan Independence ONZE DE SETEMBRE (September 11th). At 10 pm ELS AMICS DE LES ARTS took the stage and played a solid set that had the crowds going wild and Catalan flags waiving in the wind.
Here is a recap of the night- enjoy!
All Photos by David Naveira
Happy Friday, this song is from local Barcelona band- The Pinker Tones.
Tengo ganas de verano!!
Direct from Paris – Wax Tailor brings his signature sound to the Barcelona stage on November 19. His latest album “In The Mood For Life” features his trademark sampling and seamless blend of jazz arrangements over soulful lyrics and Hip-Hop beats. The video below shows a talented producer collaborating with up and coming artists from New York to Paris to create an orchestra of vintage inspired beats with old movie sound bites. Bouncing back and forth between styles and genres his newest sonic endeavor will appeal to those looking for chilled out tracks (Oscar) as well as those with more adventurous musical palate (Cheron).
To sample the mind-blowing new album “IN THE MOOD FOR LIFE”
WAX TAILOR – @ SALA APOLLO – NOVEMBER 19, 2009 – 20hr
Some late night classics that hit the spot after a long day.
Back in 2000, two Brazilian sisters- Marise Cardoso aka DJIIVA and Amarilis Vitale arrived in Barcelona and were instantly blown away by the electronic music scene that was taking the city by storm.
Together they formed NSISTA, a band whose sound has been influenced by their travels around the world. Their Brazilelectro beats have evolved over the years reflecting the years of crossing borders and genres. Like stamps on their passports, their music is a unique collage of samba beats layered over lush electronic arrangements and experimental sounds cascading in the background. Their look consisting of recycled materials such as plastic bottles and bottle caps form post modern head pieces which reflects their do it your self attitude.
On this particular Sunday night – NSISTA holds center court in an old convent turned cultural center on the border of the Born neighborhood. The hipster crowd below them- can’t stop moving their heads and hips to the sambatronic beats radiating from the speakers. They stand center stage in an open courtyard, bathed in hot pink light and transmitting love for their fans.
The neighbors however, don’t seemed too amused by the weekend festival which is now on its 15th edition, was created by MARISE and aptly named PULGAS MIX. A flea market based concept, that has over taken the space with artist, musicians and fashion designers from all over spain. The goal of the festival is to share the talent in an incubated center for people to touch and hear the pulse of Barcelona’s art scene.
When not producing music, or organizing festivals NSISTA also lends a hand and signature sound to bands such as Macaco, Ojos de Brujo, Brazuca and Matraca that turn to the duo when looking to brazilify their sound.
To discover the SAMBA XXXPERIENCE click here .
Make sure to check out the AfroMix of their new track CABOCLA
To download their new single CABOCLA click HERE