Up the twelfth edition of the Liceu Jazz Masterclasses & Concerts!!!
During the months of October and November, the Conservatori Liceu Foundation becomes one of the international jazz hubs, within the collaboration that the Conservatori Liceu Foundation maintains with the Voll-Damm Barcelona International Jazz Festival, and with the patronage of the Ferrer-Salat Music Foundation.
A unique cycle full of masterclasses and concerts by internationally renowned musicians will bring together top-level musicians who, in addition to offering high-quality concerts, will share spaces for knowledge exchange with the students of the Conservatory, offering them the unique opportunity to get to know them up close and play with them. These activities will take place at the Conservatori Liceu Auditorium, a space located in the heart of the Raval neighborhood, fully established and recognized as one of the best of its kind in our country.
13 masterclasses have been scheduled in this edition of the cycle, which will feature the participation of musicians such as Kenny Barron; Yonathan Avishai and Omer Avital; Sylvie Courvoisier and Mary Halvorson; Joel Ross; Dave Douglas; Joey Calderazzo and Miguel Zenón; Donny McCaslin; The Bad Plus; Aaron Parks; Chris Potter; Dani de Morón; Ralph Towner; and finally, the group formed by Antonio Serrano, Javier Colina, Albert Sanz, and Israel Suárez “Piraña”.
Likewise, within the cycle, we will have the pleasure of enjoying 2 very special encounters at the Conservatori Liceu Live Room, where guest musicians will explain their projects and musical trajectories. The first one with Richard Bona, who this year will perform as a guest artist with the Liceu Big Band at the Paral·lel 62 venue, and the second one with Michel Camilo, who will also offer a concert at the Palau de la Música.
In addition, this year the singer, composer, trumpeter, and saxophonist Andrea Motis will perform at the Palau de la Música together with the Conservatori Liceu Camerata, made up of conservatory students, replicating the musical project that he recorded last February in Chile together with the Camerata Papageno.
This year we will host 19 concerts, among which the participation of great jazz figures stands out, such as Kenny Barron, considered one of the most influential jazz pianists in jazz history. We will also have the presence of Yonathan Avishai and Omer Avital, two outstanding Israeli musicians who fuse jazz with their oriental roots. In addition, we will have the opportunity to listen to the free improvisation duo formed by Sylvie Courvoisier and Mary Halvorson; Joel Ross’ Good Vibes Quartet, with their innovative explorations with the vibraphone; Dave Douglas Gifts Trio, paying tribute to the musical legacy of composer and saxophonist Charles Lloyd; Joey Calderazzo Trio with Miguel Zenón, who will offer us unique music born from their fruitful collaboration; Donny McCaslin Quartet, which will thrill the audience with their contemporary jazz quartet with electronic touches; Michel Camilo, a leading pianist in the fusion of Caribbean rhythms and jazz harmonies; The Bad Plus, a prominent trio that lives on the limits of improvisation; Aaron Parks Quartet, with their introspective music; Richard Bona, who will offer a concert in collaboration with the Liceu Big Band; Chris Potter Circuits Trio, which will provide a good dose of virtuosity with the saxophone; Dani de Morón, who will captivate us with his flamenco; Ralph Towner, the renowned guitarist who is part of the ECM sound; and the quartet formed by Antonio Serrano, Javier Colina, Albert Sanz, and Israel Suárez “Piraña”, who will explore the sounds of latin music, jazz, and flamenco.
Once again, the Conservatori Liceu will present their four big ensembles: the Liceu Gran Ensemble, the Liceu BLAM Collective, the Liceu Big Band —featuring bassist Richard Bona as a guest artist—, and the Liceu Jazz Group. These ensembles are made up of students and directed by the professors of the Jazz and Modern Music Department. The curriculum of the Conservatori Liceu, through the practice in these projects, promotes education both in the classroom and on stage, with the aim of facilitating students’ access to professional experiences. Developing education in the classrooms and culture on the stages is part of the Liceu’s DNA since its origins.
The Liceu Gran Ensemble is an innovative ensemble that breaks down any barriers between musical styles and genres. It is a project born out of collaboration between the Jazz and Modern Music Department and the Orchestral Instruments Department. The Big Band formation is unusually mixed with the string section, based on an experimental repertoire that takes the audience to a special atmosphere under the direction of Toni Vaquer. On this occasion, they will offer a concert at the Conservatori Liceu Auditorium.
The Liceu Big Band is one of the few stable ensembles of its kind in our country that offers a completely professional experience. It has established itself as one of the essential formations in the city’s jazz scene. Directed by one of the country’s most expert Big Band arrangers, Sergi Vergés. This year, in a special way, they will have the pleasure of collaborating with Cameroonian bassist Richard Bona, and they will perform at the Paral·lel 62 venue.
The Liceu BLAM Collective is a formation in the field of modern music, where students are directed by professors Pedro Campos and Alex Dee and presents itself as an explosion of music, full of influences from Black American Music and African-American music. On this occasion, they will offer a concert at the Conservatori Liceu Live Room.
Another activity that will take place during the cycle is the renowned jam sessions of the Conservatori Liceu, which will take place in the Conservatori Liceu Live Room. The first one of this course will be opened by the Liceu Jazz Group, formed by some of the most outstanding students of the Conservatory, who work on a highly demanding repertoire under the direction of one of the most important jazz musicians on the current scene, and professor at the Conservatori Liceu, saxophonist Bill McHenry.
It is also worth mentioning the concert by Anna Manzano, Extraordinary Award in the category of Jazz and Modern Music Performance at the Conservatori Liceu for the 2022-2023 academic year.
Another novelty this year will be the concerts featuring students from the Conservatory, which will take place in the Conservatori Liceu Live Room prior to the concerts that will be held at the Conservatori Liceu Auditorium, and which will serve as a warm-up before listening to the great artists who will visit us this year.
We hope you enjoy this proposal and the program of masterclasses and concerts. You can check the complete agenda, and if you want to get a taste of the artists who will accompany us, you can listen to this playlist that we have prepared for the occasion.
We look forward to seeing you at Liceu Jazz!!!
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