One more time… Liceu Jazz – Masterclasses & Concerts series starts. A long standing endeavour of consolidated success, a unique opportunity where emerging musicians join great Jazz names at the Auditorium of the Liceu Conservatory, one of the venues of the Voll-Damm International Jazz Festival of Barcelona. A space open to all musicians and lovers of jazz, modern music and flamenco.
From October to December, the Liceu Jazz cycle will be the main protagonist at the Liceu Conservatory! As part of the nine-year long collaboration between the Liceu Conservatory Foundation and the Voll-Damm International Jazz Festival of Barcelona, and under the patronage of the Ferrer-Salat Music Foundation, this institution is once again one of the Jazz’s core centers of Jazz, hosting many activities of the 52nd edition of the Festival: concerts and masterclasses to intensely enjoy Jazz along with the greatest artists.
There is much more than the concerts at the Liceu Conservatory Auditorium (already consolidated as one of the Festival’s reference venues)… You will be able to learn directly from these same internationally renowned interpreters thanks to the masterclass cycle: Javier Colina, Lionel Loueke, Michael League, David Murray, among many others… All together make up an impressive line-up that, continuing the trend of recent years, crosses the boundaries of the jazz genres: the presence of figures such as Ute Lemper or Tomatito give proof of the diverse character of this cycle where everyone can find the proposal closest to their tastes. This year we will host two special concerts starring alumni of the Liceu Conservatory, featuring Lucas Delgado with Juan Pastor and Carolina Alabau.
Throughout this edition of the Liceu Jazz, more than 50 students will have the opportunity to share the program with great musicians presenting innovative projects in the “Carta Blanca” section of the Liceu Conservatory in the official program of the Festival, which will present two groups, the Liceu Gran Ensemble under the direction of Toni Vaquer, with a unique repertoire mixing styles and instruments that are normally separated, such as the Big Band and the classical strings; and also the Liceu Big Band, under the direction of Sergi Vergés, presenting this year a program with the funk hits of the 60s and 70s: Earth, Wind & Fire, Sly & The Family Stone, The Brecker Brothers, The Jackson Sisters, adapting them for Big Band. Our teachers will also be protagonists in this edition: this is the Beethoven Year, and Marco Mezquida, David Xirgu and Pablo Selnik will present their Beethoven Collage project.
Guest artists in previous editions of Liceu Jazz: