Chucho Valdés, one of the most important pianists of the Latin jazz and Associate Professor of the Liceu Conservatory, will take part of the International Barcelona Jazz Festival, with two different concerts and his participation as a guest in another show of the festival and a master class. Chucho Valdés, patron of the festival since the last edition, will premiere on November 20th a new show called “En familia” (“In family”) with his two children. A couple of days after that, on November 22th, he will be also performing his very special recital for piano solo, where the Latin music legend will show all his influences and special sound. The presence of the Cuban pianist at the Liceu Conservatory, besides his Associate Professor category, will be clear once again with a master class at the Liceu Conservatory as a part of the extensive program of special lectures of important jazz musicians.
Also, with this master class program, a total of 14 different artists of the International Barcelona Jazz Festival will become special teachers of the Liceu Conservatory, including lectures of Maria Schneider, Uri Caine, Ambrose Akinmusire, David Virelles, Kurt Rosenwinkel or the trio of Danilo Pérez, John Patitucci and Brian Blade, for example. You can see all the details of the master classes of the International Barcelona Jazz Festival in our website here.
On the other hand, another member of Liceu Conservatory faculty, Celeste Alías, will be performing the Carte Blanche of this festival edition. At the initiative of the Liceu Conservatory, the festival proposes to a teacher of the center, also an active musician, a carte blanche, meaning the chance to participate in the festival with different projects. The artist chosen this year, the singer Celeste Alías, is a singing teacher of the Liceu Conservatory degree and she will be present at the festival with three proposals that show much of her interest. We will start with a duo with the pianist Marco Mezquida to perform their second album together, Lunáticos (Lunatics), which, as its title suggests, is an exquisite anthology of songs related to the quintessential jazz star, the Moon. The second project is Let’s Sing Again, focus on the so-called American Songbook, the great song repertoire with its epicenter in Broadway, that Alías proposes with a band co-lead by the drummer Guillem Arnedo and Jordi Rossy on the piano and vibraphone. Finally, the third proposal is a premiere, Todo parece tan sencillo (Everything looks so simple) music composed by Alías of poems of Montserrat Abelló.