It will be “more powerful editing” of the Voll-Damm International Festival
The Voll-Damm International Jazz Festival of Barcelona presented today the programming of its 48th edition, which promises to be “the most powerful” in the 50 year history of the event, as noted by Tito Ramoneda, director of the developer The Project, organizer of the festival. “We celebrate these 50 years of history with a consolidated, powerful, open society project, which has international projection and looking both big names in the history of modern jazz contemporary as all emerging values and all the boldest “said Ramoneda.
Its first edition was held in October 1966 and, since the 70s lived a two-year hiatus, the 2016 will celebrate its 48th edition. The festival will heat engines on October 1 with “Jazz and Food”, a free 12-hour day in which mixed jazz and cuisine in the Parc del Poble Nou Centre. Los Van Van, Cuba’s orchestra founded in 1969 by bassist Juan Formell, will be presented on October 20 in “another pre-party” activities and daily concerts begin on October 24 with Cuban pianist Chucho Valdes, godfather festival.
Joan Anton Cararach, artistic director of the festival, which will end in mid-December, highlighted the debut in Barcelona three artists who will offer viewers “unforgettable music”. Cuban singer, Daime Arocena, “a sort of cross between Aretha Franklin and Celia Cruz,” which mixes Santeria with electronic music and legacy of Cuban music; French, Michel Legrand, composer of the musical film The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967) and winner of three Oscars; and Michael Feinstein, one of the big names that represent American popular music, who plays Frank Sinatra classics by the Vallès Symphony Orchestra.
The gold medal winner will receive the legendary Chicago drummer Jack DeJohnette, who will perform with the trio led by Ravi Coltrane and Mathew Garrison this year. The seventh art will also be present in the musical event, which has scheduled a special session of cinema with the film “Playing Lecuona” starring artists Chucho Valdes, Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Michel Camilo. Film Archive of Catalonia also screen films whose soundtracks have participated trumpeter Terence Blanchard American and French singer Michel Legrand.
The current edition will feature the participation of other festivals like elClazz Latin Jazz, originally born in Barcelona and this year returns to the city with two concerts, and De Cajón !, which after years of inactivity- has been recovered by the organizers as a flamenco festival in the International Jazz Festival of Barcelona.