Paco Ibáñez and the poetry of Enric Casasses are two of the other festival highlights in the next few days
In the last few years, the figure of Ovidi Montllor, a singer-songwriter from Alcoi, has become key to understanding the Catalan Nova Cançó movement. The rediscovery by new generations of music fans of this influential musical and political figure means that there are a multitude of tributes planned to commemorate the 20th anniversary of his death. One of the most moving promises to be the symphony concert Perquè volem!, which can be seen for the first time in Barcelona at L’Auditori on the 6th of March.
This performance, based on Ovidi Montllor’s songs, is a collaborative effort by the Corporació Musical Primitiva d’Alcoi and the Coral Sant Jordi of Barcelona. Its unique format combines the particular sound of a symphonic band with the choral song of a long-standing choir who will bring out all of the colour of Montllor’s lyrics in the incomparable setting of L’Auditori.
The BarnaSants festival is offering other highlights this month, including a mix of song and poetry in Sense pistola (3 March) by Arturo Gaya (Quico el Célio, el Noi and el Mut de Ferreries) and Laia Oliveras, based on texts by Enric Casasses, and a concert by the veteran singer-songwriter Paco Ibáñez (11 March), who will offer a selection of classic Spanish poems set to music.
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