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Here’s the line-up and schedule for the upcoming London Catalan Festival to be held at Pizza Express Jazz Club.
Saturday 1st June, 1.30pm - Clara Peya ‘Estómac’ £15 Pianist and composer Clara Peya is considered one of the most original and unique musicians on the Catalan and Spanish scene. Peya will be presenting her latest album Estómac, which was awarded Best Album of 2018 by the venerated music magazine Enderrock (Catalonia). In an album where she combines sounds of jazz, rap, pop and electronic, Peya conveys a feminist message that tries to deconstruct the idea of ‘romantic love’. Line up: Clara Peya (piano), Magali Sare (vocals), Vic Moliner (bass).
Saturday 1st June 7pm - Pere Navarro Quintet £18 Pere Navarro, trumpet player, pianist, composer and producer, is one of the brightest young talents on the Catalan and Spanish jazz scene. He is visiting London with his quintet, with whom he has released two albums on ‘Fresh Sound Records’. They will be performing music from his latest release Pere Navarro Quintet Live in Madrid, recorded in one of the most important jazz clubs in the city.
Line up: Pere Navarro (trumpet & compositions), Ferran Borrell (guitar), Joan Solana (piano), Joseph Colls (electric bass), Joan Carles Marí (drums).
Saturday 1st June 10.30pm - Mel Gimard ‘Numen’ £15 Mélodie Gimard, above, is a French pianist, composer and arranger living and working in Barcelona. She will be presenting Numen, her debut album. Numen is an original project that blends flamenco with jazz and classical music. Gimard skilfully weaves together a wide range of influences from music, art and life: telling her own story whilst drawing from the flamenco tradition and its language seen from a new angle. Line up: Melodie Gimard (piano & compositions), Thais Hernandez (vocals), Agusti Espin (electric bass), Pablo Gómez (percussion), feat. special guest Yelfris Valdes (trumpet).
Sunday 2nd June 1.30pm - Rita Payés & Elisabeth Roma £15 The young Catalan trombonist and singer Rita Payés joins forces with her mother Elisabeth Roma, an exceptional classical guitarist, to shape their new project. Mother and daughter will be launching their debut album Imagina during the London Catalan Festival, giving their most personal view on the music that has accompanied them all their lives, from traditional Catalan lullabies to bossa nova, fado, boleros. For this particular performance, the duo will be joined on stage by bassist Magali Datzira (Sant Andreu Jazz Band) and percussionist Juan Berbín.
Sunday 2nd June 8.00pm - Marco Mezquida ‘Ravel’s Dreams’ £20 The versatile pianist, improviser and composer Marco Mezquida takes us on an oneiric journey through Maurice Ravel's musical and personal imagery. A dream about the vitality of his legacy and the eclecticism of the music he was seduced by: from the French classics to the romantic virtuosos; from the experimentation with popular music to the influences of his contemporaries and the effervescence of jazz.
Along with percussionist Aleix Tobias and cellist Martín Meléndez, Marco Mezquida delivers a personal, unique approach to Ravel's genius: he permeates it with groove, expands it through improvisation, and creates something entirely new and personal.
Line up: Marco Mezquida (piano), Aleix Tobias (percussion), Martín Meléndez (cello).