Jazz returns to Vitoria with Galician and American notes

An image of the Vitoria Jazz Festival

An image of the Vitoria Jazz Festival

Perfection of Atlantic Bridge Project has colored the closing of the first day of the 44th edition of an intimate Vitoria Jazz Festival which has brought together lovers of this musical genre two years later.

This international group, formed between Galicia and USA has exclusively presented his second album, ‘Portus Apostoli’, with a coordinated line-up led by the piano by Alberto Conde and the double bass by Kin García, but with a lot of presence of the winds by Walter White, (trumpet and fliscornio) and Rosario Giuliani (alto sax), in addition to the drums by Miguel Cabana.

The band has presented some changes regarding its origin. The Italian Rosario Giuliani has replaced Jorge Pardo and has made it clear why he was chosen to record various songs with the famous Ennio Morricone, while it has not been possible to listen to the guitar of Steve Brown, who has not traveled due to the pandemic. However, his colleagues have not wanted to forget him and have dedicated ‘Sweet angel and Julian’s Day’ to him, two of their creations for this project, with touches of bossa nova.

The flamenco of ’34 sur ‘, which started the concert, made the intentions of this quintet very clear, which has played many musical genres such as rock in “Marginados” and even the Galician muiñeira in’ Parallel 42 ‘. Each perfect only had as an answer an applause from a respectful audience who enjoyed the taste and mixes of these masters who pasted their instruments to perfection.

The stage was premiered in the afternoon by the Israeli Itamar Borochov, who started with his progressive ‘Motherlands’, in a staging in which he has gone hand in hand with his quartet companions, Rob Clearfield, fine on the piano; Sam Weber, skilled at the double bass; Jay Sawyer, melodic on drums.

The sounds of the Middle East were immediately noticeable on the soft trumpet of the current winner of the Jazz Letter One Rising Stars Award, which gave prominence to the trio that accompanied him, which delighted the three-quarters of the stands that the Vitorian venue presented. Dressed in the Kippa, he even dared to sing various melodies accompanying the piano and double bass.

In addition to the themes of the ‘Blue Nights’ Itamar Borochov presented some of his creations that saw the light during the lockdown, always with the sensitivity that characterizes this artist when it comes to transferring his emotions to the public, who responded with two important ovations. The audience, led by Borochov, set out to accompany the rhythms of the talented trio that played alongside the trumpeter in ‘Take me to the bridge’, a song that brought out the best of each one in the last song of a concert that was not place to encores. Before, the Teatro Principal in the capital has hosted the Miguel Salvador Quartet, led by the virtuoso Basque guitarist Miguel Salvador.

On Thursday, Thumbscrew will continue on the second day, led by guitarist Mary Halvorson, as well as Pablo Caminero Trío with the premiere of ‘Al toque’. The Theater will host the young veteran Gonzalo del Val who comes from Catalan lands to Vitoria with his usual trio and Benet Palet will also be accompanied to interpret one of the best jazz works of the past year.


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