Sun. Dec 15th, 2019

“My priorities are not success, fame or money, but life”


Manolo García
the Catalan fan could hear him a year ago when he said end point to the tour of his last studio album

Lightning geometry

. And this past summer at the Porta Ferrada Festival, in its current acoustic tour, in which he reviews the aforementioned last album as well as pieces of his Amazonian record label. The Barcelona musician and artist (1955) is now approaching his city to present himself in that unusual acoustic tune wrapped by his trusted musicians: he will do it four nights at the Tivoli Theater (the first today tuesday, 9pm), one in its first Liceu (December 14) and finally two in the Palau de la Música (December 27 and 28).





For this adventure unplugged, García has his faithful team: Ricardo Marín, all kinds of guitars; Íñigo Goldaracena, bass; Victor Iniesta, acoustic and Spanish guitar; Charly Sardà, percussions; I forget Lance, violin and viola; Josete Ordonez, bandurria, lute; Juan Carlos García, keyboards, and everyone also sings. "And I also have fun playing harmonica, percussion, a saucer and also the acoustic guitar."

Don't you know how to live without getting on stage? Why did you decide to splice these two tours?

In November of last year, the rock tour ended, with the American band, presenting Lightning geometry (Sony) As I finished that electric tour, I began to long for all that. And I thought, "nothing, to follow." But I also thought “I can't get heavy, my territory is this, but how do I keep going without getting heavy?”, And suddenly I realized that I had never done acoustics, never. From Los Rápidos, bass, drums, electric guitars and rock and roll, a lifetime. I told my people, my band, and they thought it was great. After all, it was another year on tour, work, food.


“I will never give up that repertoire, which I worked with Quimi for many years. We were very happy, I was; he will know how much happiness he had, I know mine ”

But with substantial changes, right?

Same musicians but with other instruments, and a repertoire that I have turned around in relation to last year. We have worked hard. I've taken songs like San Fernando or Rose of Alexandria, the most emblematic, and I have turned them around. I like to work the suquet of the songs, the substrates that sometimes people don't notice are there.





When you have such an extensive career, is it difficult to make an anthological repertoire?

I am aware that the public always wants to listen to familiar songs and I do not refuse that. What's more, I'm here for that. But then there are others that are not as well known, such as Just love but I am pleased to touch them and review them. And the public accepts them, because he is sitting, I play in theaters and the sound is usually good. And he delights also with those themes, with the arrangements, with the sonority.

Of the little known, which ones work best?

Especially
Just love
, and some topic that I have not yet published, and that I have been playing and taking out throughout the tour.

Do you avoid the repertoire of The Last of the Row?

No no. I'm even doing a little pupurri of five or six songs, some brushstrokes that give people joy. I will never give up that repertoire, which I worked with Quimi for many years. We were very happy, I was; He will know how much happiness he had, I know mine. And I am proud of that repertoire, but obviously what I will never do will be to base a concert of mine on the repertoire of the Ultimate, because it would be an imposture and unworthy. The last were two people who thank God we continue on this planet and for six reasons we have decided to put that aside forever. Neither Quimi nor I live from the past, and I understand that our priorities, my priorities, are not success, fame or money, but life.






“Grandparents, parents and children come. Who else hug the grandparents. It is an image that makes me happy because I see them happy, it causes a curious catharsis

Is your audience renewing?

Yes, I see how grandparents, parents and children come. Who else hug the grandparents. It is an image that makes me happy because I see them happy, it causes a curious catharsis. In a world where we do not stop seeing disturbing images, and with half an agitated planet, being able to be with a group of people for two or three hours with bonanza and tranquility … that point of intimacy and approach totally humanizes us all.

This loudness that recreates in this tour, bandurria, lauds, Spanish guitars, does it also bring you closer to a certain type of popular music?

Yes. I have some memories of childhood and also of some already with El Ultimo to be in a town in Alicante and listen in the morning, at about six in the morning, at these village festivals. Then, when you grow up, that music, hangover, dawning the day, popular music with those instruments, and think and realize that life is worth it. There are times in these concerts of mine in which I feel very alive and full, and when you hear that acoustic guitar and that bandurria you just think that this is also rock and roll. At that moment rock and roll is scratching the poetry that the day can have.





The musician of Poblenou, in the Laie bookstore in Barcelona

The musician of Poblenou, in the Laie bookstore in Barcelona
(Àlex Garcia)




If you did not go on stage or do not feel the music every day, it seems that you would get bored like an oyster.

Not at all; I have other activities that I love. I don't want to be a slave to anything, and in fact I dedicate myself to music to be free, and I get it. I go dosing, in such a way that I try to enjoy but never be a slave. Right now I have an exhibition in Armilla, in Granada, in the House of Culture, with twelve sculptures and sixty paintings, which I have been doing for the last two years. It is the same exhibition that was before in Sant Feliu de Guíxols.

How has your compositional capacity evolved since your first solo album?

Now I have more tricks. The result is what matters. But if there is no inner marrow, the tricks don't work. Because in the end what you do has to hit someone's chest, reach their hearts.





Do you feel resistant to the current dependence of people on social networks, the fast way to consume music?

I am a vividor. I want to live in my world. Anything that gives life I grab like a barnacle, and if it doesn't satisfy me I run away from it. That said, it is clear that the world of culture networks have screwed us alive. From this game, telephone companies, mobile manufacturers and large conglomerates such as Google or YouTube get much more benefit than the world of culture. He has lost, but at the same time all this has hardened us. Veterans who love music not as an object of consumption but as an artistic reality, as a vehicle towards freedom and as a way of life, we remain at the foot of the canyon, while the one who was there only for money has had to change activity or direction. We follow those who really love art.


"Veterans who love music not as an object of consumption but as an artistic reality, as a vehicle towards freedom, we continue at the foot of the canyon"

Have you always been very jealous of your private life?





I never indoctrinate anyone, but if you ask me, I answer: be sending messages and photos continuously; if others do it and are happy, well, and I will never tell them not to do it.

Does authenticity also sell?

Authenticity is or is not. The impostures are impossible, and more if we are long-distance runners. Not everything is the triumph and the social echo. The important thing is the author and his work.

Have you always considered yourself a consistent person?

Yes I swear.

In today's times, for example, it would be convenient for people to listen to the song more Insurrection, classic of The Last, and take action?

They ask me every night.

How should that insurrection be?

The word peaceful is important. It's hard seen seen. The artist must be involved, of course. Isabel Coixet, for example, makes social cinema. The bookstore It is political cinema for its intentionality.

What is the truth?

There is a current world in which there is a huge social precariousness on a global scale, where a few benefit and a large majority suffer from this social precariousness. Result: yellow vests, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, hunger, corralitos, destabilization of Europe, Brexit… Nothing new in the background, everything is unleashed human passions.


“There is a current world in which there is a huge social precariousness on a global scale. Result: yellow vests, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, hunger, corralitos, destabilization of Europe, Brexit ”

Approaching the present. Tour throughout Spain and see what happens in it and also in Catalonia. Your diagnosis is …

Everywhere I see the same thing, and the first thing is that people want to live, be able to go to the countryside for the weekend, and reach the end of the month and not suffocated. And in all places you see that people are already bored of this kind of departure of ladies, and they tell you to see if they agree once. For the good of all. What people don't like, taking away a few, is violence, the streets on fire, the broken cities, and it doesn't matter if they are from Cádiz, A Coruña, Burgos or Murcia or wherever. He possibly knows that politics follows the designs of macroeconomics and its elites. But I insist: the people who go to my concerts come and say “see if they already understand each other” and that says a lot.

Why don't you take advantage of your charismatic character status to make each other reflect?

In the only subject on which I have always wanted to get wet is the problem that I think is the mother of them all, which is the environmental. If that problem is aggravated, the political problems of a Spanish state with autonomies, of a federated state or of a state composed of several different nations … will not paint anything. Politically, I have always had a broken heart, as Alejandro Sanz would say. They tell me that I am going bonhomically and it is not like that: first I am a man of peace, I am not interested in confrontations, slaps do not lead anywhere. And so far we see that all governments respond to complaints with problems. This is disturbing and not correct.

Can you pessimism?

Not everything is lost, although I insist that for me the big red line is climate change. Sanitary privatization or the controversy over linguistic immersion are important, but if the sea rises and we do not stop CO2, in Catalonia all the above will be the same.


"If the environmental problem gets worse, the political problems of a Spanish state with autonomies, of a federated state or of a state composed of several different nations … will not paint anything"



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