The International Festival of Canary Islands Jazz & More, one of the most beloved cultural events in the Archipelago, continues its journey through the islands in this exceptional year in which it celebrates its twenty-ninth edition, with a special format adapted to sanitary security measures against Covid-19.
His musical program for this 2020, which includes almost 40 concerts in seven of the eight islands, started on the island of Gran Canaria last Saturday with the new project of the musician Polo Ortí at the Guinguada Theater. And this week it continues in two reference spaces for the jazz meeting on the island: the Rincón del Jazz and the municipality of Santa Brígida.
In order of concerts, the Jazz Corner, in the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium, opens its doors to the Galician band Sumrrá, one of the most interesting trios on the Spanish jazz scene, presenting its latest work this Friday, August 7, 6 Mulleres, dedicated to six inspiring women who fought for a more equal world: Frida Kahlo, Rosa Parks, Rosalía de Castro, Quin Jin, Malala Yousafsai and Nawal El-Saadawi.
Tickets for this concert can be purchased on the websites of Alfredo Kraus and Pérez Galdós, as well as at the box office (from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., in the case of the Theater, and from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., in the Auditorium). The seats are grouped into blocks of 1, 2, 3 or 4 seats. And this system is the same for the Atom String Quartet concert at the Pérez Galdós Theater.
But before, Calle Real, in the heart of Santa Brígida, doubles with two international front-line formations. Starting at 8:30 p.m., Julien Tassin Trio unfolds a tapestry of blues, rock and jazz, where the Belgian guitarist who leads the group takes the stage accompanied by two of the best musicians in his country, bassist Lennart Heyndels and the drummer Dré Pallemaerts.
They are followed by Next.Ape, a formation of four musicians from different latitudes that explores a psychedelic mix of rock and trip-hop, at the crossroads of Radiohead, Portishead, Damon Albarn, Modeselektor and Miles Davis, whose lyrics project pictorial and cinematographic images, indicate from Jazz & More. Attendance at both concerts requires prior reservation at this address: [email protected], with a maximum of two tickets per reservation, in strict order of registration.
Next week hosts the strike Final and intensive Jazz & More on the island of Gran Canaria. And the strong sets parade from the beginning: Atom String Quartet, one of the most intriguing string quartets in the world and also one of the best Polish jazz bands, reels his chamber repertoire and improvisations at Pérez Galdós, Tuesday 11 August. The next day, the room Miller, the new cultural space of the city, welcomes the Quevedo & Rascón group and also projects the feature film The Connection, by Shirley Clarke (USA, 1961), within the cycle Jazz & Movie. Access also requires prior registration on the web www.lpacultura.com, starting next Monday.
And as usual, the end of the party takes the Plaza de Santa Ana, in the center of Vegueta, with three consecutive days of open-air concerts, which this year require prior entry at the symbolic price of 2 euros, which can be purchased on the website www.tickety.es. This is the lineup: Fábrica La Isleta and Michael League & Friends, on Thursday the 13th; Susana Sheiman & Chano Gil Quartet and The Cuban Jazz Syndicate feat. Pepe Rivero, on Friday the 14th; and the Local Jazz Band, Antonio Lizana Quintet and Steffen Morrison, on Saturday, August 15.