Can music experiment and engage at the same time? Can it remain individual and also reach a public without compromising that? Does it matter? LEM festival uses its experimental tag very liberally, but if there’s one thing that struck me this year it’s that it all depends on the space. La Fontana is a very ‘public’… Read more »
The problem with multi-band experiences is: if bands are similar in genre, they bleed into each other; if they’re not, as Cargo, Graves and Institut Fatima (see photo) definitely weren’t last night, you have to emotionally adjust, which is work for a Saturday night, let’s be honest. Still, the venue La Fontana is cool. It’s enormous, and lies… Read more »
For the second LEM concert held in Macba’s chilly auditorium, last night, ZNGR Electroacoustic Ensemble: Carlos Zingaro (in the middle) flanked by an equally serious Emidio Buchino (right) and Carlos Santos (left), met with a smattering of souls and an awestruck silence. A classically-trained violinist, Portuguese Zingaro is a LEM pioneer, having worked with the festival from the… Read more »
Felia Doubrovska is The Firebird (1910) In 1909, a troupe of Russian dancers embarked on a whirlwind 20-year tour of Europe that was to sex-up ballet considerably. Hitherto a fluffy thing stuffed between opera acts, dance became a multidisciplinary multi-sensorial extravaganza that shocked the most enlightened of Parisian… Read more »
Too naughty: Serge Diaghilev A talk related to the exhibition Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes at CaixaForum started with a 20minute introduction by Miquel Cuenca, a man surely too verbose to be a music critic, before the real speaker, Sjeng Scheijen, kicked into his bit. The Dutchman had just published a fat bio of Sergei Diaghilev, a… Read more »
Soizu: a freakishly good butoh performance that formed an unexpected part of LEM music festival. Held at the dance space la Caldera this outrageously disturbing act was made more so by the fact that many in the audience seemed non-plussed by it. On a sparse, ripped up landscape, to the grinding soundscape of Iker Ormazábal, formidable dancer… Read more »
Portraits of the Belle Époque, ended October 9. Still interested? Nice!
Ballet Nacional de Cuba has been and gone now. Still interested? Nice!