GARRIGUES GUITAR FESTIVAL 2018 | The 7th Garrigues Guitar Festival kicks off

  • On July 6th at 9:00 PM, the first performance of the Garrigues Guitar Festival, Memorial Emili Pujol, organized by the Consell Comarcal de les Garrigues, will take place at the Rock Art Site of Roca dels Moros del Cogul.

  • The concert will be performed by Lídia Pujol and Guillermo Rizzotto, with a musical proposal specially prepared to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the UNESCO World Heritage designation of the Rock Art Site of Roca dels Moros, a space considered sacred and magical with over 8,000 years of history.

Source: Les Garrigues Tourism | July 5, 2018

Lídia Pujol (voice, texts, and songs) and Guillermo Rizzotto (guitar and compositions) have prepared a show called The Memory of the Stone, a recital of voice and guitar with instrumental pieces and songs that speak of love and freedom. The event will include a visit to the paintings and a tasting of local products.

Taking advantage of the visit, El Cogul welcomes festival attendees with the graffiti ‘Mares de la terra’ by artist Lily Brik. The large-scale mural is a perspective of Mireia Serra on the rock paintings of Roca dels Moros and the landscape of Valle del Set as it passes through the town of El Cogul.

The Consell Comarcal de les Garrigues organizes the seventh edition of the Garrigues Guitar Festival from July 6th to September 8th. Along with the concerts, the audience can enjoy guided tours, dinners, wine tastings, screenings of the documentary ‘Emili Pujol, el mestre’ and cultural routes.

This event pays tribute to the master guitarist and musicologist from Les Garrigues, Emili Pujol (La Granadella, 1886 – Barcelona, 1980), an international representative figure of the guitar instrument in the 20th century. The festival aims to bring the highest expressions of string music and promote classical music as a cultural expression in all corners of its homeland.

This year highlights a wide range of music, from baroque to Catalan song. Below you will find the concerts you can attend:

On Friday, July 13th at 10:00 PM, you can enjoy a concert of guitar and Canarian timple by Luis Alejandro García & David Duque at the Castell Palau de Torrebesses. They will introduce unusual sounds into classical works such as Heyne or Sanz, extending to popular Canarian and Latin American pieces. Free admission. Additionally, you can have dinner + concert starting at 11:30 PM by reservation at 666 494 472 or 666 493 409.

On Saturday, July 14th, visit Mas Janet, the inspirational home of Emili Pujol, followed by a wine tasting. This free activity will start at 7:00 PM at the Torrebesses Town Hall. Also, at 10:00 PM, there will be a concert by 22Strings Quartet presenting original works and adaptations by renowned musicians and members of the quartet themselves. Free concert at the San Salvador Church.

On Sunday, July 15th at 12:30 PM, you can join a guided tour led by Paquita Farré. From the Church of Santa Maria de Gràcia de la Granadella, declared a Cultural Heritage of National Interest, to the Museum of the Catalan Olive Culture Center, you will discover notable landmarks such as Pujol’s house, visits by personalities, the old reservoir, or mysterious signs on the portals, all amidst spectacular views surrounded by olive fields. This free activity is limited to 30 people.

At 6:30 PM at the Civic Center – Emili Pujol Library of La Granadella, you can watch the documentary ‘Emili Pujol, el mestre’ by Artur Blasco, a musician, researcher, and disseminator of Catalan folklore. Afterwards, at 8:30 PM at the Santa Maria de Gràcia Church, you’re invited to enjoy a concert by one of the most prominent guitarists and composers of our time: Arnaud Dumond. Free admission.

On Saturday, July 21st at 8:00 PM, Evoéh Trio will perform at the Sant Antoni Abat Church of Bellaguarda. They will interpret ‘Árbore da vida,’ a project of research, compilation, re-elaboration, and creation of music and poetry based on the musicological work of Felip Pedrell nearly 100 years ago and on ‘Cantares gallegos’ by Rosalía de Castro. Free admission.

On Sunday, July 22nd, starting at 9:00 PM at the Terrall de les Borges Blanques, Silvia Nogales & David Hernando will perform, blending saxophone and guitar sounds with a new repertoire that invites you to travel to different places around the world through a concert program that will feature classical composers of renowned prestige fused with brand-new works. Free admission.

On July 28th at 9:00 PM, we await you at the Sant Joan Baptista Church of Vinaixa for a concert by Luis Alejandro García, ‘Lazos sobre el Atlántico.’ As one of the most outstanding young musicians of his generation, he will present a musical journey back and forth through the great works of Lecuona, Lauro, Brouwer, Manjón, Llobet, Asencio, and Turina. Concert + tasting: €3.

On Saturday, August 4th at 8:00 PM, there will be a concert at the Sant Miguel Church of Granyena de les Garrigues by Dos de Lis. Roser Farré and Laura Fontanals, from Lleida, present their first project, ‘Empremtes,’ with the aim of delving into the repertoire for violin and guitar and rediscovering it. Concert + dinner at La Garbinada Restaurant: €8.

On Saturday, August 11th at 9:00 PM, there will be a concert by Fexart Trio and a visit to the Castle of La Floresta. FEXArt Trio consists of three Latin American musicians with outstanding careers on various international stages, aiming to promote and disseminate Latin American repertoire while paying homage to Catalan popular repertoire. Admission to the concert, visit, and tasting: €4.

On Sunday, August 12th at 12:45 PM at the Sala República of Arbeca, Ana Moreira & Elisabeth Roma will perform a concert. ‘Divagação’ proposes a repertoire chosen from music with a personal and freely arranged treatment, adapted or recreated by this ensemble, a musical journey through works by Latin American authors such as Villa-Lobos, Ramírez, and Piazzolla, as well as the popular ones by Falla and the inspiring ones by Montsalvatge. Free admission.

On Tuesday, August 14th at the Castle of Espluga Calba, Karol Samuelčík will perform a concert at 10:30 PM, presenting his latest album and performing a musical journey through Slovakian folk songs by Mertz and Borzík to Catalan ones by Pujol and Llobet. Free admission.

On Friday, August 17th at 10:00 PM, Natalia Labourdette & Javier Garcia Verdugo will perform a concert at the Transfiguració del Senyor Church of Juneda. They invite us to enjoy the most universal works arranged for voice and classical guitar by Dowland, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Wolf, Britten, Saint-Saëns, Falla, and Villa-Lobos. Free admission.

On Saturday, August 25th at 9:00 PM at Vinya dels Vilars of Arbeca, Classicjazz Quartet will perform a concert, merging the worlds of classical and jazz music, based on the original idea of blending the two styles: classical and jazz. Visit, tasting, and concert: €5.

To close the concert cycle, we invite you on September 8th at 9:00 PM at Celler Mas Blanch i Jové of La Pobla de Cèrvoles to the concert by Projet 441Hz, a musical and visual spectacle where different forms of art converge on the same stage. Dance, painting, and poetry are present through audiovisuals that accompany, enrich, and elevate the warm sounds of the guitar, featuring a selection of composers such as Falla, Albéniz, or Bogdanovic. Visit, tasting, and concert: €10.


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