Festival de Blues

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Aunque todavía falta algunas semanas para que empiece el Festival Internacional de Blues de Cerdanyola, quizás ha llegado ya el momento de empezar a hablar de las bandas que visitarán sus escenarios durante los próximos meses de septiembre y octubre. Y pese a que el cartel que, una vez más, ha diseñado la comisión organizadora es de primer nivel, nos atraveríamos a decir que, como ya sucedió el año anterior, las bandas nacionales no desmecerán en absoluto la calidad de los conciertos que nos ofrecerán las figuras internacionales que, a menudo, parece que suscitan un mayor interés.

En nuestro país hace ya años que se hace mucha y buena música. Y abundan las propuestas originales, interesantes y que, además, pueden permitir a muchas personas descubrir facetas de la historia del blues que, hasta ahora, desconocían. Como, sin ir más lejos, los Howlin' Dogs, un grupo de Girona que basa gran parte de su repertorio en las míticas grabaciones del legendario Alan Lomax.

AlanLomax59Alan Lomax, el arqueólogo del Blues

Si no sabéis quien es Alan Lomax y no habéis visitado el enlace que os hemos adjuntado hace un par de líneas, aquí tenéis los datos básicos de su biografía. Lomax es considerado, por muchos, como el "arqueólogo del blues". Durante muchos años, recorrió el sur de los Estados Unidos, y más concretamente aquellas áreas en las que consideraba que podían esconderse músicos de talento a los que nunca nadie había grabado. Acompañado por  un rudimentario equipo de sonido que trasladaba en su coche, iba allá donde le decían que vivía algún desconocido bluesman que atesoraba en su memoria viejas canciones y (si se nos permite caer en el tópico) les grababa en el porche de su cabaña, en el "honky tonk" de turno, o allí donde le indicasen que debía ir. Gracias a esas exploraciones musicales se lanzaron a la fama nombres como (agárrense a la silla, amigos) Muddy Waters, Leadbelly o Woody Guthrie. No se limitó solamente al Blues, ni tampoco a los Estados Unidos. Sus expediciciones para dejar constancia grabada del patrimonio musical mundial que, hasta ese momento, nadie había registrado y que podía perderse cuando falleciesen las personas que conocían aquellas canciones le llevaron a otros países como Grecia o... España. Pero nosotros hablamos de blues, y eson son ya otras historias.

Desde hace muchos años, la ingente cantidad de grabaciones acumulada por Lomax durante sus correrías por el planeta forma parte del patrimonio cultural que el Gobierno de Estados Unidos protege, como el tesoro que es, en la Biblioteca del Congreso. La buena noticia es que, convenientemente digitalizado y colgado en internet, puede disfrutarse de forma totalmente gratuita. visitando este enlace. También podéis buscar "Alan Lomax Archive" en Youtube.

Los Howlin' Dogs, bebiendo del legado de Lomax

En ese ingente legado musical basan buena parte de su repertorio los Howlin' Dogs. Con tres discos ya en el mercado, en Cerdanyola presentarán su nuevo Long Play ("Howlin' Dogs II") en el que, según ellos mismos comentan, se abren más a otras influencias como Tom Waits o, incluso, un cierto sonido psicodélico en algunos temas, aunque sin abandonar el tributo al blues más clásico que caracterizó sus primeros trabajos. Sin duda, una propuesta más que interesante. Y un buen motivo para no perderse su visita al escenario principal del Festival, el próximo 6 de octubre.

 

molinavilaThe Cerdanyola international Blues Festival which will be held between 28 September and 7 October now has a graphic image in the work of the illustrator from Cerdanyola, Olga Molina.

The sign, which is charged with symbolism, answers the question where are the women? which is often asked in the country’s musical and cultural sector. The sign features a black female instrumentalist, which is not very usual as women are normally represented in their facet as singers. What’s more, the illustration also pays clear homage to the Afro-American activist Rosa Parks and to her iconic image on a bus when she refused to give up her seat to a white man when asked to by the driver in Montgomery (Alabama). In 1955 this unleashed a long boycott of public transport which lasted 381 days. For the artist, Olga Molina, in the drawing the girl “has a direct look which calls out to the spectator as if they were getting on the bus” and “raises a challenging eyebrow” because “she is alone, it is night time but she is not frightened”, the illustrator highlights. Molina has also tried to be faithful to “a casual and intimate scene before or after a concert” while recovering “the essence of blues feeling”.

For her part, the councillor responsible for culture in Cerdanyola Council, Elvi Vila, explains that of the three sign proposals offered, this was chosen because it was a female artist with connections with the town. Vila also highlights the many interpretations of the poster and stresses the “challenging attitude of the main character, which is quite a vindication at the present time”.

Olga Molina studies painting restorations where she learns pictorial techniques and becomes familiar with the style of the classical painters. Shortly after she starts a stage that features realist paintings, but needs to find a free language of her own, which she develops after doing a postgraduate in creative illustration. As an illustrator she works with aquarelle and a more relaxed style, free of proportions and perspectives and with drawings that stretch beyond a strict decorative function. In two thousand and fifteen, the WeTransfer platform offers to promote her work and this allows her to take a large step forward and work on some international projects.

cartellblues2018Renewed logo

Furthermore, one of this year’s graphic novelties is that it recovers the historical logo of the Cerdanyola International Blues Festival. This was the work of Manuel Méndez and has been updated for the thirtieth anniversary. This distinction will feature on different elements of merchandising made expressly for the event. Méndez, a resident of Cerdanyola, is a graphic designer.


10 days of blues

Between 28 September and 7 October, Cerdanyola will become the capital of Blues and will recover the yearly frequency of the Cerdanyola International Blues Festival which this year will be celebrating its thirtieth anniversary and its twenty-eight edition (the festival became a two-year event in 2012). Streets, squares and premises in the city will soon present a broad programme.

After all this years, the International Blues Festival from Cerdanyola have had the intention of introduce, not only the music, but also the culture behind the blues as a cultural, creative and emotional expression. 

The International Blues Festival from Cerdanyola del Vallès had the first edition in 1988. The original idea came from the Cerdanyola Radio after organizing a concert for celebrating the 5th anniversaty of the station.  It was in that moment when they decided to organize a blues festival, to differentiate between Cerdanyola and the rest of the territory.

 

This year is the 2th edition (29 years) of a festival that stands for having national and international top artists, and also for diversificating the venues of the festival arround the city like in MAC, the Ateneu de Cerdanyola or with the open air concerts in the Tuonet Park and Abat Oliva sq.

 

The Festival is organized by the Cerdanyola del vallès City Council and the Blues Comission, with the participation of the neighbors specialists in "black music".

 

The festival is getting biger, and it will be more with the help of everybody.   

The first edition of the International Blues Festival from Cerdanyola was in 1988. The idea cames from the Cerdanyola Radio, with the hand of a group of professionals that they were doing a radio program. By this time, the festivals, specially the jazz festivals, became more popular in Terrassa and barcelona, but it didn't exist any blues event. 

After organizing a big concert for celebrating the 5th aniversary of the radio, they decided to organize a blues festival, to diferenciate Cerdanyola from the rest of the territory. 

And this is how the first Blues Festival from Cerdanyola started, with many ambitions and ideas. Now the event is a consolidated date in the international blues festivals. 

After 29 years, with 27 editions (in 2011 the festival became every two years) and with many fameous international artists that have visited the festival, the Cerdanyola del Vallès City Council and the Blues Comission are organizing the edition of this year. 

In 2017 we start with a new edition with many ilusion and with the colaboration of institutions, associations and neighbors. 

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