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On 19 July, Sinfónica de Tenerife held their last season concert entitled “Costa Adeje Sinfónico”. This year the orchestra has given a total of 67 concerts which were attended by more than 80,000 people. Cabildo de Tenerife’s orchestra also visited three other islands: Gran Canaria, La Palma and La Gomera.

In addition to their usual subscription season, which included 19 concerts featuring 47 pieces by 27 composers, Sinfónica de Tenerife offered the extraordinary concerts of Fiestas del Cristo in La Laguna, La Laguna Cathedral, San Pedro Apóstol Church in Güímar, their traditional Christmas concert at the Port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Parque de la Torre del Conde in La Gomera and Costa Adeje Sinfónico in the south of the island.

Once again, Sinfónica de Tenerife provided the music to all the opera productions performed at Auditorio de Tenerife in the Ópera de Tenerife season. Apart from these fifteen shows, the orchestra was also present at Tenerife International Film Music Festival (Fimucité), the Festival Internacional de Música de Canarias, and La Palma Festival Internacional de Música, which amounted to five performances.

The Sinfónica de Tenerife also continued their outreach programme by offering 22 didactic concerts for schoolchildren and families, in addition to four masterclasses, three talks, three workshops plus visits to hospitals and health centres on the Island.

Cabildo de Tenerife’s orchestra will be back in September. The first concert will be held on the 6th at Cristo de La Laguna while their subscription season is starting on 13 September. You can learn all about subscriptions and ticket prices for the 2019-2020 season at Auditorio de Tenerife’s Box Office, calling 902 317 327 or on the websites www.sinfonicadetenerife.es and www.auditoriodetenerife.com.

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The Festival de Música Antigua de Tenerife (Fimante) [Tenerife Early Music Festival] next concert is Dialectic of Bach and Couperin by The Goldfinch Ensemble to be held in Guía de Isora. Baroque maestros can be listened to at 8:45 pm on Saturday, the 27th at Centro Cultural Playa de San Juan. Admission is free.

The members of The Goldfinch Ensemble are Pablo Sosa (traverso), Salomé Gasselin (viola da gamba) and Emmanuel Frankenberg (harpsichord) whose performance of early music enjoys international recognition. They are specialised in the repertoire of the late 17th and the 18th centuries and stand out for the liveliness and spontaneity of their interpretation.

The group has received different international awards including the first prize at the chamber music competition "International Händel Festpiele Gottingen Competition" (2016), or second prize in the French chamber music contest "International Early Music Competition Lorey Valley" (2015). Their international career started in 2015, when they took part in renowned early music festivals like Festival de Sablé (France), Festival de Musique Baroque d'Ambronay (France), Festival di Natale (Italy), York Early Music Festival (England) or Festival Son Antigos Sul Lagos (Portugal), among others.

It was in 1722 when Johann Sebastian Bach finished his first book Das Wohltemperierte Klavier in Köthen, Germany. That same year, François Couperin published his Concerts Royaux in Paris, France. It was a highly creative time for both musicians who delivered a good deal of compositions some of which have remained among the most important works of the first half of the 18th century.  

Fimante’s artistic director, Conrado Álvarez, explains that “both Bach and Couperin were influenced by their respective national styles -German and French- although they never stopped seeking new musical possibilities”.

Through this programme we try to show what these two maestros represented and even how they may have been reciprocally inspired. The goût français had considerable influence in German music in the 18th century. Bach himself was familiarised with the French style, apart from knowing many French musicians, including meeting the composer, organist and harpsichordist Louis Marchand in 1717. He also copied and used Jean-Henri d’Anglebert’s famous table of ornaments.

François Couperin’s music had a great influence on Bach. Although undocumented, it is quite likely they both exchanged correspondence. “True or not, what we certainly know is that Bach knew some of Couperin’s compositions. He even copied some pieces both for himself and for his wife, Anna Magdalena”, Álvarez explains, to then goes on to say that “thanks to a 1790 piece of writing of one of Bach’s student, Gerber, we also know he loved Couperin’s music and he recommended his students to study it”.

“Although both composers were strongly influenced by music from the past, it was their creativity that turned their compositions into groundbreaking music as it reflected the lively culture of their time”, Fimante’s artistic director concludes.

“Aun siendo dos compositores fuertemente influenciados por la música del pasado, fue su creatividad la que convirtió su música en revolucionaria, componiendo música que reflejaba la vívida cultura de su tiempo”, sentencia el director artístico de Fimante.

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Quantum Ensemble, the chamber music ensemble resident in Auditorio de Tenerife, will give seven concerts in their 2019/2020 season. In addition to international performers, they are also inviting ensembles, singers, choirs plus a dancer to round off their offer. The group is led by its founding musicians, Cristo Barrios and Gustavo Díaz-Jerez. The first concert, Vínculos, will take place on 17 October at Auditorio de Tenerife’s Sala de Cámara.

The ensemble, who has a modern, more flexible, and warmer approach to the interpretation of classical music, is calling in international musicians like cellist Tim Gill, violinist Priya Mitchell, clarinettist Romain Guyot, violinist Frederieke Saeijs, pianist Rolf Hind and ensembles like Elias String Quartet, Fauré Quartett and Lendvai String Trio. We will also have the chance to listen to soprano Anna Dennis, mezzo soprano Marta Fontanals-Simmons and baritone Tristan Hambleton.

Pre-concert talks are reinforced this season. They are free of charge and are held at the same place of the concert one hour before it starts. The talks look into the repertoire, its contexts and the guest musicians, and will be given by personalities like the manager of Scherzo magazine, Juan Lucas; the director of the music programme of Fundación Juan March, Miguel Ángel Marín; the University of Leeds lecturer, Víctor Durà-Vilà; or the director and presenter of the RNE show Entre dos luces, Carlos Santos.

Vínculos brings together composers Arnold Schoenberg, Alexander Zemlinsky and Gustav Mahler, three figures who through their co-existence in time and space in the Vienna of the late 19th century and early 20th century illustrate the extraordinary creative wealth of this Austrian city.

The second concert in the season will be Fricciones, on 22 November, featuring the performance of dancer Carmen Macías. The repertoire will confront creative styles and personalities in two pair of composers whose biographies overlap in space and time: Benjamin Britten and Harrison Birtwistle; and John Cage and Aaron Copland.

The end of the year brings Texturas, on 19 December. The unquestionable protagonist of this concert is the piano quartet Fauré Quartett, with a special programme that includes compositions by George Enescu, Gabriel Fauré and Paul Dukas.

Espejos is on in February 2020, featuring three works which are most unusual in current repertoires. These are very different compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Francis Poulenc and Bohuslav Martinů. Lendvai String Trio is playing in this concert.

Quantum Ensemble’s next concert is Estructuras, on 20 March, with three compositions spanning three centuries, an evidence of the time and stylistic ambition of the Tenerife ensemble’s repertoire. It also features the premiere of a piece composed by Gustavo Trujillo expressly for this concert.

Voces comes on 23 April with a programme that makes a contrast between outstanding compositions by Gioacchino Rossini with the work of two 20th century Italian composers: Luigi Nono and Salvatore Sciarrino.

Finally, Quantum Ensemble’s last concert this season is Prisma to be held on 14 May. They will be counting on Camerata Lacunensis, conducted by José Herrero and eleven clarinets, which are needed to perform Steven Reich’s New York Counterpoint. The event also includes works for mixed choir with and without piano by Samuel Barber and George Crumb’s composition for two pianos and two percussionists.

Quantum Ensemble is part of the Education and Social Area of Auditorio de Tenerife with their new didactic concerts for schoolchildren and their usual outreach activities, which offer sensory work sessions to bring music to people in a different way, also used as a means of expression.  They carry out these activities with different social groups included people with functional diversity, at risk of exclusion, users of penitentiaries, etc.

Tickets for all these concerts, which are held at 7:30 pm at Auditorio de Tenerife’s Sala de Cámara are available through Auditorio’s usual sale channels: at the box office from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm, Monday to Saturday except holidays, via www.auditoriodetenerife.com or by phone on 902 317 327.

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MAPAS 2019 bids farewell with a weekend full of music, dance and theatre. Twenty-two performances by artists from eleven different countries are closing the third “Mercado de las Artes Performativas del Atlántico Sur”. The showcases to be enjoyed this Saturday include Nemian Danza Escénica (México), at 5:00 pm at Sala Sinfónica in Auditorio de Tenerife; Vaca 35 Teatro en Grupo, at espacio singular, also in Auditorio, at 9:45 pm, and Colombian Ëda, who is giving a concert at 6:30 pm at Sala de Cámara.

Also on Saturday, MAPAS 2019 offers two very attractive performances. The bold and irreverent street show by Hortzmuga Teatroa, Femmes, at 7:00, in calle del Castillo (near plaza de la Candelaria) and a new collaboration of Colombian Crew Peligrosos and Smockey & The Agama Band (Burkina Faso), that is closing the night at 11:50 pm, with a joint performance of hip-hop and rap at Auditorio de Tenerife’s Sala Sinfónica.

The theatre programme starts at La Granja Espacio de Creación with a fiction and non-fiction play that places the audience at an emotional and intellectual point prior to the outbreak of revolution. Before the Revolution is a show by Egyptians Temple Independent Theatre Company. At 9:45 pm, Uruguayan Kashmir Productora invites us to go across artistic and political boundaries with their piece Dados tirados, an innovative stage reflection on rock.

At 5:40 Teatro Guimerá is hosting Proyecto Fausto, by Delirium Teatro. With a committed and reflexive text, the play focuses on “the other victims” of the disappearance of the fishing boat “Fausto” between the islands of El Hierro and La Palma in 1968, that is, the families of the three fishermen and the passenger who were on board. This show is followed at 11:15 pm by Compagnie La Chouette Blanche, from Algiers, which tells a story full of female voices: Amer, a journey across memory performed by one single actress.

Micomicón Teatro is the company in charge of performing Una humilde propuesta [A Modest Proposal] at 8:15 pm at IES Alcalde Bernabé Rodríguez. The show brings to the present the satirical essay by Jonathan Swift, a monologue that seeks to stir the viewers through humour and social criticism.

As for dance, the Saturday programme features a wide range of styles and themes. At Sala Castillo in Auditorio de Tenerife you can see What about Dante de Mounir Saeed/Cramp Group (Egypt) and Fatou t’as tout fait, by Fatoumata Bagayoko – Cie Jiriladon (Mali). Sala Sinfónica is the stage for the presentation of La caída al vacío, [Falling into the void] by Mexican company Nemian Danza Escénica and in Plaza Castillo Lava is putting on Paloma Hurtado’s 15º al Oeste.

The music at MAPAS 2019 starts at 5:40 pm at Auditorio de Tenerife’s Sala de Cámara, where Lívia Nestrovski & Fred Ferreira are performing Dúo, a subtle experimental proposal with voice and guitar. At 7:20 pm, Tenerife trumpetist Natanael Ramos will present his album Islander´s Dilemma and at 8:05 pm the Mexicans La Garfield will take over Plaza Castillo with Todo lo rico. They have published three records in which they display their convincing, fresh and personal sound.

Barreiro Project (the Canaries) will then take the stage at Plaza Castillo with Good Vibes, a mixture of styles that will bring to the audience an ocean of original sounds reminiscent of  jazz, black music, hip-hop, soul and R&B. After them, at about 9:45 pm, the square will welcome Tunisian composer King Abid, who is presenting a new work recorded at Studio 12. It is a mixture of pop with a Tunisian touch plus rap and reggae for festive times.

From Burkina Faso, Smockey & the Agama Band are bringing their latest album Prévolution to Sala Sinfónica, a synthesis of three concepts: premonition, revolution and evolution. The band who plays Afro rap live with politically and socially committed lyrics is performing at 10:30 pm. After them it’s the turn for the Colombian Crew Peligrosos with their show Marcapasos.

Once the showcases are over at 12 midnight, MAPAS 2019 is giving a closing party at the foyer of Auditorio de Tenerife, featuring DJ Kali, who will bring a stimulating and intense journey across the dance sounds and rhythm of the world. Admission to these parties is also free.

On Sunday, the last day, Danza en Comunidad will have the chance to showcase their work. This is an Auditorio de Tenerife social project and they are sharing with the public their piece Adosados in Plaza Castillo, at 11:15 am. Humour, brought in by comedian Yiyolo Strattro, will close the programme of MAPAS 2019 on the same stage. The Comedy Show, suitable for all ages, is a unique chance to enjoy the magic of clowns.

The performances and showcases are available on the website and on the free app that can be downloaded for IOS and Android mobiles. You can see all the information on MAPAS shows and talks and get all the news relevant to the audience and the Market participants.

MAPAS is organised by the Cabildo de Tenerife, Circulart and unahoramenos, with the sponsorship of the Government of the Canary Islands, Santa Cruz de Tenerife City Council and the INAEM, in addition to the support of Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) through their Programa para la Internacionalización de la Cultura Española (PICE) in the section Visitantes, which fosters the participation in the Market of ten performing arts professionals from Africa and Latin America. Other collaborators include Casa África, Secretaría General Iberoamericana, Fundación SGAE, Iberia and Hyundai, among other public and private institutions.

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The first day for business meetings scheduled at MAPAS 2019 started today at TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes with the participation of 138 artists from 27 countries (48 Canarian), 149 heads of programming of 40 nationalities (18 Canarian) and 30 management and distribution agencies, five of which are from the Canary Islands. The agencies are a novelty this year.

TEA library hosted these brief meetings in which in 12 minutes at the most, artists and agencies must manage to show their proposals to programmers, attract their interest and try to reach with them a distribution or exhibition agreement at the events they represent.

On Saturday the second and last session of professional meetings is taking place at the market, which had a very busy Thursday morning with academic activities for both professionals and the general public. These events were also a chance to make informal contacts in advance of today’s meetings.

The 59 music and performing arts showcases which are open to the public, are held at 4:00 pm every day and complement these business meetings, as programmers can see live the careful selection brought to MAPAS 2019 by South Atlantic creators. Today, a hectic evening is starting at 5:15 pm with twenty-two music, dance and theatre shows from eleven countries who will be performing at Auditorio de Tenerife, Teatro Guimerá, La Granja Espacio de Creación and IES Alcalde Bernabé Rodríguez.

The performances and showcases are available on the website and on the free app that can be downloaded for IOS and Android mobiles. You can see all the information on MAPAS shows and talks and get all the news relevant to the audience and the Market participants.

MAPAS is organised by the Cabildo de Tenerife, Circulart and unahoramenos, with the sponsorship of the Government of the Canary Islands, Santa Cruz de Tenerife City Council and the INAEM, in addition to the support of Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) through their Programa para la Internacionalización de la Cultura Española (PICE) in the section Visitantes, which fosters the participation in the Market of ten performing arts professionals from Africa and Latin America. Other collaborators include Casa África, Secretaría General Iberoamericana, Fundación SGAE, Iberia and Hyundai, among other public and private institutions.

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On Thursday the 11th, the Cabildo de Tenerife was the venue for the international meeting of the performing arts and music networks, which aimed at reaching synergies among them to encourage the strengthening of these groups. The meeting took place on the occasion of MAPAS, which is taking place in Santa Cruz de Tenerife until Sunday.

The President of the Cabildo, Carlos Alonso, welcomed the participants and thanked the Secretaría General Iberoamericana (Segib) for the chance to hold this annual “network node” in Tenerife, and trusted the sessions at MAPAS will be a success as in the two previous years.

The Island Director for Culture, José Luis Rivero, was also very grateful to the coordinator of Espacio Cultural Iberoamericano of Segib, Enrique Vargas, for allowing that entity to “be a support that helps MAPAS create the Latin American space, which is also open to other European, Asian and African networks”. In Rivero’s view, the session held at the Cabildo reveals “whether we can work as networks or we’re just individuals who work with no synergies”.

Enrique Vargas thinks that the new meeting in Tenerife “is a chance to continue to exchange views based on trust so that we can find both individual and collective answers” and pointed out that on the third MAPAS “we can see we’re now a group with solid thoughts that have been shaped in the previous two years; therefore, we’re on our way to make things work better”.

In Vargas’s opinion, “networks are healthy but one of the main obstacles they find is the relationship with the administration; we’ve noticed a different attitude at MAPAS”, in reference to the willingness of Cabildo de Tenerife which “is not just an institution but the way they got involved in it”.

MAPAS co-director, Octavio Arbeláez, was most pleased with the meeting because it allows us to rethink the concept of networks and circuits. At the meeting the importance of having policies to articulate and professionalise the sector was also pointed out.

The groups present at this meeting were: Asociación para el Desarrollo de la Industria de la Música Iberoamericana (ADIMI), Circuito de Música y Artes Escénicas TalentIB, Red Eurolatinoamericana de Artes Escénicas (REDELAE), IBERESCENA – Programa de Cooperación Iberoamericana para las Artes Escénicas, European Forum World Festival, Red Española de Teatros, Auditorios, Circuitos y Festivales de Titularidad Pública (REDESCENA), SATÉLITE LAT – Mujeres de la Industria de la Música Latinoamericana, Asociación Latinoamericana de Managers Musicales – MMF LATAM, Global Music Market Network (GLOMNET), Secretaría General Iberoamericana (SEGIB), Mercado de las Artes Performativas del Atlántico Sur (MAPAS), Programa de Fomento de las Músicas Iberoamericanas (IBERMÚSICAS), Circuito Canario Islas de Música, Teatro y Danza, Circuito de Artes Escénicas de Gran Canaria, East African Performing Arts Market (DOADOA), Circuito Insular de Teatro y Danza de Tenerife, International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts (IETEM).

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