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El Festival de las Artes del Movimiento (FAM) aborda su segunda jornada tras el estreno de ayer [miércoles 5] concentrando su actividad en La Laguna. Por la mañana tendrán lugar las actividades para profesionales y por la tarde habrá programación abierta al público de danza en el Teatro Leal, varias calles laguneras y el Paraninfo de la ULL. El acceso a todos los espectáculos es libre hasta completar aforo.

La mañana comenzará a las 10:00 horas con la presentación de FAM como nueva plataforma para la danza, que dará lugar a un encuentro con programadores y artistas asistentes a FAM. A las 11:30 horas comenzará el coffee break Encuentros Interfaces, que precederá a un debate sobre misiones inversas con la Federación Estatal de Compañías y Empresas de Danza.

Las funciones comenzarán a las 17:30 horas en el Teatro Leal con iU an Mi de la compañía de la coreógrafa catalana Lali Ayguadé, una pieza física con un fuerte componente teatral que cuestiona cómo se enseña a la gente a reaccionar ante eventos inevitables. Con el pretexto de un funeral, iU an Mi quiere hablar del comportamiento de las personas ante hechos irreversibles, que no se saben enfrentar, de emociones maquilladas por la convención, de aquellas intimidades expuestas a la colectividad.

Por fuera del Teatro Leal tendrá lugar a partir de las 18:30 horas Habrá que ponerse cachas, del Proyecto Colectivo de Maylis Arrabit, Xabier Madina y Ebi Soria. Es un juego de significado, tonterías, mucho encanto e ingenio. Una canción de Bob Dylan, la película The Royal Tenenbaums, la familia de la película y los papeles de dos hermanos en ella, cómo las relaciones entre hermanos cambian con el tiempo… De todo eso, los bailarines instigan un intercambio exuberante. Sus ideas voladoras se convierten en una celebración de movimiento.

Hasta la Calle Viana llegará Premoh’s Cru a las 19:00 horas para escenificar Anónimas Raíces. Esta pieza es una cita con las raíces que heredamos, un encuentro entre amigos que emprenden un viaje lejos de su hogar. Un espacio para descubrir la historia de los cuerpos en relación a los ritmos culturales surgidos a raíz de la simbiosis entre la expresión más andaluza, el patrimonio del pueblo gitano y la esencia de los ritmos africanos. Una mezcla única que fusiona el flamenco y las danzas urbanas.

La compañía Taiat Dansa irrumpirá en la plaza del Antiguo Convento de San Agustín a las 19:30 horas con su espectáculo Canvas of bodies. Opus Nº1. Investigación coreográfica sobre la identidad a través de un autorretrato colectivo. Tres rostros, que aparecen en permanente movimiento, construyen una ficción para narrar un devenir del cuerpo. La escena ofrece una visión panorámica del pensamiento individual que se manifiesta en un constante cuerpo a cuerpo. Estas tres propuestas de danza al aire libre forman parte de la red nacional Acieloabierto.

Cierra la segunda jornada de FAM el bailaor y coreógrafo Manuel Liñán con Baile de autor a las 20:30 horas en el Paraninfo de la Universidad de La Laguna. Después de haber coreografiado para compañías como el Ballet Nacional de España, Nuevo Ballet Español, Rafaela Carrasco, Belen Maya, etc. y haberse consolidado como bailaor solista, Liñán une estas dos facetas presentando un espacio donde va creando las distintas escenas de esta pieza, dando vida a cada elemento: la luz, el sonido, el cante, la guitarra, la música, el baile… Una fantasía que genera lazos de unión en el artista. Un director que sueña, un bailaor que baila.

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El viernes 7 de junio comenzará con Set of Sets, de Guy Nader y Maria Campos, que subirá al escenario del Teatro Guimerá a las 12:30 horas. Para esta función no solo habrá público general, sino que también se ha invitado a escolares de la isla. A las 19:00 horas Paloma Hurtado llevará al exterior del Teatro Guimerá su Ephimera, que dará paso al estreno de Daniel Morales como compañía con La muerte de Venus a las 20:00 horas.

El sábado [día 8] lo abre otro estreno canario, Carlota Mantecón, bailarina y coreógrafa, con Esto no es una prueba de sonido a las 11:30 horas en la Sala Castillo del Auditorio. A las 12:30 horas la Sala Sinfónica albergará Presente, de Antonio Ruz. El proyecto Danza en Comunidad del Auditorio de Tenerife presenta tres piezas a las 16:30 horas en la Sala Castillo del Auditorio: PiedrasViento Adosados.

Continúa la programación Ehiza, de Héctor Plaza y Agnes Sales, a las 17:30 horas en el hall. A las 18:30 horas Janet Novás realizará su Mercedes y yo en la Sala de Cámara. A las 20:00 horas la Sala Sinfónica cierra el sábado con Lava, la compañía de danza de Auditorio de Tenerife, dirigida por el Premio Nacional de Danza Daniel Abreu, con Bending the walls, una pieza de Fernando Hernando Magadan.

Liov, de Diego Sinniger, abre el domingo [día 9] a las 11:30 horas en el exterior del Auditorio de Tenerife. A las 12:30 horas tendrá lugar The Lamb, de Kor’sia en la Sala Sinfónica. La gramática de los mamíferos, de María del Mar Suárez, se hará con la Sala de Cámara a las 18:30 horas. Lava vuelve a la programación con un estreno, 15º al Oeste, de Paloma Hurtado, que se representará en el exterior del Auditorio a partir de las 19:45 horas.

La compañía del director artístico de Lava, Cía. Daniel Abreu, cierra esta edición de FAM a partir de las 20:30 horas en la Sala Sinfónica con La desnudez, que interpreta junto a Dácil González y el músico Hugo Portas, pieza galardonada en 2018 con tres premios Max de las Artes Escénicas de España al Mejor Espectáculo de Danza, Mejor Intérprete Masculino de Danza y Mejor Coreografía.

De forma intensiva, del 5 al 9 de junio FAM programa actividades para profesionales y una veintena de espectáculos de entrada libre hasta completar aforo en diferentes espacios de Santa Cruz y La Laguna. La programación de FAM, al que acudirá una treintena de programadores locales, nacionales e internacionales, puede consultarse en www.famtenerife.com.

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The Festival de Música Contemporánea de Tenerife (FMUC) [Contemporary Music Festival] continues the celebration of its tenth anniversary with the concert Afrikanbach, that blends together the music of Johann Sebastian Bach with African sounds. The show features several groups and musicians and is on tomorrow, Wednesday, the 5th at 8:00 pm in La Laguna University’s (ULL) Paraninfo. There is a pre-concert talk to explain the context of the concert.  Entry to the talk is free.

Through this singular project, director Jesús Salvador Chapi champions a show devoted to a music figure that is unprecedented in the history of universal culture: Johann Sebastian Bach. Music from Senegal, South Africa, Ghana, Kenia, Tanzania, Mali, etc. will be played and mixed with the music of the German maestro.

The programme features the performance of Coro Polifónico Universitario de La Laguna, La Luna de África, Agwal Percussion Group and a jazz trio made up by Francisco Hernández (piano), Juan Carlos Baeza (double bass) and Natanael Ramos (trumpet). The concert includes pieces by the German composer arranged on the orchestral percussion base and African traditional music. Tickets can be bought in the usual sale points of ULL’s Paraninfo.

The next FMUC concert is by Agwal and will be conducted by pianist and composer Francis Hernández, who is playing on Thursday, 13 June at 7:30 pm in Auditorio de Tenerife’s Sala de Cámara. This percussion group was set up at the Tenerife headquarters of Conservatorio Superior de Música de Canarias. Its main goal is to showcase the specific percussion repertoire across Spain. They have won international awards and have given concerts worldwide. Tickets can be bought at the usual sale points of Auditorio de Tenerife.

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From Wednesday, 5 June to Sunday, 9 June, the Festival de las Artes del Movimiento de Tenerife (FAM) is offering some twenty free entry dance shows at different venues in La Laguna and Santa Cruz: Auditorio de Tenerife, Teatro Guimerá, Teatro Leal, ULL Paraninfo and some streets in La Laguna. Tenerife dancer Paula Quintana is opening the festival with her work Las Alegrías which she is premiering at 7:30 pm at Teatro Leal. The 9th FAM will also welcome about thirty local, national and international programmers. 

Quintana’s new proposal is a piece about joy as a generating, transforming and revolutionary power. It is a dialogue danced by two bodies: the living, latent body of Paula Quintana and a magical, heavenly body that concentrates all the powerful energy and drive of life. Las Alegrías is an accompanied solo number, or a choreographed installation about joy as a life and political stance.

For this stage journey across a body, concentrating all the creative and mysterious power of joy, Paula Quintana has counted on a large working team. To the dancer’s creation and interpretation, we must add the dramaturgy by Javier Cuevas, the sonorous space of Óscar Villegas, the light and stage by Cube.bz., Tahiche Díaz’s installation, the styling by Amuhaici Luis, image design by Pepe Valladares, Grace Morales as technical director and texts by Roy Galán.

Las Alegrías is a production of Paula Quintana with the support of Cabildo Insular de Tenerife through the Instituto de Artes Escénicas de Tenerife, Centro de Danza Canal, Teatre Principal de Palma, Festival Tercera Setmana, Eima Centre de Creació, Teatro El Sauzal, Tenerife LAV and Teatro Leal de La Laguna.

The programme goes on at 5:30 pm on Thursday, the 6th at Teatro Leal with iU an Mi, by Compañía Lali Ayguadé. This is followed by three performances of the national circuit Acieloabierto: Habrá que ponerse cachas, by Proyecto Colectivo de Maylis Arrabit, Xabier Madina and Ebi Soria at 6:30 pm outside Leal; Anónimas Raíces by Premoh’s Cru at 7:00 pm in Calle Viana; and Canvas of bodies. Opus nº1 by Taiat Dansa at 7:30 pm in the square of Parroquia de Santo Domingo. The last Thursday show is taking place at ULL Paraninfo at 8:30 pm with bailaor and choreographer Manuel Liñán and his Baile de autor.

On Friday, 7 June Set of Sets by Guy Nader and Maria Campos will be the first to go on stage at Teatro Guimerá at 12:30 pm. This performance will be attended by the general public and schoolchildren. At 7:00 pm Paloma Hurtado is bringing her Ephimera outside Teatro Guimerá to then go on with the Daniel Morales’s premiere as a company with La muerte de Venus at 8:00 pm.

On Saturday, another Canarian premiere starts the day with dancer and choreographer Carlota Mantecón, and her Esto no es una prueba de sonido. The show is taking place at 11:30 am in Auditorio’s Sala Castillo. At 12:30 pm Sala Sinfónica will host Presente, by Antonio Ruz. The Danza en Comunidad scheme (the social area of Auditorio de Tenerife’s Tenerife Danza coordinated by Laura Marrero), is presenting three pieces at 4:30 pm at Sala Castillo: Piedras, made by the Proyecto de Mujeres de Añaza Emprendedoras-Fundación el Buen Samaritano; Viento, by Asociación de Padres Orobal; and Adosados, created at the workshops Martes Danzando en Comunidad.

The programme continues with Ehiza, by Héctor Plaza and Agnes Sales, at 5:30 pm in the foyer. At 6:30 pm Janet Novás will put on her Mercedes y yo at Sala de Cámara. Saturday closes at 8:00 pm in Sala Sinfónica with Lava, Auditorio de Tenerife’s dance company, directed by National Dance Award winner Daniel Abreu, with Bending the walls, a piece by Fernando Hernando Magadan.

Liov, by Diego Sinniger, opens Sunday at 11:30 am outside Auditorio de Tenerife. The Lamb, by Kor’sia is on at 12:30 pm at Sala Sinfónica. La gramática de los mamíferos, by María del Mar Suárez can be enjoyed at Sala de Cámara at 6:30 pm. Lava is on again with the premiere of 15º al Oeste, by Paloma Hurtado, to be performed outside Auditorio at 7:45 pm.

The company of Lava artistic director, Cía. Daniel Abreu, closes the 9th FAM at 8:30 pm at Sala Sinfónica with La desnudez, which Abreu is interpreting with Dácil González and musician Hugo Portas. The piece received three Max Awards in 2018 for Best Dance Show, Best Male Dancer and Best Choreography.

Apart for the programme, which can be seen on www.famtenerife.com, different activities for professionals, like presentations and meetings, are being held during the first three days of FAM.

FAM is a Cabildo de Tenerife project under the Tenerife 2030 strategy. It has the collaboration of Red Nacional de Teatros [Theatre National Network], through the Danza a Escena scheme and the support of Ministry of Culture’s INAEM, the Acieloabierto network and the city councils of Santa Cruz and La Laguna. With the passing of years, the Festival de las Artes del Movimiento has renewed its EFFE stamp (Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe), a quality distinction that is granted to festivals that have an artistic mission, are committed to the local community and have a strategic vision at European level.

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Sinfónica de Tenerife is giving its seventeenth concert this season on Friday, 7 June. Its honorary conductor will be leading the orchestra with pianist Jorge Luis Prats as guest soloist. Under the title  Tchaikovsky Pathétique, Auditorio de Tenerife is hosting a new programme of the Cabildo’s orchestra that consists of the premiere of In Memoriam by Agustín Ramos and the Piano Concerto nº1 in B Flat minor, op. 23 and Symphony nº 6 in B minor, op. 74 by Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky .

Agustín Ramos’s In Memoriam is a piece evocative of the joy of Carnival and at the same time pays homage to this Tenerife international festival. Author of the emblematic song “Santa Cruz en Carnaval” (1974), Ramos, who was also a trumpetist at Sinfónica de Tenerife and a member of the group Los Fregolinos, deals in this score with the challenge of leading viewers to their deepest memories by means of a warm, clear musical language.

The young St. Petersburg-born Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky signed in 1875 the score of Piano Concerto nº1 in B Flat minor, op. 23 which is part of popular memory as a fragment of the first movement closed the radio version of The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells, narrated by Orson Wells in 1938. The concert opens with one of the most rotund and well-known calls in the Western music cannon. It is quite curious as the roles of orchestra and soloist are inverted since this time the soloist accompanies the main melody in tutti orquestal.

Symphony nº 6 in B minor, op. 74 was premiered in 1893, nine days before the Russian genius died. It was posthumously called the “Pathétique”, which seems to express his suffering due to his repressed homosexuality. The first movement is marked by great solemnity. Despite the great orchestra the symphony requires, the sound emerges little by little as if out of nowhere. The second movement recalls a waltz and although it was not created to be danced, it reflects the decadent Russian aristocracy who tries to imitate the West. The third movement is a false finale with a frantic dialogue between the strings and the winds that finally leads to the end, a musical oddity that rather than closing frantically, sounds more like a great lament with an intimate ending.

Victor Pablo Pérez is widely known on the island scene as from 1986 to 2005 he was the artistic director and principal conductor of Sinfónica de Tenerife. Educated at the Real Conservatorio de Música de Madrid and at Hochschule für Musik in Munich, he was artistic director and principal conductor of Sinfónica de Asturias from 1980 to 1988. In 1993 he takes charge of Sinfónica de Galicia until 2013, when he joined Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid as artistic director and principal conductor. Apart from having led nearly all Spanish orchestras, he has been guest conductor at the main European orchestras. Since January 2017 he has been artistic director of the Joven Orquesta de Canarias [Canarian Young Orchestra].

For his part, the Cuban pianist Jorge Luis Prats is making his debut with Sinfónica de Tenerife after a long and extraordinarily successful career in Europe, Latin America or Asia; he has also collaborated with major groups including London Philharmonic, BBC Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Simón Bolívar Orchestra in Venezuela. In the last seasons he has played with Orchestre de Paris, Marinskij Theatre Orchestra and Radio Frankfurt Orchestra, under the baton of maestros like Paavo Järvi and Valery Gergiev. After graduating he received a grant to study at Ciaikovskij Conservatorie in Moscow. When he was just 21 years old he won the first prize at the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud competition in Paris.

Tickets for the concert can be purchased at the box office from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm Monday to Saturday; by telephone on 902 317 327; or on the internet on websites www.sinfonicadetenerife.es and www.auditoriodetenerife.com.

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El Auditorio de Tenerife recibe el domingo [día 2] en su Sala de Cámara a partir de las 11:30 horas el penúltimo concierto del ciclo Primavera Musical, organizado por la Federación de Bandas de la isla con la colaboración del Cabildo Insular. La cita, que tendrá como protagonistas a las formaciones de Igueste, Tejina y Guía de Isora, es de entrada libre hasta completar aforo.

La primera banda en salir a escena será la Asociación Nueva Banda de Igueste de Candelaria, con 30 músicos. La Suite Cubana de Bebo Valdés será el primer tema de su repertorio, que continuará con Cumbia en dominante, compuesta por Efraín Payito Herrera con arreglos de Jonny Pasos. Unity jam, de Tony Sucar pero adaptada para big band por Luis Torres, será la siguiente obra que ejecuten los intérpretes liderados por Luis Torres. Para terminar, sonará Eye of Hurricane, de Herbie Hancock con arreglos de Pablo Gil.

La Asociación Cultural San Sebastián, de Tejina, tomará el relevo del acto con la interpretación del pasodoble Ateneo Musical, de Mariano Puig. A continuación, los 30 músicos tejineros abordarán el poema sinfónico El Golpe Fatal, de Dirk Brossé. Por último, la banda dirigida por Juan Antonio Domínguez Martín, interpretará Cachito Cachita (Latin Medley), de Noihir Ixwai.

Cierra la mañana de directos la Asociación Musical Isorana, de Guía de Isora. Los 50 músicos comenzarán con el pasodoble Música y Vinos, de Manuel Morales Martínez. Con arreglos de Michael Brown, seguidamente sonará Pixar Movie Magic. Bajo la batuta de Francisco Carvajal Rodríguez, la formación hará sonar el pasodoble  Athenaeum, de Enrique Alborch Tarrasó, y para finalizar se interpretará el bolero Solamente una vez, de Aguirre Agustín Lara.

El concierto de clausura del ciclo Primavera Musical 2019 tendrá lugar el próximo 16 de junio en la Sala de Cámara del Auditorio de Tenerife a partir de las 12:00 horas, también de entrada libre, y correrá a cargo de la Banda Insular de Música de la Federación Tinerfeña.

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The Mercado de las Artes Performativas del Atlántico Sur, MAPAS 2019, [South Atlantic Performing Arts Market] now has 112 heads of programming from 38 different countries who have confirmed their participation in this international event to be held from 10 to 14 July in Tenerife. Programmers can register until 15 June on MAPAS website  www.mapasmercadocultural.com.

The invitation is addressed to artistic directors, curators, festival curators, cultural managers from public and private institutions and promoters connected with the performing arts (music, theatre, dance, circus arts and street art). By registering you are entitled to take part in business meetings with selected artists, companies and musicians and learn about innovative art proposals from three continents (Africa, Latin America and Southern Europe) in the sixty plus artistic shows that have been scheduled.

In its third year MAPAS has established its position as a place for cultural exchange of global scope for artists and agencies coming from three continents and also as an international meeting point for the performing arts industry.

Apart from the business meetings and the art shows, the organizers of MAPAS 2019 have put together a programme of talks and training activities. The activity “Encuentro de Redes” is worth mentioning as it will bring together representatives of institutions that promote music and the performing arts worldwide, including Asociación para el Desarrollo de la Industria de la Música Iberoamericana (ADIMI) [Association for the Development of the Latin American Music Industry], Global Music Market Network (GLOMNET), Red Eurolatinoamericana de Artes Escénicas (REDELAE) [Euro-Latin-American Network of Performing Arts] or Red de Teatros y Auditorios de España (REDESCENA) [Spanish Theatre and Auditorium Network].

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Cabildo de Tenerife, under its Tenerife 2030 strategy and through its Education service, opened the period to apply for the 2019-2020 course of Escuela Coral de Tenerife [Choir School]. After the success of the first two years, the course is being held again at Auditorio de Tenerife, which has made two new rooms available for this activity.

People who apply before 31 May will automatically join the initial workshops to take place next June. The course will then start after the summer. The groups encompass a wide range of ages so that all those interested in choral singing can join in: children’s choir, for ages 8 to 11; pre-juvenile, from 12 to 15 years old; young, from aged 16 to 26, and adult. The Coro Joven [Young Choir] is a new feature next year – this group is added to the pre-juvenile in order to train singer who may join Coro Juvenil of Auditorio de Tenerife. Enrolment is free of charge and it includes materials and classes – and you can enrol on the website www.tenerifeartesescénicas.com.

The training is adapted to the different age groups and it includes choral singing, musical language, voice technique, body language and staging. The methodology has a hands-on approach and the teachers are specialised in singing, body percussion, expression and interpretation that complete comprehensive training, ensuring students make gradual progress in their choral performance technique.

Professionals like composer, organist and conductor Josu Elberdin; teacher and choral singing conductor Basilio Astulez; singer, author, composer and interpreter Vanina Fernández; and conductor and composer specialising in performance Pedro Teixeira, took part in the course and through special sessions, gave students a wealth of additional knowledge.

Around 250 people have already been part of the different Choirs of Escuela Coral, which is proof of the interest Tenerife people have in choral training. The year 2018-2019 of Escuela Coral de Tenerife will close with a concert on 27 June at Auditorio de Tenerife featuring the different groups that have taken part in the second course and Coro Juvenil de Auditorio de Tenerife. The activity of the School goes on during the summer with the Campamento Coral de Tenerife [Choral Camp], to be held at I.E.S. La Laboral in La Laguna from 1 to 5 July. You can enrol now. 

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On Saturday, 1 June, Auditorio de Tenerife will be hosting two concerts organized by the island’s music conservatoires. The first one,  Annie Poppins y el Cascanueces, is a family show by Conservatorio Profesional de Música de Santa Cruz de Tenerife and is taking place at Sala Sinfónica at 12:30 pm. Students of Conservatorio Superior de Música de Canarias specialising in  Composition will bring their creations to Sala de Cámara at 7:30 pm. Admission to this show is free.

During the family concert, the audience will follow the exciting adventures of Annie Poppins y el Cascanueces [Annie Poppins and the Nutcracker]. From their seats, all the members of the family can take part in this original story. Annie, Mary Poppins and the Nutcracker compete to be the protagonists of the concert.

The Symphony Orchestra of Conservatorio Profesional de Música de Santa Cruz de Tenerife will be conducted by Vicente Ferrer and will also feature soloists Eva Juárez, Gabriela Izquierdo, Bibiana Moreno, Andrés José Rodríguez, Natividad Oval, Laura Queipo de Llano and Jorge Corde. The text, based on the script by Isabel Osorio, will be narrated by Moisés Évora, Jorge Cordero and Begoña Fuentes.

The Young Choir of Conservatorio Profesional de Música de Santa Cruz de Tenerife will be performing too under the baton of Juan Ramón Vinagre; teachers Lourdes Rodríguez and Gloria Amil will be leading students at the initiation. Students of Centro Internacional de Danza de Santa Cruz de Tenerife are also taking part in this concert.

Tickets can be purchased at Auditorio de Tenerife box office from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm Monday to Saturday except holidays, on our website www.auditoriodetenerife.com  or calling 902 317 327.

At 7:30 pm Auditorio de Tenerife’s Sala de Cámara will turn into a screening room where Composition students of Conservatorio Superior de Música de Canarias can show their creations being interpreted by students of the school.

This initiative, which is very special for students, is a good opportunity to show the results of the work they have done during the year on contemporary musical language.

It is a chance to learn about and enjoy the compositions and performances of this new generation of musicians who have vocationally dedicated their efforts to explore early and current languages to find a voice of their own.

Both concerts, which have been organized by these education centres, are part of the Educational and Social Area of Auditorio de Tenerife, an initiative that has the collaboration of Fundación Cepsa and Obra Social “la Caixa”.

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Auditorio de Tenerife, in line with its interest in jazz, presents a concert by Ken Norris Quartet. The famous US singer is coming with pianist Bela Meinberg, double bass Jasper Somsen, and drummer Janus Templeton to perform some of the best-known songs of his varied repertoire. The show takes place at 8:00 pm on Friday, 31 May at Sala de Cámara.

Ken Norris, who is one of the best US jazz singers at present, has enough experience, technique and knowledge to be up to interpreting the music of the great John Coltrane, but also the most beautiful melodies and jazz classics.

Ken Norris was born in Ohio to a family of musicians. He studied architecture at Yale University and then music at the American School of Modern Music, in Paris, showing a predilection for jazz, pop and gospel.

He made his debut in the European music scene in France with his work Modern Folklore - Music for Percussion & Vocals, which was first played live at the Festival Printemps de Bourges in 1996.

Some years later due to his participation in the musical The Lion King, he moved to Hamburg and became a much sought-after soloist in the jazz scene. Ken Norris has been a teacher at the Hamburg School of Music since 2010.

Tickets are available at Auditorio de Tenerife box office from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm Monday to Saturday, except holidays; on the website  www.auditoriodetenerife.com  or calling 902 317 327.

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El Festival de Música Contemporánea (FMUC) continúa la celebración de su décima edición con el concierto del dúo Twincussion, compuesto por dos hermanos gemelos taiwaneses a la marimba. La mezcla de percusión con música electrónica y otros ritmos que propone este singular dueto tendrá lugar mañana [miércoles 29] en la Sala de Cámara del Auditorio de Tenerife a partir de las 19:30 horas.

Twincussion está formado por los hermanos Jen-Ting y Jen-Yu Chien. Esta especial formación musical se inició hace más de 20 años y a día de hoy representan una nueva cara en la especialidad de la percusión. Su diverso repertorio va desde las transcripciones románticas hasta las obras más contemporáneas, pasando por arreglos de piezas populares taiwanesas, obras con música electrónica, etc. Jen-Ting y Jen-Yu poseen el Diploma Avanzado de Postgrado (Solista) en el Royal Danish Academy of Music y son artistas representantes de las marcas Mike Balter Mallets y Yamaha.

El dúo ha realizado presentaciones en Estados Unidos, Japón, Taiwán, Malasia, China, Inglaterra, Italia, Suiza y Dinamarca. En el año 2016 fueron invitados a tocar con el World Percussion Group en Estados Unidos. En 2018, formaron parte del jurado del Youth Tuned Percussion Competition en Londres. El mismo año participaron en la convención de percusión en Indianápolis. En 2019 han sido invitados a participar en National Percussion Workshop and Festival en Gdańsk, Polonia.

Han sido galardonados en múltiples concursos internacionales de música en Europa y América del Norte: en 2014 obtuvieron el segundo premio Grand Honorable Mention en el sur de California, en 2016 se alzaron con el Primer premio en el Concurso Internacional de Percusión en Italia, en 2018 consiguieron el Primer premio en los Golden Classical Music Award, y recientemente obtuvieron el segundo premio en Chamber Music Competition de la Royal Danish Academy.

Las entradas pueden adquirirse en los canales habituales de Auditorio de Tenerife, en taquilla de 10:00 a 19:30 horas, de lunes a sábado excepto festivos, a través de www.auditoriodetenerife.com  o por teléfono en el 902 317 327.

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“Spanish Rhapsody” is Sinfónica de Tenerife’s sonorous invitation to the sixteenth subscription concert this season, featuring conductor François Leleux and María Canals 2009 award-winner Vestard Shimkus as guest soloist. The concert is taking place on Friday, 31st May at 7:30 pm in Auditorio de Tenerife and the programme includes Petite Suite and Fantaisie for piano and orchestra by Claude Debussy plus Maurice Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin and Spanish Rhapsody.

François Leleux, who is making his debut with the Tenerife orchestra, is a renowned, widely experienced oboe player who has worked both as soloist and conductor with the main international orchestras, and festivals and concert series. Highlights in his exceptional career include conducting hr-Sinfonieorchester, Camerata Salzburg, Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich and the symphony orchestras of Sydney, Swedish Radio or WDR.

It is also the first time with Tenerife’s Symphony for Latvian pianist Vestard Shimkus. His technique, which the German publication Main Post described as “naturally brilliant”, has led him to take many prestigious international awards like Maria Canals 2009, Estonia’s Order of the White Star or the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland. He has played with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra or France National Orchestra, among others.

Petite Suite is a piece to learn about Claude Debussy’s early music writing although this is a 1907 version orchestrated by Henri Büsser, as the 1889 original was conceived to be interpreted with a piano four hands. The interest the composer had in bringing together different arts and styles under the language of music is evident in the near-pictorial impression one gets of the texture of water, or the joyful customs reflected in the echoes of cheerful popular dances.

Fantaisie for piano and orchestra is one more step in the personal language Debussy pursued throughout his life. In this piece, composed in 1890, the French author is not seeking the usual concert in which the orchestra glosses the soloist instrument, but he is thinking of the constructive interaction between the piano and the orchestra.

In the same year the First World War breaks out, 1914, Maurice Ravel started to write Le Tombeau de Couperin with the mark of a generation who had believed the promises of the 19th century would become true with the supposed technological progress. The piece was concluded in 1917 and was initially conceived as a tribute to the Golden age of French music, led by François Couperin-, but turned into a dedication to his dead friends. Therefore, it does not emulate army spirit but memory and so it has a serene character, with nostalgic touches that appeal to the frailty of happiness.

Ten year earlier, in 1907 he had produced Spanish Rhapsody, a work that shows the increasing fascination of composers -especially French- for Spain, largely due to the visit of Pedrell or Falla in Paris. Spain was a symbol of freedom and expression in the crisscrossing of languages as reflected in a composition written at the peak of atonal explorations. The nostalgic rhythm of the habanera contrasts with the sighing rhythms, betraying the Mediterranean cheerfulness of this southern European country.

This concert is sponsored by the Fundación Jesús Serra and tickets can be bought at the box office from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm Monday to Saturday; by telephone on 902 317 327; or on the websites www.sinfonicadetenerife.es and www.auditoriodetenerife.com.

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Festival de Música Contemporánea de Tenerife (FMUC) presents a concert by DifrAcción Ensemble. The group specialises in 21st century music and takes this chance to present the world premiere of La Fortaleza, composed by Francis Hernández. Sala de Cámara at Auditorio de Tenerife is hosting the show on Monday, the 27th at 7:30 pm. There will be a talk starting an hour before to put the concert in context. Admission to the talk is free.

The group emerges in response to the need for that music which is not usually included in the regular programmes of auditoriums, groups and festivals: 21st century contemporary academic music.

Specifically, it is focused on current and glocal composition, performing premieres and playing a major role in the circulation of the sound art of the archipelago and Latin America.

It has a flexible membership and is open to performance and to using electronics, in addition to training musicians to approach new techniques, aesthetics and score writing. Made up of a core of performers of national and international scope, it regularly invites outstanding young musicians who are starting in the world of music to help them, thanks to performing teachers and composers who are experienced in the field.

Their programme today exclusively consists of the works of living Canarian composers who are members of COSIMTE (Tenerife association of symphonic composers and musicologists). These pieces were composed in this century and most of them are being played for the first time. 

Tickets can be bought at Auditorio de Tenerife box office from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm, Monday to Saturday except holidays, on website www.auditoriodetenerife.com  or by calling 902 317 327.

Pianist and composer Francis Hernández is regarded to be an eclectic musician who has alternated teaching with composition and musical direction. He was born in La Orotava, where he started to study piano and trumpet to then go on to further his education at  Conservatorio Superior de Música de Tenerife. In 1996 he attended an intensive course at Berklee College of Music and in 2014 he studied composition at Conservatorio Superior de Música de Canarias. He has been part of different jazz and popular music bands since the mid-1990s.

From 2004-2008 he worked as musical director for RTVE and Televisión Canaria. Since 2010 he has been part of different projects by producer Pablo Cebrián and has written music for animation series and short films and has also arranged and orchestrated different national productions. Between 2014-2018 he was the musical director at Auditorio de Tenerife of the musicales Jesucristo Superstar, Evita and Sunset Boulevard. In this last phase, he also conducted Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife in two concerts for Fiestas del Cristo de La Laguna (2016 and 2018).

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