Descendants of former slaves created jazz in the 19th century in New Orleans, one of the most popular styles in the world, based on a special rhythmic quality known as swing, improvisation, and a sound and phrasing that convey the personality of the musicians to the listener. It is a whole culture that currently has exceptional exponents in Galicia, the vast majority of them linked to the Permanent Jazz Seminary (SPJ) of Pontevedra.
East celebrates its 20th anniversary consolidated as the great Galician jazz quarry and more than half a thousand instrumentalists have passed through its classrooms and rehearsalsaccording to figures presented on Monday morning by the SPJ professor Louis Carballo. He accompanied the Councilor for Culture, Carme Foucesin the presentation of Jazz no Principal, a program with which the SPJ resumes its activity after the break linked to the pandemic.
After those two years of interruption, Jazz no Principal returns with a special format. this time will value the work of two of his teachers, Abe Rábade and Paco Charlin“two figures of jazz worldwide”, recalls the organization, “with a very large footprint in the contemporary history of jazz both in Galicia and internationally”.
Thus, two concerts will be held with a program prepared by Rábade and Charlín, who will be accompanied by several invited musicians linked to the SPJ, who have passed through its classrooms and/or collaborated and who today have their respective careers all over the world, as Luis Carballo recalled. He advanced that there will be two “very special” concerts in which the artists propose their music, for example Abe Rábade is editing his new album, which are added to compositions by other musicians, who lead many festivals.
The SPJ has established itself as the great Galician jazz quarry and more than half a thousand instrumentalists have passed through its classrooms and rehearsals, according to the figures presented this Monday morning by Professor Luis Carballo
And it is that the SPJ “is no longer just a seminar but also has initiatives, teachers and referents” and it is “A pleasure to have them on their 20th birthday, in a special mention for what they did here.”
Non-Main Jazz 2022 will start next Wednesday, the 12th, at 9:00 p.m. at the Teatro Principal, with Abe Rabade on piano, accompanied by the band SPJ-Talents, made up of trumpeter Javier Pereiro, Virxilio da Silva on guitar, Juansy Santomé on double bass and Hector Agulla on drums.
The second and last concert is scheduled for the next day 26. The double bassist Paco Charlín will share the stage with a larger band, SPJ-Meeting, made up of Alberto Rodríguez on alto sax, Javier Abraldes on guitar, Daniel Corral on piano, Antón Iglesias on drums, Fernando Sánchez on tenor sax, Xan Campos on piano and Max Gómez on drums.
This recital will also take place at the Principal, which “begins to pick up the pace and be filled with content” after the pandemic and the suspension of activities due to the works, as the Councilor for Culture recalled. This began in that Jazz no Principal is “a classic”, which this time returns with two Wednesdays “with top-of-the-range musicians”.
Jazz no Principal 2022 will start next Wednesday, the 12th, at 9:00 p.m. at the Teatro Principal, with Abe Rábade on piano, accompanied by the band SPJ-Talents
Tickets can be purchased at the symbolic price of 3 euros at the Ataquilla or at the Teatro Principal box office from one hour before each performance.
The cycle will be an opportunity to celebrate that the SPJ has been a benchmark for jazz in Galicia for two decades, working on “two basic pillars: the training of future musicians and the revitalization of this style in society through jazz cycles, educational concerts for schoolchildren or the release of records”.
His work spread throughout the community “hand in hand with the two most outstanding musicians of Galician jazz”recalls the organization in allusion to Abe Rábade and Paco Charlín, who return this October for the birthday party of the quarry of this style.
The second and last concert is scheduled for the 26th. Double bassist Paco Charlín will share the stage with a larger band, SPJ-Meeting
Of the more than 500 students trained in its classrooms, more than a hundred “are professionally dedicated to jazz, which is something very complicated”, recalls Luis Carballo. Every year an average of 50 students pass through the SPJwho do not receive training at the instrumental level “but to play together and make music”the professor points out, a work system that was seriously damaged by the pandemic, since “people come to play, to meet artists” and to learn “on a practical level.”
This almost “improvisational” system is one of the secrets of the Permanent Jazz Seminara training program in which there are no level tests and which began by bringing together great artists with young instrumentalists who were teenagers at the time and who today are benchmarks in their speciality, such as Xan Campos.
More than a hundred ex-students “are professionally dedicated to jazz, which is something very complicated”, recalls Luis Carballo. Every year an average of 50 students pass through the SPJ
Some students come to broaden their training and before continuing their musical career, and others are amateurs. “Over time they play together, we intend that the ene simply make music and leave behind competitiveness, we have been breaking with that for 20 years”, highlights Luis Carballo. The 22nd edition of the Permanent Jazz Seminar, which will be taught by Abe Rábade, Paco Charlín, Virxilio da Silva and Max Gómez, was presented on September 17 and offers students the same “good vibes” that the SPJ has preserved in these two decades . It is what motivates “When we talk about recruiting the best for the concerts, they play wildly and everyone comes”, including consecrated musicians with complicated agendas, who this month will celebrate the anniversary of the jazz quarry in Pontevedra.
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Two concerts with Galician teachers and talented students will celebrate the 20th birthday of the Permanent Jazz Seminar
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