Ara Malikian’s violin and Aitana’s pop animate the Gasteiz Musik Fest

Lebanese violinist Ara Malikian returns to Vitoria with monologues, melodies and pyrotechnics on his ‘Le petit garage’ tour. / EFE

The Buesa Arena receives these concerts on Friday and Saturday, the second with sold-out tickets, but they are not the only ones that will resonate in the capital of Alava

Judith Romero

The weekend comes to the capital of Alava full of concerts and with two great dates at the Buesa Arena. The Lebanese violinist Ara Malikian will combine his melancholic melodies with humorous monologues and pyrocene pieces in the framework of the Gasteiz Musik Fest, a festival that will continue on Saturday with the concert of the Catalan pop singer Aitana, who has already sold all the tickets for the show of his tour ’11 reasons tour ‘.

After filling crowds such as that of the Euskalduna, Malikian and the Cuban pianist Iván ‘Melón’ Lewis arrive in Vitoria with the ‘Le petit garage’ tour and tickets starting at 44 euros. The concert is a journey through different times, countries, cultures and styles and in it you can find everything from belly dancing to a Tchaikovsky waltz in which you can jump like a rip. Malikian has visited the capital of Alava every year for at least two decades –on one occasion he had to cancel a concert to have a shoulder operated on–, but he always returns to attend to his old and new fans. On the other hand, whoever finished Operación Triunfo in second place, the singer and songwriter Aitana Ocaña, will stop at the Buesa Arena to present the songs from her second album, ’11 Reasons’. The tour has more than 30 scheduled concerts, including the one in Vitoria, which on Monday had already sold out all its tickets. Aitana was one of the ten most listened to women in Spain in 2020 according to the Spotify platform and has more than 9,900,000 monthly listeners.


  • Friday, November 12, 2021
    Ara Malikian with his violin and Iván ‘Melón’ Lewis at the piano in concert at the Buesa Arena and Mala Hierba + La Zigarra at Urban Rock Concept, both from 9pm. Fran Mariscal at Le Coup at 8pm.

  • Saturday 13
    The pop of Aitana in ’11 reasons tour ‘at the Buesa Arena and the southern rock of the Canarian band Red Beard at Urban Rock Concept at 9:00 p.m. Depedro will present his new album ‘Machine of Mercy’ at Jimmy Jazz at 9.30pm.

  • Sunday 14
    The James Bond songs in ‘A Night of Bond’, with which Janine Johnson has triumphed in London, starting at 8pm on Dazz. Another singer who went through Operación Triunfo, Nil Moliner, will perform in the Kubik room at 9:00 p.m.

Beyond the concerts that Gasteiz Musik Fest organizes since August at the Buesa Arena, music lovers have other alternatives to liven up the nights of Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tomorrow, when Ara Malikian draws his violin and also starting at 9:00 p.m., the Mallorcan quartet Mala Hierba will play in the Urban Rock Concept room as part of the tour ‘Doing nothing is choosing’. They will be accompanied by the group La Zigarra, from Agurain, made up of Juanfran, Joel, Lesaga and Ferdy. They present their first studio work after having played in bands such as Lack of irrigation or Puraposse. Likewise, the Sevillian singer-songwriter Fran Mariscal will present a series of songs with fire as a common element in his tour ‘Ardiendo’ in the Le Coup venue from 8:00 p.m.

On Saturday will concentrate the largest number of concerts. In addition to Aitana’s ‘sold out’ at the Buesa Arena, there will be musical proposals such as those of the Canarian band Red Beard and Jairo Zavala, also known as Depedro. The Madrilenian will present his new album, ‘Machine of piety’, in the Jimmy Jazz room starting at 9.30pm. Half an hour before, Red Beard will play their southern rock with which they have already triumphed in Texas itself at Urban Rock Concept.

However, Aitana will not be the only former contestant of Operación Triunfe to visit the capital of Alava to share her music with the public this weekend. Also from Barcelona, ​​NilMoliner, who was a singer and guitarist for the band CyBee, will play songs such as ‘Iron Soldier’, ‘Libertad’ or ‘My religion.’ Jazz lovers, for their part, will have their date from 8:00 p.m. in Dazz. After succeeding with this London club show, Janine Johnson will present ‘ANight of Bond’, a repertoire of songs from the legendary spy movies with a jazzy twist.

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Ara Malikian’s violin and Aitana’s pop animate the Gasteiz Musik Fest