The multi-award winning Lucas Vidal, Palko-Varoch and DifrAcción Ens…

It will be an intense week of concerts that will take place at the Guiniguada Theater, Espacio La Granja and the two venues of the Conservatory

In addition to the concert, Lucas Vidal, winner of two Goyas, an Emy and laureate in Hollywood, will also offer a master class

The contemporary festival closes its second edition with an intense week of concerts in Gran Canaria and Tenerife, whose protagonists are Lucas Vidal, one of the most prolific Spanish composers of his generation, especially in film music, winner of two Goyas, an Emy and laureate in Hollywood; and the prestigious Palko-Varoch duo. They are joined by DifrAcción Ensemble, a group from the Canary Islands that returns to the festival again to perform the two closing concerts of this new edition.

There will be a total of six concerts over four days, between Thursday 13 and Sunday 16 October, which can be enjoyed at the Guiniguada Theater of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the The Farm Space of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, and in both venues of the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Canarias, all at 8:00 p.m. This last center will also host the last two masterclasses scheduled this year and which will be led by Paco Varochy and Lucas Vidal.

This third and last week of the Festival kicks off the Thursday 13, at 8:00 p.m. at the Gran Canaria headquarters Superior Conservatory of Music, with the duo made up of two great musicians specialized in contemporary music: Paco Varoch (flautin) and Benedicte Palko (piano), in a concert that they will repeat the following day, Friday 14, in Tenerife. He is a piccolo specialist and regularly works with ensembles such as the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. She is a professor of chamber music at MUSIKENE, Together they bring to the Contemporary Festival a program of international authors that includes a work by the Canarian composer Tadeo Martín.

The program includes works by Valentin Silvestrov (1937), Lasse Thoresen (1949), Gabriel Erkoreka (1969), Tadeo Martín Ramos, Kaija Saariaho, Gabriel Erkoreka, Ned McGowan (1970) and Michael Daugherty (1954). On the other hand, the workshop with Paco Varoch It will be the same Thursday the 13th, at 11:00 in the Conservatory.

Lucas Vidal, concert and masterclass

the same friday the 14th will be Lucas Vidal in the Guiniguadaat 8:00 p.m., with his show ‘Karma’, his most personal project, in which he fuses classic and avant-garde sounds. Earlier, at 11:00 a.m., he will offer a open and free master class in the conservatory. The concert will be repeated the next day, saturday 15 in Tenerife Farm Space.

Vidal is one of the most internationally recognized Spanish composers and a benchmark in musical composition for film and television. He has recently launched into electronic orchestral music with the CD and musical-visual show that he will perform in the Canary Islands together with his ensemble.

His professional career has given him recognition around the world, among the public and music critics. She has been in the rForbes ranking of the 100 most influential creative people and awarded by ‘Marca España’ as representative of Spanish culture abroad. It’s a world-famous multifaceted musical composer, who does not stop experimenting, especially in the composition of soundtracks.

At 38 years old and thanks to a singular creative language and an exceptional personality, Vidal is in his own right the greatest exponent of a generation of highly talented young Spaniards. His extraordinary creative capacity and his marked humanistic profile make Lucas Vidal a unique character. Raised in a family linked to music, he was trained in Berklee (Boston) and Julliard (NYC). In 2009 he moved to Los Angeles and three years later he had the opportunity to compose the soundtrack for ‘Fast and Furious 6’, which has been followed by more than twenty productions.

In 2016 he won an Emmy -for the ESPN network theme for the Rio Games- and two Goyas -for the main theme of ‘Palmeras en la nieve’, together with Pablo Alborán, and for the soundtrack of ‘Nobody wants the night’-. In 2019 he settles back in Spain, after 17 years in the US, where he continues to compose hits such as the OST for the series ‘Elite’ (Netflix), among others. In 2021 he receives the Iris Award from the Spanish TV Academy for his film career.

In the midst of the 2020 pandemic, he presented his first album of orchestral electronic music, ‘Karma’, with which he leaves his comfort zone and faces areas not yet explored: new sonorities, new challenges to overcome. Electronic music has always fascinated him, although he had never had time to develop it with his own language.

DiffrAction Ensemble

The closing of the II Contemporary Festival organized by the Government of the Canary Islands as a complementary activity to the Canary Islands Music Festival, will be the Saturday 15 at the Guiniguada and on Sunday 16 at the The Farm Spacewith two concerts by Ensemble DiffrAction. This Canarian formation, which the public was able to enjoy in the first edition, will perform this year under the directed by José María de Vicente, composition teacher at the Conservatory, and accompanied by the Soprano Sonia de Munkhabitual of the great theaters and halls of the country.

The group will take on the premiere of two works by Canarian composers: ‘When the Malpaís’ by Sergio Rodríguez, and ‘Pierrot contemplates’, by Jesús Ángel Rodríguez. They will also perform the well-known contemporary work by Schönberg ‘Pierrot Lunaire’.

Tickets and invitations

Tickets are available on the website of the Guiniguada Theater and of The Farm Space, as well as at their respective ticket offices, at a price of 8 euros, with discounts for young people under 25, over 65, students and the unemployed. At the venues of the Superior Conservatory of Music, the concerts are free but require withdrawal of invitations at www.ecoentradas.com.

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