THE CALELLA HARMÒNICA FESTIVAL
Calella will host the first Harmony Festival of the peninsula. Coinciding with the 31st Calella Jazz and Blues Festival, we want to grow with a festival dedicated to the harmonica, which will bring together the best harmonica players in Europe. The intention is to be a meeting point for all harmonica fans and enthusiasts and to become a European benchmark. From the 15th to the 18th of September it will be full of activities: Masterclass, conferences, concerts, the Record Fair, Jams sessions and other activities that we will be unveiling in the coming months.
Marko Jovanović, born with Serbian roots in Munich in 1978. It was an uncle who greatly influenced Marko’s musical path by giving his 13-year-old nephew a harmonica, and in doing so he hit the nail on the head. Diana! Marko was fascinated by the tiny, literally “hands-on” instrument and was immediately immersed in understanding, exploring and experimenting with it. Thanks to his uncle, a real talent had been awakened.
Marko was already on stage and in the spotlight when he was 15 years old. This young musical master of the harmonica already knew what he was going to do professionally.
After leaving school, he pursued the life of a professional musician. He was equipped with his knowledge of music, life experience and ambition, but above all with his uncanny sense of musical moods and the many facets of the mouth harmonica.
After traveling extensively in West Africa, Spain and Serbia, Marko decided to move to Berlin in 1999 and soon found many of his musical partners and a new home.
In 2001 he began a six-year collaboration with the blues band ‘Lars Vegas & The Love Gloves’ and during this period he gathered international touring and festival experience with this popular and award-winning trio.
In 2007 he met a unique musician named Blues Rudy and they quickly became friends and partners. They have been working together as a duo for over 4 years and with their energetic performances and improvisations they have gained a loyal following across the country.
At the same time Marko founded the band ‚Little Sam Lud‘ together with American guitarist Ryan Donohue. In 2011, following an invitation from the Saharawi singer Mariam Hassan, they toured Western Sahara and Spain. In 2012, Marko started a very fruitful collaboration with guitarist Branko Galoic and fulfilled a long-standing dream of combining traditional Balkan music with blues.
Audiences are often not familiar with the harmonica’s special qualities and versatility until they hear Marko Jovanović perform it.
Joan Pau Cumellas. Known for his interpretive ability with the diatonic harmonica, Joan Pau Cumellas is a lover and scholar of this instrument and explores its sound possibilities in different fields.
With the groups Barcelona Bluegrass Band, Mr.Hurricane Band and the artists Quico Pi de la Serra, Big Mama, Miguel Talavera or Valentí Moya, he discovers himself as a musician capable of fusing blues with jazz, country or folk music.
With these formations he has published up to 12 CDs. In addition, he collaborates on another 35 albums by musicians such as: Manolo García (pop), Lotti Lewis, Les deux guitarres (jazz), Moncho (boleros), Sam Lardner (country) including other productions of children’s music, gospel and pop-rock. .
He performs at the main Blues, Jazz and folk festivals in Spain and is known in France, England, Ireland, Switzerland, Poland and Holland for his participation in festivals such as: Harmonica Bridge, Bristol Harmonica Fest., Spring bluegrass Willisau, Blues Sur Seine , Les harmonicales, Cornish Bluegrass Fest., Johnny Kennan Fest., Conyac, Chaumont, Le Puliguen, EWOB…
Likewise, he works as a studio musician for radio and television advertising and has recorded harmonica in various film soundtracks.
He has a degree in Psychology from the University of Barcelona and has dedicated part of his life to pedagogical issues related to this profession. This training has marked him in his task as a harmonica teacher, which he has been developing since 2000. His courses to learn to play the instrument attract students from all over the country.
Victor “Doors” Puertas was born on the same day as Sonny Terry (October 24), a great harmonica player from Barcelona (Spain) who also shares piano, hammond organ and guitar. However, the harmonica was his first love and makes her speak with deep emotion and great sensitivity. He is one of the favorites on JerryPortnoy’s list.
He has shared unique moments with musicians such as Gary Primich, Mark Hummel, Jerry Portnoy, Joe Filisko, Eric Noden, Nathan James, Paul Rishell, Annie Raines, Steve James and Fred Kaplan, among many others.
He has worked as a session musician on several soundtracks, collaborated as a special artist on dozens of albums and played hundreds of concerts. All this combined as a teacher in his Catalan city.
Grzegorz Szlapczyński arrived in France in the late 1980s with a harmonica in his hands. Computer science student at Jussieu, he joined his first music groups and discovered Parisian clubs. Very quickly, he collaborated with musicians such as Jean-Jacques Milteau, Jean-Marie Ecay or Olivier Ker Ourio and has come to be considered one of the best harmonica players in France and among the best in Europe.
Greg also accompanies blues and jazz artists. French song in the studio, Florent Pagny, Johnny Hallyday also on tour since 2009 – on stage (Bill Deraime, Paul personne) and on TV sets (Francis Cabrel, Maxime Le Forestier, Carlos Aznavour).
In 1998, Greg Szlapczynski created a monthly blues gathering in Paris, Gregtime Evenings at Utopia, which would later result in a Gregtime live album. In 2002, he released his electro album La part du diable. In 2005, Greg, in Warsaw, signs a jazz’n blues album with soul atmospheres.
In 2017 he participated in the Vieilles Canailles tour with Johnny Hallyday, Eddy Mitchell and Jacques Dutronc.
UK-based New Zealander Brendan Power is acknowledged by many as one of the most creative, skilled & versatile harmonica players around today. Equally, at ease on both the earthy Blues Harp as well as the sophisticated Chromatic Harmonica, he tunes them to his own scales to create a highly original style. He has recorded over twenty solo CDs to date, in a wide variety of musical genres.
Since he moved to Britain in 1992, Brendan’s eclectic skills and sympathetic ear have made him an in-demand session player, leading to live and recording work with artists such as Kate Bush (her latest album ‘Director’s Cut’), Sting, Van Morrison, James Galway, Paul Young, Shirley Bassey, John Williams, Mike Batt and many more.
His playing is also heard on many Hollywood movie soundtracks (eg. the 2008 Oscar winning soundtrack for ‘Atonement’, Jackie Chan’s ‘Shanghai Noon’), and internationally syndicated BBC TV series (eg. ‘Billy Connelly in Canada’, ‘Auf Wiedersehen Pet’, and Bruce Parry’s ‘Arctic’ Series). He has featured on the world-renowned ‘Jools Holland Show’ and regularly toured worldwide, performing in venues such as China’s Great Hall of the People, the Royal Albert Hall and The Kremlin. Brendan was voted “International Harmonica Player of the Year 2011/12” by the respected SPAH organisation of America.
In addition to his Pop, Jazz & Blues skills, Brendan is an expert player of Irish traditional music (winning the 1993 All Ireland Title), and performed for three years as soloist in the Riverdance Show. He has recorded with many well-known Irish artists including Donal Lunny, Altan, Paul Brady, Arcady, Artie McGlynn, Mary Black and others. In February 2012 Brendan and Tim Edey won the “Best Duo” title at the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
You may not know you know Will Galison’s music, but you do. You’ve heard his unique harmonica sound on the themes of “Sesame Street”, “The Untouchables”, “Bagdad Café” and hundreds of other movie scores, albums and commercials. Harmonica master, Toots Thielemans, called Will “The most original and individual of the new generation of harmonica players”.
While Will is indeed one of the top exponents of the jazz harmonica, his career as a studio musician has allowed him to explore and embrace many other musical idioms, from rhythm and blues to classical concertos. That’s why he has recorded and/or performed with stars as varied as Sting, Donald Fagen (Steely Dan), Tommy Emmanuel, Barbra Streisand, Carly Simon, Chaka Khan, Ruth Brown, Jaco Pastorius, the O’Jays and Peggy Lee.
Will has released numerous albums under his own name (on Verve, PolyGram and Aosis records) and recorded as co- leader with other major talents from around the world. He’s also delighted audiences at Jazz festivals and clubs around the world, recently in Japan and India. At home in New York he has performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Joe’s Pub and The Blue Note.
In addition to jazz performances, Will has toured with various musical theatre productions, including the first two national tours of Roger Miller’s”Big River” and three European tours of “Bagdad Café”, starring Jveeta Steele (“Calling You”), and featuring the same director and composer as the movie.
The prices include 4 days and 3 nights staying in a 4/3-star hotel with breakfast and lunch included with water and wine, in a double room. Personal accreditation and free access to all masterclasses, lectures, tickets to all concerts and special pass to attend Jam sessions. (The prices do not include the tourist tax that is paid in the accommodation).