Voll-Damm Barcelona Jazz Festival

Type: 
Concerts
Conference/Debates
Festival

The Barcelona International Jazz Festival is a world reference in the genre, thanks to its tireless work to offer a balanced program with first names and new proposals. Free concerts, master classes by leading figures, conferences, exhibitions, meetings with artists ... and many parallel activities complete the program.

The festival will be held in several areas of the city: Barts, Conservatori del Liceu, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Palau de la Música Catalana, Milano Jazz Club, Palau Robert and Teatre-Auditori Sant Cugat.

The 2020 edition of the Voll-Damm Barcelona Jazz Festival

The 52nd edition of the Barcelona Jazz Festival arrives in Barcelona in the centenary year of Charlie Parker overcoming many difficulties. The festival will be inaugurated on October 24 at the Palau de la Música by the famous French soprano Natalie Dessay, who together with the group of double bass player Pierre Boussaguet will offer a recital dedicated to the music of the composer Michel Legrand.

The festival's Gold Medal

The Gold Medal will go to Brad Mehldau this year, who will perform alone and who admits feeling very moved by this recognition of the festival.

Women, protagonists of the festival

  • Ute Lemper, will pay a cinematic tribute to Marlene Dietrich.
  • Sílvia Pérez Cruz is the protagonist of the Portrait of an Artist with four concerts at the Palau, the Gran Teatro del Liceo and the BARTS room.
  • María José Llergo, one of the fundamental voices of new flamenco, will be in charge of inaugurating the flamenco series De Cajón!
  • I´M A Soul Woman is a show in which several female voices from the Catalan scene claim the heritage of soul in the voice of women.
  • The pianist Carolina Alabau and the violinist Èlia Bastida will present the most promising work of their recent alliance as a duo.
  • Andrea Motis will return to the festival after her recent motherhood with the premiere of a new show, A Swingin Story, which she will co-star in front of her quintet with crooner Randy Greer.

Years of celebrations and farewells

This year the 15 years of the Sant Andreu Jazz Band are celebrated at the Barcelona Jazz Festival; Pegasus, after the success of last year, offers its last concert (L’apocalipsi final); and La Locomotora Negra also says goodbye to the stage, the same weekend that it celebrates its 50th anniversary.

De Cajón!

A festival within the festival, which will feature the aforementioned María José Llergo and four high-level concerts: the trio formed by Carles Benavent, Tino di Geraldo and Jorge Pardo, the guitars of Vicente Amigo and Tomatito, and the voice of Miguel Poveda (Palau, December 2).

The Conservatori del Liceu

The Festival's master classes are held at the Conservatori del Liceu, a unique project in the world, but it also hosts several concerts by international and national artists, and two concerts by two groups emerging from the restless Liceu school: the Liceu Big Band and the Gran Ensemble Liceu.

Three new venues

  • The Palau Robert, where a program called DO JAZZ CAT is launched, which aims to highlight the richness and diversity of the music scene in Catalonia with concerts and meetings with artists.
  • The Milano Jazz Club, formerly the Milano Cocktail Bar, which has closed a very stimulating program.
  • Two reference clubs in New York, Smalls and The Village Vanguard, also become the festival venues. The concerts can be followed in streaming on their websites.