Pueblos Blancos Music Festival

October, 2016


It has been  almost  two weeks over that the first Pueblos Blancos Music  Festival happened in the white villages in Andalusia. Phil Plata  is back in Austin, Juan is back working down in Montejaque and  I am back in Madrid. We need to enjoy some free time  to  think if we will  be ready again for next  year´s edition or this  was just a dream that happened once in a lifetime.


Our goal to create an  international encounter where musicians coming from all over the world to play their music and participate in this cultural exchange was  an incredible success beyond  all expectations, where during the four days  of the festival  the bands performed in different   pueblos   and venues each day. Local bands participated as well  and supported from the very beginning  with the  extra backline  needed.

The dream finally happened. Professional and semi professional bands  met together in an incredible  atmosphere of friendship and music during the four days. Every  night 6 to 8 bands were playing in different venues and after midnight jams happened every night with local musicians in Montejaque.

Many of the bands that participated came from Austin, the live music capital of the world, and the music style  mainly  in common was rock and roll, jazz, blues, country and  americana styles and this will be our goal for the future.


Big thanks to the towns of Montejaque, Ronda and Grazalema for their support. Big thanks to all musicians and bands who participated. Big thanks for all local bands and audiences  for the warm hospitality and  technical support.

We will soon be back again  and we will share many  good news  with you.

Please if you are  interested in  more details or if you are  a band interested to participate in the next edition, please  contact www.pueblosblancosmusicfestival.com and send a message to  Phil Plata, co-founder and artistic director of the  Festival anytime

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Jazz in Spain

Few days  ago, the Harvard Westlake Jazz Big Band & Combos  from Studio City, LA ;, finished their intense week through Spain and Portugal where they performed 7 concerts in front of over 1,400 people and where they played in Malaga, Cordoba, Seville and Puerto de Santa Maria in Andalusia, Spain  and the two final concerts in  Setubal and Lisbon in Portugal.


I want to thank  upfront  to James Smith and Maggie Rodriguez from Encore Tours, Samuel Bull the road manager , all the local Spanish jazz  musicians, students and friends who attended to all the concerts and  helped us to organize such a wonderful tour, and most of all to all the high school-age musicians from Harvard Westlake  who brought  their  music and their talents under the direction of Shawn Constantino.


I cannot forget Pablo Bernardo Caveda, a personal friend and professional photographer who  reflected better than a million words through his  photos  some of the highlight moments of  the tour.


The jazz aficionados in Andalusia had the opportunity to enjoy  the concerts and the excellent repertoire chosen from  the  songs of Count Basie, Dizzie Gillespie, Charlie Parker , Joe Henderson among others.

The jazz students from  music schools and conservatories , from high school to adults ,were able to learn and  jam together with the combos and the big  band.


Even that the concert times where not  very jazzy, as half  of the concerts where celebrated at 5 pm, audiences  where there are welcomed  with enthusiasm   the  band members.

Thanks to all  who participate on this tour from the craddle to its end. It was a wonderful time!

Pueblos Blancos Music Festival -Sept 15-18, 2016


Why? Due to our friendship over the years with  our friends of Mundi, a local band from Austin Texas and  with Phil Plata, a local musician from Austin, the craddle of this project was born last september during Phil and Karen´s visit to Andalusia. Since then, Juan de Castro  in Montejaque, Phil Plata in Austin and myself, were moving on. But  it was not until we receive the support from local authorities in the different Pueblos Blancos and since my visit to Austin this February when we  celebrated two gatherings with local musicians at his home, when the project became real.

Many bands will be coming from Austin, Texas and this has a reason. Not only  for te hard work  of Phil promoting  the festival through the local musicians in Austin, but also because Austin is the  live music capital of the world, and it is  where the South by Southwest Music festival happens every year. Making the interest of  local bands from Austin  in this  festival  and on coming to   Pueblos Blancos and Andalusia never happened before.

This together with the  passion of music and friendship and with the magic of  this hidden corner in South of Spain, the Pueblos Blancos ( known as The White Villages) made the rest.

Big thanks  again  to Phil Plata, Juan de Castro ,all of our friends of Mundi as Mario Gonzales, Darrel Myers, Ric Furley and all of their love of Spain and  especially to all the participants in the magical week coming soon!

When? Each of the  four cities will celebrate each night  different concerts, and all bands will be playing on each of the  cities. The concerts will  start on  Thursday Sept 15 and will end on Sunday 18th, 2016.

Where ?  Four  Pueblos Blancos: two in Malaga province ( Ronda and Montejaque) and two in Cadiz province ( Grazalema and Villaluenga del Rosario) will celebrate during  4 days an encounter of musicians and bands from all over the world who will share their music with locals with  concerts and workshops every day in every of the four   Pueblos Blancos, a magical corner in  south of Spain, close to the Gibraltar Strait, the end of the known world of the Greek mythology, a land of bandoleros and romantic writers.

Who ? From Texas, to Guatemala, from Rusia, To Ukraine will be coming to play,  share their music and experiences  with local  musicians and friends during the weekend.

Here is an update list: Danger Cakes ( Austin, Texas,USA), Sefo(Madrid,Spain, via Austin),Deann René (Austin , Texas, USA), The Pomoriams (Pomorie, Bulgaria), dd dageer (Austin, Texas), Zein Al Jundi (Damascus, Syria), The Jake Levinson Band ( GUatemala via Austin), Pakava It (Moscow, Russia), Flying Balalaika Brothers ( Russia/Ukraine), Nurk (Madrid, Spain) Motes Float Aloft (England via Austin), Moxxy (Austin, Texas), Future of Air Travel (USA), Cañamo and B-Sides  from Madrid….

More information  www.pueblosblancosmusicfestival.com





34 Semana de Musica Sacra de Segovia

This morning the Western Washington University Concert Choir performed in the Church of Saint John of the Knights in medieval Segovia closing the festival with a hugh success of audience. Several prestige international artists performed before as the Chamber Choir f Madrid,Pino de Vittorio  who played church and plazas songs from Naples on  1600, the Musica Reservata from Barcelona performing T.L.Victoria, the violinist Alejandro Bustamante playing J.S.Bach …and the WWUCC singing sacred european music and frican american spirituals and hyms.It was an excellent festival edition.