Author: Josu Camacho

About Josu Camacho

Father of four, tour manager for over 30 years leading groups worldwide and inside Spain, president of Perform in Spain and Ole Spain Tours. Love playing music , food ,wine and conversation

3rd Pueblos Blancos Music Festival 2018

Just less than a week to our next Pueblos Blancos Music Festival, our third one and every day more proud of seeing it coming with all the excitement for meeting again old friends and new ones just around music and  “tinto de verano” sips.

This year we are over 30 bands participating ,  which the  majority   are international artist coming mainly from Austin, Texas , Nashville, Brownsville and other cities in the US.

Believing each day more that we are all on the same road  living  in the Small World and  and that music is the best  way  for all  for understanding , we  welcome this year to Baylou, a rock band  from Sydney and  and Maf e Tula from Costa Rica as best examples of a world without frontiers, a world of music and friendship. Several local bands from Andalusia and other cities in Spain will participate as well.

Perform in Spain is supporting our personal dream, together with Fundacion Sierra de Libar and the local townhalls. A dream that started  over three years ago  in Austin and  in  Pueblos Blancos. Today this dream is a train that  wont stop.

Four days, four towns, four stages and 30 bands playing each day on different towns, sharing their music. The festival emphasize in different styles of music, but mainly focus of american roots ( country, tex-mex, rock, jazz and blues).

Thanks to all  participants, the  ones who participated on last editions that  whant to repeat again and again the experience, the new members  of the ” gran familia” and   specially to the other “dreamers” Phil Plata & Karen Locke  from Austin and Juan de Castro in Pueblos Blancosimg_1943

Check the www.pueblosblancosmusicfestival.org for updates about the festival, the concert calendar, fresh info or to watch some videos in our You Tube Channel of the coming bands of follow us on FB.

On the Road Again!

Josu Camacho

Pueblos Blancos Music Festival 2018

Just less than a week to our next Pueblos Blancos Music Festival, our third one and every day more than proud of seeing it coming with all the excitement for meeting again old friends and new ones just around music and tinto de verano sips.

This year we are over 30 bands participating , majority international artist coming mainly from Austin, Texas and few from Nashville too.

Believing more that we are all on the same road , that we all live in a Small World and that music is the best tool for all of us for understanding , we want to welcome this year to Baylou, a rock band coming from Australia and Maf e Tula from Vosta Rica and all the rest of local bands from Spain and Andalusia.

Perform in Spain is supporting my dream again and Phil Plata from Austin and Juan in Montejaque are the other two dreamers to make this festival runs again.

A train that won’t stop!

Check the http://www.pueblosblancosmusicfestival.org for updates about the festival, the concert calendar, fresh info or to watch some videos in our You Tube Channel of the coming bands of follow us on FB.

On the Road Again!

2018 Concert Season in Spain & Portugal

I am back at the office after an amazing concert season this year and heading deep into the summertime. This July, once the clouds are gone and  the dry heat is on, we will spend most of the time with the family, working  on next  concert season, enjoying  several outdoor concerts, thanking all the people  who  worked together with us on  each success we had and preparing the next  third edition of   Pueblos Blancos Music Festival that will  take  place  this Sept 6-9th.

It was on March, when we went on the road and since then and for  four months, wehad touring over 1000 musicians  throughout Spain and Portugal. We organized 85 concerts  in total and some days we had three different ensembles playing on three different corners of the Iberian peninsula. Over 30,000 people attended to all our concerts and welcomed each ensemble with outstanding ovations, no matter if they were choirs, bands or symphony orchestras. No matter if they were HS music students, college or adult community choirs or wind bands.

It is impossible to thank to all the many collaborators we had, from our international partners to  the local ones ( townhalls, cultural authorities, festivals, music halls, cathedrals, charity organizations, private institutions and foundations, schools and conservatories, professional musicians and ensembles, old friends and  our staff, particularly to my wife Kitty who   worked  in the shadow and behind each scenario.

It will be also very hard to say which of the ensembles were my favourite ones as I met most of them and attendend to most of the  concerts but  I only spent full time touring with few. Probably this made me having strong memories  of all of them and of their music. Want to  give very special thanks  to Ebbe Munk and the Copenhagen Royal Chapel that came  at the end of April and sang beautifuly in  Lisbon at the Monastery of Jeronimos, in Salamanca at the Old Cathedral, in  Seville at Church of El Salvador and  the final one in Malaga´s cathedral. It was the third visit of the Copenhagen Royal Chapel choir to  the Iberian peninsula with us, but this tour was  probably  the best of all.

Under the title ” Choir Sounds of Joy and Reflexion” they presented  choral masterpieces from Italy, Germany, Scandinavia and Russia, from reinassance until today. Listening O Magnum Mysterium by Morte Lauridsen, the Benedictus by Carl Nielsen or the Bogoroditse Devo by Rachmaninov brought myself and all audiences to another dimension,  while  Helen Davis played beautifully  several harp solos.

The Phoenix Boys Choir came back to Spain and Portugal, also for their third time. Under  Georg Stangelberger, the choir performed  10 concerts in 16 days, from the North of Spain to Andalusia. Special memories of the  concerts in  the  Picos de Europa National Park  at the Basilica de Covadonga, and  at San Martin Pinario Monastery in Santiago de Compostela or the Monastery of Santa Clara in Coimbra. But also   at the Cathedrals of Alcala de  Henares and Salamanca, the sharing concerts in Madrid and Sevilla or  the  concerts in Ecija or Granada.

Last full tour was my with daughter  Paula and Pedro Vega. We toured together with the Twickenham Winds from Huntsville, Alabama. The band members were travelling with friends and family . David  and Carol Spencer  falled in love with Spain few years ago  while he was conducting  a HS Band from Huntsville and decided to return with a band  of professional musicians  and  friends. Performing  outdoor at the main Plaza during a stormy afternoon in the mountains of Madrid was a question of faith and love  for sharing music with the locals. Suddenly the sky opened and the music started. As we say here the Madonna always appears ! Taking some of the group members to listen to some guitar at the caves of Sacromonte in Granada,    attending  at the Maestranza Opera House in Seville to see Carmen and Victor Ullate´s Ballet, performing in Puerto de Santa Maria Theatre or  opening the wind band festival in Andalusia, where some highlights that will stay in our memories forever.

Other memorable concerts were the Boston College Choir in Ecija, the MIT Concert Choir concerts in Barcelona, Valencia and the mountains of Madrid, the Villanova Singers at the Cathedral of Valencia, all the concerts of the MSU and CLU universities throughout Spain. Also the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra in Plaza Mayor  in Madrid or the three concerts we presented at the Andalucia Music Festival thanks to the support and friendship of  Vicente Coves and the European Guitar Foundation. Also the concert of MSU at the opening day of the Festival de Ubeda inside the old church of San Lorenzo and the day before were we moved in 24 hours inside   an old cloister and chapel in Alcala La Real where  the international congress of synestesia just finished……

Special thanks for all audiences, many of them who had  been following our concerts over the years. Also to the different churches and  catholic communities, priests and bishops and charity of organizations as Caritas.

And of couse, cannot forget our staff, from my wife Kitty and my daughter, to Carlos Muiña, Aurora, Pedro Vega, Cesar Higueras, Violeta, Caroline, Luis el Cubano,Don Francisco, Juan Jose Davalillo, Pedro Alburquerque, Luis Fernandes, Jorge, Jose, Isaac, Lazaro, Toñin, Goyo, Jose Manuel, Don Francisco, Maria Diversity, Maxi Santos, Pedro Ordoñez, Fernando Motas, Diego Martinez, Paco Toro, Juan Angel de Ubeda, Fredi Anfirock, Fran Muñoz (Sevilla)…. and many other friends Gracias !!!!

 

Choir Sounds of Joy and Reflexion

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Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir

Under the Patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Denmark

Ebbe Munk, Director / Helen Davies, harpist

 

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Portugal  & Spain April-May , 2018

Under  the title of  Choir Sounds of Joy and Reflexion, the Copenhagen Royal Chapel came this April to Lisbon and Spain  and offered concerts  on Wednesday April 25 at the Church of the Monastery of San Jeronimo in Lisbon, on April 28 at the Catedral Vieja de Salamanca, on April 30 at the Iglesia del Salvador in Seville and  a final concert  at the Catedral de Malaga on May 2nd.

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The CRCC performed  in front of over 2,400 people  on their  Iberian tour and shared the beautiful voices  in front of warm audiences.

Under the leadership of Ebbe Munk and  with the harpist  Helen Davies they  played the following program:

“Choir Sounds of Joy and Reflexion”

INTRODUCTION

Palle Mikkelborg Noon of Night / Dear God, Be Good to Me

Morten Lauridsen O Magnum Mysterium

HARP SOLO Stephen Henriksen The Meadown

REFLEXIONS ON THE VIGIL

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina Sicut cervus & Sitivit anima mea

Sven-David Sandström Sicut cervus& Sitivit anima mea

HARP SOLO Adolf Sjöden Elegie

LIGHT AND JOY

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Jauchzet dem Hern, alle Welt, Psalm 100

Carl Nielsen Benedictus ( from 3 motets op. 55)

HARP SOLO Rhian Samuel Ymhell y mor ( Far across the sea)

PRAYERS AT THE END OF THE DAY

Carl Nielsen Teach Me, Star of the Night

Sergei Rachmaninoff Bogoroditse Devo/ Ave Maria

Palle Mikkelborg A Simple Prayer: Oh Divine Master

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More about the CRCC

Among  some of the oldest European musical traditions are the Cathedral choirs and their choir schools. The Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir is the only representative of this tradition in Scandinavia.

Founded in 1924 by Mogens Wöldike the choir developed into a full-time institution with the boys receiving their general education alongside a full musical and vocal training at SANKT ANNAE GYMNASIUM, the Copenhagen Municipal  Choir School. Since 1959 the choir has been resident at Copenhagen Cathedral and performs, as part of their duties, at state functions and during royal visits abroad. A main part of the  choir´s activities are concerts in leading concert halls, cathedrals and  at festivals all over the world.

In 2000 the CRCC was awarded the prestigious Eugene Mortimer Choir Prize by the Europeran Cultural Foundation Pro Europa, and from the 2002 the choir has been appointed Ambassadeurs de lÚnion by Le Féderation Européene des Choeurs de lÚnion in Brussels. In 2003 the choir was honoured in Paris by lÍnstitut de France-Académie des Beaux-Arts with the Prix Chant choral Liliane Bettencourt.

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The  CRCC regularly works with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and has released numerous recordings. There is a continued collaboration with the Tivoli Symphony Orchestra/Copenhagen Phil, with the ensembles of the Danish Broadcasting Company and with regional orchesttras in Denmark, and a close co-operation with the Royal Opera House in Copenhagen has also been established in recent years. The recording of Buxtehude´s Cantatas received the Danish Music Awards “Choral  release of the year” in 2002. In 2018 the choir releases its latest recording including Palestrina´s Marcellus Mass and Sicut Cervus, and a new setting of Sicut Cervus by Sven-David Sandström.

From 2000 the CRCC has performed in such various places as New Zealand (Wellington Cathedral), New York (Saint Thomas, 5th Ave)Beijing (National Centre of Performing Arts), Shangai ( Oriental Art Space)Milano (Teatro alla Scala), Berlin ( Berliner Dom), Paris(Notre Dame) and Oxford (Sheldonian Theatre)

Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark has presented CRCC and Ebbe Munk with the PRO EUROPA prize (2002) on behalf  of the European Foundation for Culture….. to honour the high quality and outstanding achievement of its choral singing and its artistic contribution to culture dialogue in the world.

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Ebbe Munk was in 1991 appointed both as precentor in the Copenhagen Cathedral and artistic director and conductor of the CRCC for which he was fourth in succession after Mogens Wöldike, Niels Moller and Per Enevold.

Ebbe Munk´s name has been closely associated with the price winning chamber choir VOX DANICA, which was  known  especially for the  performance of new Nordic music. From 1982 to 1991 he was the director of SANKT ANNAE YOUTH CHOIR, which under his leadership developed into one of the major youth  choirs in Europe.

With the CRCC and as a choir instructor, Ebbe Munk has given masterclasses, participated in choral festivals and served on international competition juries in places such as Princeton University, Festival des Cathedrales de Picardie, the National Conservatory of Music and the Opera House in Hanoi and Nordklang  in Finland.

One of the most marked features of Ebbe Munk´s tenure with the choir has been the development of the performance of early music, which began as collaboration between CRCC and Concerto Copenhagen, as well as with special ensembles from abroad, notable the Duffay Collective in London.

IN 2000 Ebbe Munk established a collaboration between the cathedral choir masters in Helsinki, Turku, Uppsala, Trondheim, Oslo and Copenhagen and this has been extended to include illustrious choral institutions such as Escolania de Montserrat, King´s College Cambridge and New College Oxford.

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Since  2002 Ebbe Munk has  been artistic counsellor of  the Federation des Choeurs de l´Union I Bruxeles and in 2008 he succeeded Sir David Willcocks at the Big Sing and Teapot Summer School in New Zealand. IN 2003 together with the CRCC he has honoured with the Prix Chant  choral Liliane Bettencourt by l´Institut de France-Academie des Beaux-Arts(Paris) for which  he in 2008 was appointed member of the prize jury.

In 2000 Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark honored Ebbe Munk with a knighthood ( Knight  of the Order of Dannebrog) and in 2015 he was elevated to Knight of the First Rank of the Order of Dannebrog.

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Helen Davies career as a harpist is diverse and eclectic. Her wide ranging musical life has seen her combine a distinguished orchestral career in Ireland and Scandinavia with scholarly research in 18th and 19th century harp music, arranging and performing Irish traditional harp music and the harp music of her native Wales, and , since 1989, working in the field of contemporary electronic improvided music with her husband, trumpet player and composer Palle Mikkelborg, with whom she has performed worldwide. She has also  worked closely with the CRCC and has toured extensively with them.

Helen studied harp in her native Wales with Ann Griffiths and studied music in Birmingham University (UK). During her time in Ireland, Helen taught both classical and Irish harp at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and established a diploma course for Irish harp. She has published several books of harp music and is currently involved in researching forgotten harp virtuosi from 18th and 19th century Scandinavia. Helen has been featured on numerous recordings and her 2 solo CD have both been awarded nominated.

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