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The muses of La Musa: Mavica

Mavica is composer and guitarist, Marta Casanova, originally from Cartagena and resident in London, where she is currently preparing her debut EP ‘Gone’, a collection of songs that has already taken her to perform in Barcelona, Madrid, Murcia and even Berlin. But it is in the British capital, where Mavica studies music and production and where the young artist has found the place to finally materialize her debut. Folk pop songs with influences that go from Bon Iver to Sufjan Stevens or Amy Winehouse to Ben Howard. On October 29 Mavica debuted in Barcelona, opening for Roo Panes (UK) at the Moritz Factory, the artist dazzled the audience with her unmistakable voice and catchy melodies. Tonight she presents her present her first-ever EP, ‘Gone’  at L’Auditori.

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Festival Cruïlla 2018

The eclectic Cruïlla music festival is a favourite for locals in the Barcelona summer festival season, and it celebrates its ninth year running on July 12, 13 and 14 in the Parc del Fòrum with a line-up of some 40 performances featuring all kinds of musical styles, and featuring veterans as well as up-and-comers.

One of the headliners is the great David Byrne, who not only was the frontman for the legendary Talking Heads but has also enjoyed an extensive and fruitful solo career and is one of the first English-speaking stars to open up his sound to include Latin and African rhythms. Fans of rock rooted in Americana are excited about the addition of Jack White to the line-up, with his third solo album, ‘Boarding House Reach’ (2018), and of bluesman Seasick Steve. For fans of rap and urban music, don’t miss The RootsN*E*R*D (Pharrell Williams among them), Prophets of Rage (the supergroup made up of members of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, Chuck D and DJ Lord Public Enemy, plus B-Real from Cypress Hill), and British outfit Bugzy Malone, showing off the harder side of hip hop.

Electronic music fans won’t be disappointed either with the French duo Justice, British duo Orbital, drum & bass duo Chase & Status, and Norwegian producer Kygo.

Look forward to roots music from Brazil’s Gilberto GilFatoumata Diawara from Mali, and American reggae band Soja. In addition to Diawara, Cruïlla’s other important female voices are English singer-songwriter Jessie Ware, and French musician Camille, who’s comfortable with both pop and the avant-garde and whatever lies between.

Reggae heir Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley is back at the festival after his 2015 performance, and now he presents his latest album, ‘Stony Hill’ (2017); Colombian duo Bomba Estéreo, one of the most internationally well-known groups on the new wave of alternative Latin American pop also takes to the stage.

More locally, Spanish and Catalan performers include Núria GrahamThe New RaemonMi CapitánBelakoLa PegatinaEls CatarresLa M.O.D.A., the Always Drinking Marching BandLori MeyersElefantesBlaumutRamon Mirabet and Joan Dausà, Madrid’s Izal with their epic pop, and from nearby Vic Joana Serrat.

Completing the line-up are LP, the alias of American singer-songwriter Laura Pergolizzi; English singer-songwriter Ben Howard; New York rock band The Last Internationale; and Peruvian folk-pop group We the Lion; as well as Fura dels Baus and Aquelarre de Cervera, who add a stage-performance ingredient to the festival cocktail.

Divus Julius presents…Charlie Cunningham

Nascut en una petita ciutat de la perifèria de Londres, Charlie Cunningham va convertir aviat la guitarra i el piano en una part important de la seva vida. Va aprendre els secrets de la composició i després d’entrenar-se a petits locals d’Oxford va emprendre un viatge a Sevilla, on va viure dos anys explorant diferents maneres d’apropar-se a la guitarra després de desenvolupar una tècnica que va ser un catalitzador per a la seva creativitat. Prenent com a referent les qualitats percutives del flamenc, les seves cançons s’enlairen entre delicades floritures i moments introspectius.

Perfeccionista en grau suprem, es va prendre el seu temps fins a publicar unes suggerents i emocionants cançons, amb una mirada folk que no té res a envejar a José González, Ben Howard o Damien Rice. La seva música, acústica i intimista, va superar el milió de reproduccions a Spoty amb el primer EP “Outside Things” (2014). Els seguidors van augmentar després de publicar el segon i tercer  EPs, “Breather” (2015) i “Heights” (2016), i penjar a YouTube unes “Live Sessions” que reflecteixen l’emotiva atmosfera del seu directe.

En el Festival Mil·lenni presentarà l’àlbum de debut “Lines”, una col·lecció de temes que sonen frescos i ja familiars. La connexió amb el flamenc, evident a “Long Grass” o “Own Speed”, segueix estant al fons però en la forma les cançons han guanyat personalitat. A més, recupera alguns dels temes favorits dels seus fans, com “Lights Off”, “Breathe” o “While You Are Young”, però en versions noves. També hi ha estrenes: el lirisme confident de “Minimum” o el rampell vocal d’“Answers”, pavimentant nous camins pel que serà la seva primera gran gira per Europa.