Bands

KC OCTET & JULI AYMÍ

KC OCTET project founded in 2014, written and led by the saxophonist Pol Prats, is the meeting point of 8 musicians in Barcelona,  throughout his musical career participated and led various groups involved in all th styles that converged in Kansas City in the ’30s.

Kansas City, 30s. The major orchestras of the swing era, which have occupied the stage of the great ballrooms of cities like New York the entire decade of ’20, gave relief to a new generation of small clubs where live music and not stop dancing until the wee hours of the morning. Musicians as renowned as Lester Young, Big Joe Turner, Mary Lou Williams, Coleman Hawkins, Count Basie merged together in a city that is ready to change the course of the last century’s most influential music, the jazz.

The project has a strong rhythm section of four musicians, an elegant section of 3 winds and a female voice that seek to offer a very styilish live and a homage to these great figures of style. A night where music and dancing hopefully never stops.

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BARCELONA JAZZ ORQUESTRA

The Barcelona Jazz Orquestra –Barcelona’s international big band- directed by Dani Alonso, is made up by some of the best jazz specialists in Catalonia. Considered as one of the best big bands in Europe, they regularly perform in prestigious festivals accompanying big names such as Benny Golson, FrankWess, Ann Hampton Callaway and Tony Hadley.

They have recorded with Phil Woods, Nicholas Payton and Jesse Davis as special guests and they are about to release their fourth album -a tribute to Dizzy Gillespie, with the collaboration of Jon Faddis. BJO regularly performs at the legendary Apolo concert hall with a repertoire of jazz and swing that transforms the room known as Paral·lel Savoy in Barcelona.

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SWING SHOT

Swing Shots is a very recent project, created at the end of 2014, and integrated of jazz musicians with a long distance formation in modern music schools like Taller de Musics among others. Its members have a prolific career in the jazz and swing scene, and other styles, such as Nil Mujal, part of various projects, including “Strombers”; also the singer and saxophonist Eva Fernández, who has been part of unique and original projects, like the “Sant Andreu Jazz Band” by Joan Chamorro, and that was part of the Costa Brava Swim Out 2014 together with the “Helzapoppin ‘group “.

Swing Shots is characterized by its tempos perfectly adapted to Lindy Hop dancers, a clean and energetic sound, and for being one of the few bands that make versions of mythical group choreographies as the Shim Sham and the Big Apple.

Nil Mujal: tenor and soprano sax
Eva Fernández Blanco: alto and soprano sax, and voice
Toni Saigi: piano
Pedro Campos: bass
Roger Gutiérrez: drums

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GUILLEM ROMA

Guillem Roma does not stop spreading the optimistic energy of his nomadic music. An original proposal through the musical wealth, songs with personality and freshness that lead us traveling among the sounds and magic of this world.

Established in Catalonia, his travel experiences seep into the work of the musician. His songs give off critic energy and optimistic sounds moving from Mexico to the Balkans. With more than 55 concerts, Mexican tour, festivals, concerts in San Francisco, Boston and a loyal audience, the musician has been consolidated with the last album “Nomades” (self-edited 2014), a journey that explores the artist and eclectic universe in the magic of his songs. Accompanied by the Camping Band Orchestra, they have traveled more than 100 scenarios and festivals like FIMPT, Portal Blau, the Barcelona Auditorium … Music to sing, dance and listen to connect us with the nomadic within us!

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