Last week saw Lanzarote welcomed some of Spain’s brightest jazz musicians and upcoming talents to perform at the Teatro Víctor Fernández Gopar in Arrecife. The special evening was filled to the brim with exciting renditions of jazz classics and some original songs too.
The last time I had been to a jazz concert in Lanzarote must have been nearly 2 years ago, when we reported on Gigi Cifarelli’s concert at the Princesa Yaiza in Playa Blanca. It was refreshing to go out and do something “normal”, after a year and a half of Covid restrictions and cancelled events.
A night of musicians in their element, playing the music they love and sharing it with the audience -if there’s one thing that can totally change your month, it’s live music.
The group had assembled some of the most popular jazz artists in Spain. The five core members: Andrea Motis, Joan Chamorro, Esteve Pi, Jose Alberto Medina and Christoph Mallinger remained on stage for the whole night.
There was a mix of abilities and talents on stage, Joan Chamorro being the most experienced. His famous jazz school in Spain has helped many artists make their way through the ranks, eventually releasing their own albums with him; most notably his partner on stage, Andrea Motis.
They were later joined by graduate Elia Bastida and the Canary Island’s very own up-and coming-star Gabriela Suárez.
Shortly after being seated, the lights dimmed and the musicians took to the stage. The roaring sounds of trumpet and drums filled the theatre almost instantly; with Motis’ vocals slicing through the instrumentals.
Gabriela Suárez had her time to shine as the band left the stage momentarily to allow her to perform a song from her new album “Moonlight in Vermont”, alongside Motis and Medina.
Going to live music events is one of the best ways to find and experience new music. You simply don’t get the same level of passion and exuberance on a studio album as you would watching an artist perform live.
We look forward to reporting on more concerts and events as they come.
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