On the 27th and the 28th of September, Shay from the Gazette Life Team went to see Gigi Cifarelli.

And what a night it was.

Here in Lanzarote, the chances of seeing an accomplished Jazz musician perform are pretty slim. We rarely see an occasion such as this, with a five-course meal and a concert after in an intimate venue. I can count on one hand, the amount of times I’ve seen a Jazz musician come to Lanzarote in my four years of living here. As you can imagine, I was ecstatic when the poster for the concert popped up on my phone screen.

The concert was held in an intimate hall in the Princesa Yaiza Hotel, Playa Blanca. Having the concert in Playa Blanca was an added bonus also, as I live there and wouldn’t need to trek up to Arrecife for it.

Having pre-booked over the phone, it was as easy as walking into the Princesa Yaiza Hotel lobby and into Guest Relations. With payments made, we were given our tickets and walked down to the exterior of the venue.

We were greeted with complimentary champagne whilst we waited for the starters to be ready.

Knowing that it was going to be 5-courses, I was expecting to be presented with tiny portions on huge plates. In fact, it was the opposite!

The courses were as follows:

Starter – Mixed Lettuce, Mango, Feta Cheese And Beetroot Sauce
Fish Course – Sea Bass With Sautéed Vegetables And Piquillo Pepper Emulsion
Sorbet – Mojito Sorbet
Meat Course – Ham Hock With Mashed Sweet Potato And Pumpkin Chutney
Dessert – Chocolate And Hazelnut Praline

I think it goes without saying, that, it was all delicious!

As soon as the dessert plates were taken away, the musicians took to the stage: Gigi Cifarelli, Yazan Greselin and Matteo Frigerio.

An hour-long spectacle of Musicians in their element. Multiple Jazz classics were performed, along with Cifarelli’s renditions of popular music, such as Yesterday by the Beatles. It’s impossible to describe in words how special the night was, although the venue was small, if anything it added to the intimacy of the music.

Thanks to: Gigi Cifarelli, Yazan Greselin and Matteo Frigerio for coming to Lanzarote and performing.

Special thanks to The Princesa Yaiza for organising the event. We hope to see more concerts organised by you!

Click the video below, to see a short clip from the event.

For a link to Gigi’s page, click here.

For a link to The Princesa Yaiza’s page, click here.