MY POINT OF VIEW 17 (by Tatiana Sisquella)
Yes, I know, I know…it’s unforgivable, not a word of explanation or anything. In fact, I’ve been so bad about it that one day in the not too distant future I’ll try to explain, or even to justify, my 3-week absence…but, not today.
Today I want to talk to you about music, because Barcelona, like every big city that’s ¨in¨, is a town that is overflowing with music festivals, especially whenever there’s a chance of holding them in the open air. We have the ¨Sonar¨, we have the ¨Primavera Sound¨, the ¨Summercase¨, the ¨Electronic Weekend¨…we have loads of them. Another thing is that all the concerts I’ve just mentioned have a lot of points in common:
1. Electronic music as an indispensable ingredient.
2. Plenty of modern, beautiful, alternative people with more than a few bob in their pockets.
3. Names of groups that are unpronounceable by mere mortals like me who are not well up in the matter*.
*I have a theory in fact that they make the names so complicated so that only the initiated can go, like a sort of special lobby-group. If you don’t know how to pronounce the name of the group properly, you can’t buy the ticket. If you don't have a ticket, you can’t go to the concert and get to know the group… and that’s how the vicious circle starts.
And since all in all the whole business leaves me pretty cold and, what’s more, these people spend so much cash on publicity that no doubt many of you have come to Barcelona just to go and see one of the groups I’m talking about, let me make you another recommendation.
It’s also for music, but that’s about all that the two events have in common. I suggest that if you have a little bit of free time one night you should call in at the Harlem Jazz Club (at C/. Comtessa de Sobradiel, no.8) to enjoy one of the ¨jam session ¨concerts that are on there until the 24th of the month. This is one of many concerts included in the 19th Jazz and Creative Music Festival held in the Ciutat Vella district in the centre of Barcelona. The price is good, it’s good to be at, and the music is even better.
QUESTION: Why Barcelona?
ANSWER: Because if you want the ¨Sonar¨, you can always go to the ¨Sonar¨, too.