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Early registration at Escola de Música i Dansa

foto 2021 preinscripcio escola de musica i dansaThe Formentera Department of Education is pleased to report that islanders keen to begin studies at the Escola de Música i Dansa de Formentera (Formentera School of Music and Dance, EMDF) can now complete early registration, while returning students can re-enrol from today. Applications will be accepted via the OVAC until 22 June.

EMDF staff will phone incoming students in September to complete the registration process or schedule an entrance exam, as the case may be.

For inquiries, contact escolamusica@conselldeformentera.cat or visit the EMDF website.

Education and culture chief Susana Labrador urged islanders to take advantage of music and dance classes she described as “educational and fun”. A video produced by local government and spotlighting the EMDF’s instructional offering will also be shared on social media.

The following courses will be offered:

Music (accredited; 8 and up)
Instruments: transverse flute, guitar, piano, trumpet and clarinet.

Music (non-accredited; 8 and up)
Instruments: transverse flute, piccolo, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, bass saxhorn and tuba.

Traditional music workshop (4 and up)
Local folk instruments: tambour, castanets and flute. Four levels: Initiation I and II and Continuation I and II.

Initiation to music (5-8 years old)
A first look at instruments and basic music theory through songs and games... for children aged 5 to 8.

Professional-track self-study
Based on student needs (students must submit proof of completion of elementary-level course from an accredited music school or conservatory).

Folk guitar workshop
Learn how to accompany other musicians with chords.

Formentera Polyphonic Choir
Free activity for all those interested in music regardless of previous schooling. Ninety minutes per week.

Music band
Mainly wind instruments. Course consists of one weekly group lesson by instrument, one weekly lesson of targeted music theory (barring previous studies) and a one-hour band rehearsal.

Accredited dance studies (8 and up)
Four-year elementary dance programmes centred on classical dance, danza española or music.

Non-accredited dance studies
-Modern dance
-Initiation to dance (3-8 years old)
-Flamenco workshop

Course offering may change based on 2021-2022 public health measures pending approval by the Balearic ministry of education and vocational training.

1 June 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

‘Ajuntament Vell’ welcomes Julie Aubrun’s ‘Mi ciudadela’

cartell 2021 julie aubrunThe Formentera Department of Culture reports that Monday 31 May at 6.00pm, the “Ajuntament Vell” gallery will host the opening of Julie Aubrun’s “Mi ciudadela”. Described by the artist as “a dialogue between dance and painting”, the exhibition has at its core the metaphor of the human body as “citadel” and its immanent energies, soldiers labouring in its defence. Graphically, Aubrun plays with realism and the abstract, emptiness and textures, to symbolise transparency and the invisible. Her paintings give vent to the delicacy of bodies which are both extremely fragile and an impassable wall.

A native of Nancy (France), Julie Aubrun is an author and illustrator. She studied art and visual communication in Paris. She has lived on Formentera since 2012, and her work is entirely inspired by the island.

The exhibition’s nineteen works in mixed media on paper can be seen at the “Ajuntament Vell” from 1 to 12 June 2021, Monday to Saturday from 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm (the gallery closes Sundays and Monday mornings).

28 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Xico Castelló presents “Parlem de falutxos, balandres i pailebots”

cartell 2021 xico castelloThursday 3 June, Formentera will welcome Xico Castelló Ribas for an 8.00pm presentation of Parlem de falutxos, balandres i pailebots–Un petit repàs d’una època no massa llunyana (Feluccas, sloops and sailboats–A short survey of a scarcely distant past; Mediterrànea). The presentation will be moderated by local heritage chief Raquel Guasch and attended by the author, publisher Miquel Costa and Marcos Marí, from Trasmapi. The event will be held at the restaurant La Bocana in the Port of La Savina.

In Parlem de falutxos..., Xico Castelló, a skipper for the Merchant Navy and captain of high-speed vessels on the Eivissa-Formentera line, offers a partial survey of the maritime history of the Pine Islands, including brief descriptions and personal drawings of varying types of boats that sailed the waters of Eivissa and Formentera from the late nineteenth to mid-twentieth century.

27 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

‘Palma Brass’ quintet plays Formentera

cartell 2021 palma brassThe Formentera Department of Culture is pleased to report that from 8.00pm on Friday 4 June, Sant Francesc’s sa Senieta will welcome a performance from “Palma Brass” — an ensemble of seasoned professional brass musicians from the Balearic Symphonic Orchestra and the city of Palma’s municipal band that set about, in 2018, filling what they saw as a void in the musical scene.

Organisers say Palma Brass concerts span originals and new arrangements of the better-known entries in the classical and modern repertories. No reservations are required and admission is free. Capacity will be limited.

With their latest project, “Musical Journey from the Old World to the New”, the group underscore the versatility of the brass quintet format as they tackle classics from three of Italian music’s leading lights: Verdi, Puccini and Rossini. In “New World”, listeners are plunged into the stark contrast of the Wild West with a fanfare for brass by the American great, Eric Ewazen. The group bids farewell to the courtyard crowd at sa Senieta with a tribute to one of contemporary Latin music’s most celebrated figures. The group tackle plethoric Latin rhythms and Cuban jazz in what is perhaps the toughest four-piece adaptation of Grammy Award-winning Cuban composer Paquito de Rivera.

Palma Brass is Samuel García and Jaume Blázquez on trumpets, José Fortea on horn, Jean Christoph Brunet on trombone and Tobias Isern on tuba.

26 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Sant Ferran hosts Mostra de Músics last weekend in May

cartell 2021 mostra musicsThe Department of Culture reports that from 6.00pm on Saturday and Sunday, 29 and 30 May, local musicians will take to the steps of the Sant Ferran church to offer Formentera’s very first Mostra de Músics.

The two-night programme starts Saturday with Pez Sonora + PerSona, Emi Bueno, Yakari & Marie Connery Quartet and DJ Gioele Brizio + DJ Clint Zero, closing Sunday with Óscar & Friends, Erik Doornweerd, Sur and Foc i Fum.

Culture chief Susana Labrador said the show, which was originally scheduled to take place in December, was presented by Formentera Musical, a cultural entity formed in 2020 with the aim of enriching the local music scene, protecting the role of artists and technicians and fostering inter-island cultural exchange. Labrador described the Consell’s backing for the initiative as the “latest example of local government’s longstanding support for homespun cultural initiatives” and “particularly relevant today given hard times brought on by the pandemic”.

Pez Sonora with PerSona
Singer-songwriter and multidisciplinary artist Paz Aguado will open the bill at 6.00pm, Saturday 29 May, with a unique combination of musical creation and visual arts. With Aguado’s guitar and voice and stage companions Juanjo Rodríguez (guitar, bass) and Dario Fusco (drums), Pez Sonora blend vital, intimate poetry and eclectic folk-rock, setting dot-connecting lyrics to magic that moves through the seasons of paradise.

Accompanying Pez Sonora is PerSona, a musical project enfolding the wide-ranging musical facets of multi-instrumentalist Paul Castejón. On his début studio effort, Castejón offers sounds oscillating between the organic and the eclectic, with an undercurrent of jazz, ethnic overtones and an ambient inebriation steeped in the exotic drone of progressive music. Incorporating instrumental pieces and songs in different languages which unravel the deep rhetoric of existence, PerSona represent the convergence of the philosophy of technological sound with the expression of mysticism.

Emi Bueno
Emi Bueno’s quartet leads listeners down a gurgling stream of Latin melodies with a subtlety and joy that will be well matched by local performers.

Yakari & Marie Connery Quartet
Greeting audiences from 8.00pm are Nuno Alvez on trumpet, Julien Cantonné on piano, Edgar Vilamajó on drums and Mariano Menteguiaga on bass. The band of hometown players got together last winter, intent on recreating the foundational moments of jazz-funk and resuscitating greats like Miles Davis, Billi Cobhan, Herbie Hancock. With a one-off lineup featuring Isaac Robles on electric guitar and the voice of Maya Porter to channel Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin and Sam Cooke, the group bring groove and raw talent to the people of Formentera.

DJ Gioele & DJ Clint Zero
Closing out the night on Saturday are DJ Gioele Brizio and DJ Clint Zero. A DJ since 1993, Gioele produced, together with Moba Sound, remixes for artists such as Milesart Orchestra (Look at you), Mystic Diversiones (Energy Production), Oscar P (Media Services Nyc), DNA (Cool: Division) and Dom Scott (Perception Music). Clint Zero is a New York City DJ based on Formentera, his style an eclectic blend.

Oscar & Friends
Opening duties on Sunday the 18th will be seen to by African percussion group Oscar & Friends.

Erik Doornweerd
Indonesian-born, Netherlands-raised and Formentera-based Erik Doornweerd will take the stage at 7.00pm. Doornweerd’s track record includes a gig aboard the legendary Joven Dolores and 25 years coordinating musicians, storytellers, jugglers, magicians, dancers and more for open-mic performances at the mercat in La Mola. On guitar, lap-slide, harmonicas and five-string banjo, Doornweerd will bring to life a repertoire of rock, folk, country and blues.

Next up it’s Formentera’s own “acoustic power” act, Sur. Dani Alcoba (vocals-guitar), Manu Velázquez (drums), Gustavo Moraes (lead guitar) and Maxi Ratton (bass) play a setlist of originals and covers.

Foc i Fum
Wrapping up the weekend are a rock ‘n’ roll outfit formed by Joan Garciolo Torres on bass, Fabian Mayans on drums, and Maya Porter and Isaac Robles on vocals.

20 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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