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September 22, 2014

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David Mengual Free Spirits Big Band: Vertebrats

  • Musical and artistic direction: David Mengual
  • Original compositions and arrangements: Toni Vaquer
  • Choreographer: Juliette Louste
  • Dance: Juliette Louste and Tura Gómez
  • Art work and photography: Carles Roche
  • Double length album, 32 songs by David Mengual, Toni Vaquer, Jordi Mestres, Oriol Roca, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, and Johann Sebastian Bach.

    Mystery and opacity to the epic celebration, festive, intimate feel of Impressionism, the last work of David Mengual Free Spirits Big Band “Vertebrats”, is a musical and visual journey of shared sounds. The compositions comprise a small, original versions articulated in six suites that are born from the pen of Toni Vaquer, and interact with the dance and choreography Louste Juliette Gomez and Tura.

    After previous releases “Menta, diari sonor”, and “Univers Evans”, in “Vertebrats” the Free Spirits Big Band continues to promote improvisation and risk group with a very human statement. The big news is the natural incorporation of the language of contemporary dance orchestra. Two dancers interact as a first-class musician with the band to shape the work of the talented pianist Toni Vaquer, under the artistic and musical direction by David Mengual. “Vertebrats” involves the consolidation of Free Spirits in the ongoing research of a sound unique and different in the panorama of the Big Bands.

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    "From mystery and elusiveness to an epic sense of celebration, from intimism to impressionism, David Mengual Free Spirits Big Band's last work, Vertebrats", is a musical and visual trip of shared sounds. Built from small compositions, originals and versions, the trip converges in 6 suites born in the mind of Toni Vaquer. Vertebrats is anything but an empty name: it reminds us of a need of adaptation, of evolution, which is also a need to leave a trace, paleontological or discographical, from a body of work made by two symmetrical parts -in a certain way, this is what these suites really are. This need of evolution has become visible in live performances of the Big Band, where Julietee Louste's dance & choreography found a fertile terrain to grow."

    Aram Montagut

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  • Musical and artistic direction: David Mengual
  • Original compositions and arrangements: Toni Vaquer
  • Choreographer: Juliette Louste
  • Dance: Juliette Louste and Tura Gómez
  • PERSONNEL:

  • Alvar Monfort, Natsuko Sugao: trumpet and flugelhorn
  • Ivan Gonzalez: trumpet and French horn; Conducting in "Las crónicas de Saturno"
  • Joan Mas: alto sax
  • Miguel "Pintxo" Villar: alto and soprano sax
  • Gonzalo Levin: tenor sax and flute
  • Juan Saiz: flute (suites 3,5 and Toni Melassa)
  • Aram Montagut, Dario Garcia: trombone
  • Amaiur Gonzalez: tuba
  • Enric Peinado: guitar, cavaquinho
  • Lina Lomanto, Toni Vaquer: piano and Hammond
  • Alex Reviriego: double bass
  • Josema Martín, Oriol Roca: drums and percussion
  • OCTET

  • Roser Farré, Maria Ibáñez: violin
  • Alicia Domínguez: viola
  • Margarida Mariño: cello
  • Marcel.lí Bayer, Jordi Santanach: clarinet
  • Pau Domenech: bass clarinet
  • Alfonso Fernandez Vargas: bassoon
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