His voice was synonymous with independence and self-determination, one of integrity in the face of a Catalonian anti-authoritarian movement that chafed at his bilingualism; and of firmness against those proud, traditionalist Spaniards who in 1968 were hurt by his refusal to participate in Eurovision. Obviously, Joan Manuel Serrat never wore a turtleneck and Ray-Ban glasses, never smelled like teen spirit, nor did he end up hanging himself in a dreary Manchester apartment after listening to Iggy Pop. But inevitably, his fierce commitment to the defense of freedom did end up having an impact on multiple generations, tracing the path that independent folk has taken for the 30 years in our country (from Chencho Fernández to Maria Arnal i Marcel Bagés, from Lorena Álvarez to Antònia Font). In the summer of 1971, the Catalonian songwriter released his legendary Mediterráneo, an anarchic cry for freedom from creative and social oppression; an album that, despite it being boycotted by TVE and other mass media, ended up becoming a masterpiece of music sung in Spanish. In short, an album of intense songs infused with powerful lyrics with which Serrat sang to and celebrated vitality, life, death, the sea, the sun, and friendship. An appeal for resolute defiance that, on its 50th anniversary, has been revisited by Los Estanques, probably one of the contemporary psychedelic bands most capable of transmitting the spirit of those songs so close to the heart and to the earth. Settled in Madrid and influenced by groups like Soft Machine, Gong and Caravan, these devotees of the Canterbury sound have been garnering excellent reviews ever since the autonomous release of their first album, the lysergic Contiene Percal (2017). The challenge they undertook by reinterpreting Mediterráneo, song by song, and creating their own version of such a masterpiece, emerges as one of the most interesting works at this edition of Alhambra Monkey Week, especially when we take into account that they will not be alone, as they are doing so in collaboration with noted fellow artists Carlangas (Novedades Carminha), Dani Llamas (GAS Drummers), Miguelito García (Derby Motoreta’s Burrito Kachimba), Maria Rodés, guitarist Raúl Rodríguez, Annii B Sweet, Luis Regidor and the charismatic Rebe. Any questions? #folk
Thursday 18th, 23.30h. – Escenario Alhambra
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