Palamós will host the fourth edition of the Cobla de Catalunya Festival, With the sound of cobla, from 4 to 8 August. It is the only event in the country dedicated to this musical formation and aims to “transgress” and present the instruments in “new formats” but without “losing sight” of their traditional origins.
As the main novelty of this year, the cobla will merge with the circus a Circus & Cobla. In this show, a co-production of the festival with the Fira Mediterrània de Manresa, the cobla will merge with the musical universe of Pep Pascual, who plays atypical instruments of this formation.
In addition, the festival will also feature performances by Petitet, who will merge cobla and rumba, and Pau Alabajos with the Cobla Bisbal Jove, who will reinterpret the themes of the Valencian singer-songwriter in the show To live. As part of the pandemic, the festival will take place in a single setting on Passeig de les Pites in the municipality of Baix Empordà, adopting all the necessary security measures.
The poster of the contest also has the performances of Pere Martínez, who together with the Cobla Marinada and Vicens Martín will present the show Light, songs, poems and struggle, with music of flamenco sounds and own arrangements of big band. Névoa will also perform with the Cobla de Farners, in such a way that cobla and fado will merge, and the Belgians Formiga and Cigale with the Principal de Tarragona, who will marinate cobla, violin and harp.
Adrià Bauzó, the festival’s artistic director, highlights the evolution of the cobla’s sound “for more than 150 years” to a “technical level” that allows it to merge with any sound. That is why he considers that the sound of the cobla “has everything modern that one is able to imagine or fuse”.
The Cobla Els Montgrins and the Principal de La Bisbal complete the line-up of this fourth edition of the festival, which will offer the twentieth concert on the Costa Brava, Memorial Ricard Viladesau, and the show We are Terres de l’Ebre, by the Cobla Ciutat d’Amposta, the first of its kind created in Terres de l’Ebre. All shows will be free for the public, although you must register in advance through the festival’s website.