The musician and founder of Tradicionàrius, Jordi Fàbregas, dies at the age of 69

Jordi Fàbregas Canadell, musician and founder of the Center Artesà Tradicionàius, died this Thursday at the age of 69, according to sources at the ACN. Fàbregas has died of health problems that he had been suffering from for years. Fàbregas, who received the Creu de Sant Jordi in 2020, was one of the architects of the recovery of Catalan popular music, influenced from the beginning by the Sixteen Judges or Jacques Brel. He was also the founder of the Catalan song group Coses or the folk music group La Murga, among others. In 1988 he created the Tradicionàrius festival and in 1993 the Artisan Center. He also confused the group El Pont d’Arcalís, focused on disseminating the music and traditional song of the Pyrenees.

Fàbregas has been behind many cultural initiatives with music as a backdrop, such as the Saraus de Primavera festival or Mercè Folk. He was also part of the Vic Live Music Market and the Manresa Traditional Roots Show Fair.

In the facet of musician he composed dances of giants of different groups and participated in recordings of different groups from popular and traditional music. In addition to the Creu de Sant Jordi last year, he had also been recognized with the National Music Prize in 1991, the National Prize for Popular Culture in 1995 and the Barcelona Gold Medal in 2006.

The vigil for the remains of Jordi Fàbregas will take place on January 23 from 9.30 pm at the Funeral Home of Les Corts in Barcelona. The place of the ceremony will be in the Oratory of the Cortes.

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