The 52nd Pollença Festival

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As it did in its new turn of its last edition, the 52nd Pollença Festival, under Joan Valent’s direction, wants to maintain its tradition to understand music and culture as a single inclusive element that helps create a better society and at the same time the festival will also include new disciplines in this edition. Pollença is intended to be, over summer 2013, the cultural core of the islands, where different artistic expressions interrelate: music, visual arts, cinema and literature.

As always, the core of the Festival will be music. There will be eight music events of different styles, arising from the most contemporaneous (cinema music by Fernando Velázquez, for example) to Baroque style with the Concerto de’ Cavalieri, as well as classic repertoire performances by the Resident Orchestra at the Festival, The World Orchestra, who will perform from 13th to 27th August.

The Festival still wants to be a multidisciplinary one. Therefore, it will also include this year the literary section under the subject “Literature and War” with the presence of leading figures in the field of international literature and the support of the University of the Balearic Islands. There will also be the cinematographic section (open air cinema sessions with the presence of characters involved in the films), the popular culture (Music in the Street) or the visual arts.

This way, the Festival wants to become an essential cultural event this summer in Mallorca. Besides, it also seeks to be not only a defined cultural activity programme for Pollença citizens and residents but also to enjoy inhabitants and visitors’ complicity to revert the cultural benefits of hosting such a Festival in Pollença.

Joan Valent, artistic director

Joan Valent

Joan Valent (Palma, 1964), Mallorcan composer, musical forms with studies of cello, piano, analysis, composition and conducting, in Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona and Los Angeles. 

In 1987 he premiered his first work to Mort a la paraula for piano, violin, clarinet and mezzo-soprano. In Barcelona extended studies with composers Carles Guinovart, Joan and David Padrós Guinjoan. Attends classes in composition, musical analysis, orchestration and instrumentation, as well as cello, piano and conducting. In this period premiere works Proporcions Litogràfiques (String Quartet), Peça per (Orchestra), Wind Dancers (Orchestra), String Quartets 1 and 2 (String Quartet), Lacrimae (duet cellos), Kose (Solo Cello), among others.

Soon after, he moved to Los Angeles (California), makes classical composition courses, Film Scoring and conducting at the University of Los Angeles (UCLA), under the tutelage of composer Aurelio de la Vega, professor of composition at Nordrighe University (CSUN). During his stay, he received various commissions of various orchestras and chamber groups.

In 1993 begins to release their works around the world. That same year, he was commissioned to Michael Douglas for the creation and premiere of Fugir del segle (issued TVE). During this period premiere works as Passio et Mors (orchestra), Quartets 3, 4, 5º (String Quartet), Metallum Ballenae (Six percussionists symphonic) Neptú i l’infant no nat (Solo Percussion + electronics), Fugir del segle (Soprano, narrator and orchestra), Deposits (Four Quartets + electronics), and Desideratum (String Orchestra). 

Moreover, given the task of the Balearic Government of a cantata for soloists, chorus and orchestra, other orders of the Miro Foundation, Barbara Ronte (Cello); of the Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Sa Nostra; of Elche Orchestra, the Orchestra of Dobrich (Bulgaria).
Also began his collaboration as a symphonic composer and arranger with artists from other genres: Luis Eduardo Aute, Luz Casal, Pedro Guerra, Amancio Prada, José Antonio Ramos, Tam Tam Go, Stephan Micus, Bunbury, Malcolm Scarpa, Pablo Guerrero, The Panchos, Suso Saiz, Maria del Mar Bonet, Montserrat Caballé and Joan Manuel Serrat. During this period produced works such as Hastula Regia (vocals, percussion and strings), In Memoriam (Steel Drum + string), Europe (Solo violin), String Islands (String Orchestra), Sarrià (Voice + string), L’Evangeli Segons un de tants (orchestra + chorus + solo), Mort d’un poeta (Cello Concerto), Homes, Cavalls i Bous (Percussion Vocal + cord), Concerto for timple and orchestra (soloist Timple + Orchestra), and Suite Mararía (Orchestra).

In 1996 he settled in Madrid. Orders come from different orchestras in the world, and founded the group Ars Ensemble, with whom he recorded the album live Ars (Iberautor). Start writing music for cinema productions as Super agents in Mallorca, Delusions of Love, The Conductor; Mararía, Arian’s Journey, Maribel Marry Me, Too Love, and Killer housewives.

From the Ars Album release (December 2000), began to direct his being nominated for The Music Awards (in the category of new music), and participating in various National and International Festivals: Week Author (Madrid ), New Music at the City Museum (Madrid), Midem (Cannes, France), New Music Festival (Burgos), La Mar de Músicas (Cartagena), International Festival of Rimini (Italy), Festival of Castles (Teruel ), II International Jazz Festival (Galapagar-Madrid) Mercat de Música Viva de Vic (Barcelona), Valencia, León, Murcia... In June 2001, musician David Byrne included in his tour of Spain and Portugal its direct string sextet Ars Ensemble.

Following his role as arranger and composer, recorded with Ars Ensemble’s latest album Maria del Mar Bonet: Raixa (World Muxxic), in addition to recording five concerts (from 25 to 30 July 2001 in the Plaza del Rei de Barcelona). For this work gets the award for Best Folk Album and Best Album in Catalan, as well as a nomination for Best Arranger in the Sixth Edition of the Music Awards (May 2002). On April 30, 2002 goes on sale Ensems his new album (World Muxxic). Also published in Belgium, where he participated in the XXVII edition of the prestigious Festival Sfinks and the Netherlands.

Music composed innovative dance show Troya Siglo XXI, which live classical dance, contemporary and flamenco, represented by Rafael Amargo, María Jiménez and Dance Theatre Company of Turin, which opens in the editing XLVIII Festival of Classical Theatre, and during the summer of 2002 is depicted in different scenarios (Santander Festival, Festival of Las Palmas, Salamanca 2002, etc.), with Joan Valent & Ars Ensemble playing the music live. At that time he also composes music for theater play Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare.

Since 2002 until today, has made several releases of symphonic music, choral and instrumental. We highlight 4 CD productions with Montserrat Caballé (two of these albums, won a Grammy Award).

At the same time continuing to carry out different soundtracks for movies like: Pablo G. del Amo, El viatge vertical, La bicicleta, La Caixa, Serrallonga, El cònsol de Sodoma... It also publishes a DVD of his violin concerto Les Quatre estacions a Mallorca, a CD with works for violin, piano + electronics, Insula Poètica, music creation for the ballet Voleu for the company Fullaraca Dansa, Carmen ballet for the company of Sara Baras, and many other recording and production for different arrangements of pop, classical and flamenco.

During 2010 we can highlight some projects such as: How much does your building weigh, Mr Foster? (Documentary), La Riera (Serie TV3), Cántame (RTVE Musical), and Un Baccio a Roma (Documentary).

He was appointed Artistic Director of Pollença Festival in 2012. He started a comprehensive change project to modify its objectives and content and expanding traditional activities, music concerts with other disciplines such as literature, cinema or visual arts. In this new context, leading figures in the contemporary artistic creation such as Michael Nyman, Donna Leon, The World Orchestra, among others, are invited to the Festival. As part of the opening of the Festival, his Foster Symphony world premiere will be held.

After that, he was invited to conduct his own pieces with the Miami Symphony and presented his work in New York together with Ars Ensemble.

He was also invited to take part in the Hay Festival in Cartagena de Indias (Colombia) for the first time, where he created music to combine with literature.

It is also worth highlighting his musical direction in Ay Carmela, el musical, adaptation of Sanchis Sinisterra’s play, the premiere of which took place in Madrid in April 2013.

As a soundtrack composer, he has carried out the following during the 2013: El Cosmonauta (The Cosmonaut) by Nicolás Alcalá, Temperamentos by Santiago Taberneros and Las brujas de Zugarramurdi (Witching and Bitching) by Álex de la Iglesia.