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 (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.