Its been a long time since I last posted, I have been doing a lot of moving around Barcelona, Joining in jam sessions all over the city and playing with friends in bars. At various jam sessions with Calle Sol and Manu Chao (who is a resident of Barcelona) I met a really nice guy who plays guitar rumba style along side Manu.
His name is Oscar ‘el Guiri’ de Barcelona. With a lot of energy and good positive vibes he bounces around Barcelona making music in the streets, tubes, trains and in concerts. A ‘guiri’ is a person from England in Spain, Oscar living all his life in Catalunya is not actually a ‘guiri’. Using language creatively he uses a lot of English phrases in his songs and just generally. I am an actual ‘guiri’ in Barcelona ‘La Guiri’ (the female version) and so we have joined forces and made our own duo Spectacular called ‘Los Guiris’.
We have performed two concerts and have been recording songs and building up our portfolio as a band. We also have a bass player that can play concerts with us and will slowly progress into a band of more people.
Here is a song we have recorded
We have set up our Youtube channel and are slowly adding tracks to it.. you can find us here Los Guiris Youtube Channel
And here is Oscars personal musical channel … Oscars Youtube Channel
We play a selections of songs and styles from Reggae to Rumba, and also some Flamenco, Gypsy and Ska. Oscar has written a lot of songs so we mainly play his songs, although we have also used some melodies and ideas I have written and turned them into new versions of the songs. One of which is Cool as Apples, here is a version I recorded in london with Giles Leonard
Ive also played this with The Spoken Herd. The Los Guiris live version is with me playing the clarinet as the lead instrument.
We also like finding interesting covers such as the family monster theme tune, or Mazel Tov a great well known Jewish ‘good luck’ song.
So thats it for now.. here are some photos and I hope you enjoy seeing what we have coming up.
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Ive had a bit of time off.. The gig I was preparing for in my last post was cancelled sadly, but will be happening soon so any House and Techno lovers in London – I will keep you posted.
So after that I still took my flight to Barcelona to see some of my much missed friends, who are also full time passionate musicians.
Los Made In Barcelona are one of the best Salsa, Reggae and Latin jazz bands I know ! They are originally from all corners of the earth and have come together in the essence of true music to make you dance 🙂
HAhaha – they are nutters ! Always so much fun and such original and kind people !
You can find Los Made In Barcelona on the Port Vell on the way to the Barceloneta beach in Barcelona.. Thursday to Sunday daytimes 12-5pm
To find them on Facebook click on the photo below:
Then with these lovely bunch we all went to see Pierre Minetti and Francois Viguie and more of their friends playing Live at the Apollo Barcelona with PLAYING FOR CHANGE. I had met these musicians 5 years ago at my first visit to Barcelona when Playing For Change was just releasing its first video – ‘Stand By Me’. Playing For Change is a foundation set up from one mans idea from when he was traveling to work everyday in New York. On his way to the recording studio to record Paul Simon, he noticed that himself and so many other people would stop and listen to the buskers. He said they always drew such a big crowd, were so talented and made him and everyone smile. He got the bright idea to record the street musicians and to bring the same equipment he would use in the studio but onto the street. So that is where it began, Mark Johnson recording all sorts of cultures and musicians and giving them the opportunity to record their great music! Now he has set up a brilliant foundation that has helped thousands of children and families in developing countries to access music and instruments. By building schools and music rooms and also promoting and presenting the world with the music from their streets. Using over 150 musicians who have recorded albums and music DVD’s to continue this growing foundation of PEACE THROUGH MUSIC.
So far the most successful music video on Youtube – STAND BY ME
and the most emotional Live performance ive ever heard!
Here are some photos I took during my trip and at the Apollo:
Los Made In Barcelona
caneck selling cd’s – one of the most important jobs in order to make a living!
1 for £10 , 2 for £15
Latin Jazz jam session Marrula Bar
Apollo pre gig.. acoustic gig
Acoustic gig in Apollo hall
Roberto Luti wowing us all!
Grandpa Elliot in admiration
Tula, Titi and Orbe
The final bow!
Me and Mark Johnson , after show drinks.