The last Sunday´s Soppa Experience passed in jazz wibes. We started with presentation of the newest book “SER POBRE” (to be poor) by a Spanish native born Borja Monreal. Borja, writer and founder of Sic4change, has lived for more than ten years in different countries of Africa, working for the United Nations and other international organizations. In Being Poor he narrates through real stories, the implications of poverty and, above all, how we should think about it to end it. His presentation lead to a debate among people who shared their opinions and ideas. Visitors could buy his books and all collected money were dedicated to foundation CEAR.
The next special guest was Cosimo Montante from Italy. Clarinetist and musicologist who very active in the music scene of the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. On the occasion of the celebration of International Jazz Day, we played some songs and Cosimo told us a little about the history of this style of music. We learned about Dixieland, sometimes referred to as hot jazz or traditional jazz, is a style of jazz based on the music that developed in New Orleans at the start of the 20th century. Then Cosimo explained the period of Swing, how people, during the big crisis, wanted to listen something happy and rhythmical. Swing music has refined rhythm, its very good for dancing and is considered as an industrial one. One of the main representatives was Benny Goodman and many big bands. Then we were presented with french jazz manouche, which started in Paris around 1930. Cosimo couldn’t avoid one of the most famous and revolutionary type of jazz – bebop, which was established in New York City. He explained that many big band musicians switched to bebop, for example Charlie Parker.
At the end of his presentation he couldn’t avoid one of the most famous and most talented musician – Miles Davis, who recorded his famous track “A kind of blue” during one session. He canceled everything that was before in jazz.
Later years of brought cool jazz, with new types of music instruments and free jazz, that was liberating. But as Cosimo concluded, jazz has no limits and its still developing.
As usual, visitors could talk to the artists, get to know their work or even buy the original products. Little children were painting on the canvas prepared especially for them and for this occasion. For adults were prepared drinks with Martini and refreshments.
We are looking forward for the next month and for another edition of Soppa Experience!