Jaime del Blanco – Barcelona, fiddlers in 1940s

In the 1940s fox-trot was the most popular dance in Barcelona, whose rhythms captivated young people who needed to catch their breath after the pain of the civil war. Moreover, catalan musicians, influenced by hot rhythms and jazz and central european gypsy genres, created their own original music.

In order to remember the importance of this period and its musicians, many of them fiddlers, we’re going to work on their music language learning and playing some of the most important songs of this genre.

 

JAIME DEL BLANCO PÁEZ

Born in 1978, Montornès del Vallès, begins his musical studies at the age of five in Granollers. In 2003 he finished his studies and obtains the grade in Violin and Chamber Music at Liceu’s Conservatory. In 1999 enters the CNR from Perpignan and begins studies of jazz and improvisation with Alexander Augé, sometime later, he had the opportunity of receive the teaching of Didier Lockwood, Jean Luc Ponty, Mark O’Connor, Gilles Apap, Christian Howes and Darol Anger. During the academic year of 2008-2009 assists a cours professionnel of CMDL.

Collaborates with various Catalonian simphonic and chamber orchestras. He forms a duet with Paul Stouthamer, participates in Cordes del Món and Eclectic Colour Orchestra projects. He also has the chance of work whith Jordi Bonell, Agujetas Chico, Lax’n’Busto, Dr. Calypso, Aupa Quartet, Muchachito, Dorantes, Renaud Garcia-Fons, Kiko Veneno. In 2004 begins a doctoral thesis about violinists in Barcelona’s first half of the 20th century, and co-foundates the Associació Manén. From 1997 works within the education field in diferents music schools and nowadays is teaching Violin-jazz at ESEM Taller de Músics.