I join to La Banda del Surdo company in 2003 participating in the co-creation of “Kabaré Boum-Boum ” and later as a musician in the show “Percussionante” until 2008.
Today working with them as advice and artistic direction in “Percussionante” and his latest show “Up surdo” 2010-2011.
Percussionante!, LA BANDA DEL SURDO’s show, is like a stroll through world rhythms and the imagination of the band members. But the passion the percussionists and dancers experience on stage and their total surrender to the audience makes it—better yet—a hypnotic voyage halfway between street theatre and a discotheque rave, between the most ingenious rock concert and the ¡AZÚUUCAR! of a carnival parade.
Percussionante!, a street performance that’s got percussion and rhythm as its main characters. Bass drums, goliaths (floor toms), beatboxes, rumberas, bells… The band’s repertoire includes African, Latin, or Flamenco themes plus its own creations. Afro, merengue, rumba, hip-hop, cachimbo… Any loud rhythm with high doses of good humour is an excellent excuse for spectators to quickly catch the energy that the musicians emit as they play.
LA BANDA DEL SURDO STOMPING THE STREET!
La Banda del Surdo transforms any space—streets, public squares, discotheques, concert halls, etc.—into a stage within a matter of seconds, without even using microphones! The percussionists, accompanied by their dancers-stilt walkers, go into the audience to draw in the street; their direct contact, our shared sweat, the emotion of the moment, the power of the drums, the beating of our hearts, the rhythm that calls us and moves us. Percussionante! is a purely versatile and adaptable show to all types of spaces and acts (parades, street theatre, concerts, festivals…).
La Banda del surdo has successfully participated in major music festivals and street theater of Catalonia and the rest of the country, and has international experience with performances in France, Italy, UK, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Russia, Romania, Switzerland and Norway. Also often collaborated in productions by other companies, among Cirque du Soleil, Comediants, La Fura dels Baus o Studio Festi
Among many other places, Percussionante! has been presented at:
– Internationale Kulturbörse Freiburg (Freiburg -Germany); 2012
– Spoffin Festival (Amersfoort – The Netherlands); 2011.
– Mysteryland (Harlemmermeer –The Netherlands); 2011.
– 36 Bardentreffen (Nürnberg –Germany); 2011.
– Sol y Fiesta (Leucate –France); 2011.
– Festival Mawazine (Rabat –Morroco); 2011.
– FiraTàrrega (Tàrrega –Spain); 2010.
– Festivalul International de Teatru (Sibiu –Romania); 2010.
– dlr Festival of World Cultures (Dún Laoghaire –Ireland); 2010.
– Braderie Bruntrutaine (Porrentruy –Switzerland); 2010.
– Fira Mediterrania (Manresa -Spain); 2009.
– B-FIT! in the Street –Festival International de Teatru de Strada (Bucarest -Romania); 2009.
– Itálica Festival Internacional de Danza (Sevilla -Spain); 2009.
– Festival Internacional de Teatro, Música y Danza (San Javier- Spain); 2009.
-Arkhangelsk Street Theatres Festival (Arkhangelsk -Russia); 2008.
– Expo Zaragoza 2008 (Zaragoza -Spain); 2008.
– Aste Nagusia –opening show (Donostia -Spain); 2008.
– Bidasoafolk (Hondarribia), 2008.
– Haizetara –Street Music International Contest (Amorebieta -Spain; Audience Award); 2007.
– Festival Urbaka (Limoges -France); 2007.
– Festival Pirineos Sur (Sallent de Gállego -Spain); 2006.
– Edinburgh’s Hogmanay (Scotland –United Kingdom); 2005.
– Fest’Arts (Libourne –France); 2004.
– Festival de Teatro de El Ejido (Almería -Spain); 2004.
– Bergenfest -Ole Blues Festival (Bergen –Norway); 2004.
– Festival Eclèctic (València -Spain); 2003.
– Festival Actual (Logroño –Spain); 2002.
– INJUVE Folk (Cartagena -Spain); 2002.
– Etnohelmántica (Salamanca -Spain); 2002.
– Festival Etnosur (Alcalá la Real -Spain); 2001.
– Festival Musicale del Mediterraneo (Genova -Italy); 2001.
– Festival Internacional Castillo de Aínsa (Huesca -Spain); 2001.
DISCOGRAPHY (“street” repertoire)
In the spring of 1999 La Banda del Surdo recorded the CD Percussionante!, in which the flamenco group Con Dos Cajones, guitarist Mario Vázquez, flamenco dancer Laura Guillén, and percussionist Enric Canada collaborated.
In the spring of 2005 they released a second demo CD Popderoque, including 5 audio tracks and 1 video clip.