The mountains of Andorra will resonate with jazz for the second consecutive summer with the music of Michel Portal, Al di Meola, the duo Andrea Motis & Marco Mezquida or the pianist Eliane Elias during the celebration of the 39th Andorra-Escaldes Engordany Jazz Festival , which will fill the Pyrenean country with proposals for eight days, from June 29 to July 6.
Michel Portal will open the festival with his show MP85 where he presents his first album in ten years of silence, followed the next day by the award-winning guitarist Al Di Meola, known among other things for the tour he did at just 26 years old with Paco de Lucía and John Mclaughlin. The next day, July 1, is reserved for Andrea Motis & Marco Mezquida, two artists who met in 2022 to engage in a fruitful musical dialogue. The bossa nova of the Brazilian pianist Eliane Elias will sound the next day, while Biréli Lagrène will close the round of evening concerts on July 5.
The concerts will be held in the Prat del Roure room with prices ranging between 15 and 20 euros, with the possibility of obtaining a subscription for all of them for 50 euros. In turn, the Plaza Dels Coprínceps and the Parc de la Mola will host the free performances, offered by artists such as Èlia Lucas and Kike Pérez Quintet, the Lucas Delgado Trio with Rita Payés and Juan Pastor, the Sant Andreu Dixie Band, the show Looking back by Geni Barry, or the proposal encounters by Daahoud Salim Quintet.
The concerts will be held in the Prat del Roure room with prices ranging between 15 and 20 euros, with a subscription of 50
The connection of the festival with the public will be extended thanks to the celebration on July 1 of the concert Tot celebrant Tete, coinciding with the double anniversary of the 25th anniversary of his death and the 90th anniversary of the godfather of the festival. A performance to which the Andorra Jazz Campus will be added, some meetings that will be held on the weekend of July 1 and 2 with the aim of bringing the invited artists closer to the music students of the principality, in an initiative that is open to the public .
Originally created in 1985, the festival disappeared in 2005 to come back to life in 2017 to commemorate the tenth anniversary of Tete Montoliu’s death. That year the activities of Jazz al carrer were recovered during the first half of July, as the first step for the recovery in 2022 of the complete program that took place in the 38th edition of the festival, with the performance of Ron Carter , Mario Biondi, Joan Chamorro or Sílvia Pérez Cruz among other artists.
The Cònsol Major of Escaldes, Rosa Gili, highlighted during the presentation of the festival that last year it could be celebrated “as it had been in its beginnings” and it worked very well, both for the Andorran and foreign public. A success that this year they want to repeat, attracting more visitors from both sides of the Pyrenees.