My first night at the festival I was told that if I wanted to hear the real down home Catalan music, the place to be was the Taverna, a tent performance space in the center of town. Throughout the festival that held true, but the first night deviated in that there was a competition of four young local bands. There was a jazz ensemble, a folk big band, an a capella group all performing traditionally based music, and ......this, which sent me spiraling into the Catalan Twilight Zone. In a good way. The shawm-like instruments being played are gralles (pronounced GRAI-yas) and they are most closely associated with that other unique Catalan pursuit, the building of human pyramids. Yes, when they build one of those there is always gralle music. But I doubt that it's ever Waka Waka.
Anyway, these guys are absolute charmers, and they won the contest. I think they should be playing at every soccer game half time in Spain.
The sound of the drum was so loud that it shook the floor. That's why frequenty the camera loses focus, as the monopod and tripod reacted to the floor vibrations. Nothing I could do about it.....(that and the spotlights also drove me mad, but hey, that's guerilla vlogging for ya.)
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