MARTA URZAIZ PRESENTS
with original works of Gerard Pastor
Femina Feminae is a project born during confinement by the Covid-19. What we have seen in Catalonia in recent months is that the creators have redirected canceled concerts and projects in a very remarkable creative torrent. This is the case of the composer Gerard Pastor, who explored the possibilities of the only instrument and instrumentalist with whom he could make music at home day after day: the clarinet of Marta Urzaiz. IInspired by very particular conditions, two new works for clarinet and piano were born: Femina Feminae and the Imaginary Dances.
This album is the outcome of the musical journey in which I have been immersed these recent months. It personally symbolises taking an important step as a clarinetist, as an artist. It’s the result of a personal and musical journey after a long learning process, many experiences and lots of effort and dedication.
It isn’t a coincidence that I interpreted these pieces in my first project. Both “Femina Feminae” and “Danses Imaginàries” allow me to connect and discover myself. They awaken both feelings of delicacy and intensity in me. Fun, plenitude, tenderness, freedom, mystery, magic, depth or euphoria. These are personal records that I have been able to delve into due to such music. I wish that as you listen to this album, you can feel and discover the same as I.
This is undoubtedly my most personal piece of work till this date. I’ve centred the last few years in composing music for films, interactive books and theme parks. In a natural way, it’s where my tonal language has found some sense in this 21st century. A meaning that goes beyond my personal enjoyment and that has to do with connecting with other people through music.
But lately, I’ve been having a feeling that certain languages considered obsolete are coming back. And when I present pieces like this, they aren’t rejected because of their tonal essence, as I witnessed a few years back in some academic environments. This frees us composers and it allows us to create a range of possibilities like never before. Adding authors like Debussy, Stravinsky, Falla or Toldrà as referents for an actual language. Don’t you find it fascinating?
The possibilities for writing great music are endless. It is not necessary to search for a musical language that becomes too experimental and difficult for a wide audience to understand, even for the performers themselves.
Gerard Pastor demonstrates this again with his works "Femina Feminae" and "Danses Imaginàries" for clarinet and piano. His language is rich, emotional, and explanatory, sometimes thoughtful, sometimes funny.
Therefore, with the soul of a true musician, clarinetist Marta Urzaiz can make the contents and messages of this music her own, with her own voice, character, and instrumental competence.
TOBIAS GOSSMANN, violinist & conductor
AND OUR BAKERS
Sabadell més música, María José Zamora, Miguel Ángel Urzaiz, Javier Zamora, Conxi López, Ferran Cullell, Jordi Soldevila, Família Mas Mestre, Paulí Peña, Sebastian Martínez, Cristina Matrero, Alexandra Matrero, Arnau Pallarès, Laia Serra, Família Doben Moliner, Eduard Coll, Daisuke Takegami, Paco Pérez, Guillem Viñas, Família Kraft Bofarull, Iñaki de Miguel Díaz, Laura Domínguez, Miquel Felip, Neus Trepat, Núria Carol, Núria Casadó, Patrick Valls, Pol Abellan, Ramon Casanova, Josep Durbán, Samir Kanaan, Maria Amorós, Imma Trepat, Xavi i Jana Vázquez, Àngels Vicent, Montse Soques, Adri Mena, Marga Hernández, Familia Hürlimann-López, Mercè Alonso, Mª Carmen Romeo, Joan Roy, www.albirea.es, Xisco Amengual, Montserrat Meneses, Marc Donat, Laia Seró, Xavi Hernández, Marina Bofarull, Miquel Villalba, Roger Tarrés, Anna Garcés, Jaume Palomar, Manel Martí, Alicia Urzaiz, Jucinara Schena, Víctor Casado, Montserrat Margalef, Jordi Campoy, Mercè Bruguera, Dion Baillargeon, Albert Benseny, Carolina Alabau, Isolda Juncosa, Miquel Tejada, Judith Barros, Joan-Ramon Company, Gerard Montsech, Sergio Álvarez, Mercè Navarro, Itziar Lienas, Albert Pastor, Andrea Garcia, Gabriel Robles, Sandra Sancho, Dídac Jorques, Alejandro López Amado, Adri Sanlas, Laura Sànchez, Eloi Montoliu, Alejandro López Carratalá, Joan Bosch, Josep Viana, Daniel Busquets, Alessandra Daunis, Albert Crehueras, Núria Getan, Txell Puig, Andreu Banegas, Miquel Teruel, Olga Rodríguez, Judith Morales, Família Velasco Llantada, Rosa Maria Suau, Fàtima Gómez.