The paradise island of Formentera, epicentre of jazz music in the Mediterranean.

The paradise island of Formentera, epicentre of jazz music in the Mediterranean.

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First edition of Formentera Jazz Festival will take place on the 5th, 6th and 7th of June.

From 5th to 7th June, the pristine paradise that is Formentera will host the first edition of the Formentera Jazz Festival.



Located in a privileged corner of the Mediterranean, throughout its history, the smallest island of the Pitiusas has always been the subject of many legends, both in novels written by renowned authors (such as Jules Verne, among others) and was visited by major artists during their passage through this corner of the Balearic Islands (Bob Dylan, Gilberto Gil, Pink Floyd and Bob Marley during the 60’s and 70’s). No wonder that this sublime environment was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999!

With the support of the Island Council, and based on the initiative of the musician (ex-member of the legendary Ojos de Brujo) and cultural producer Maxwell Moya, raised in Formentera and now teacher at the Berklee College of Music, the festival was born as a unique musical space in one place and with the elegance and freedom that jazz music embodies. 


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Plaça de Sant Francesc, Cine de Sant Francesc and the Blue Bar (Platja Migjorn) will be the venues of the festival activities. 

The kick-off for the 3 days of concerts and activities for this first edition of the Formentera Jazz Festival will be celebrated with an "Opening Roundtable" to be held Friday 5th at 12pm in the Municipal Cinema of Formentera.

 The debate will be presented by the director of the festival, Max Moya Wright; by the Russian-Cuban professional musician and professor of SedaJazz, Alexey León, and by Ulises Pistolo Eliza, creator of Pronóstica.

 

Max Moya and Mel Semé will be the master of ceremonies for a special activity, where they will teach a music workshop about singing and drumming for children of all ages. From music games, the objective of the workshop will be to promote music among the young of the island and so, develop its creative capacity.

 Max Moya, professional percussionist for more than 15 years, has been percussionist for the renowned international band Ojos de Brujo and has collaborated in more than 20 albums. Mel Semé, Cuban singer and multi-instrumentalist, is an artist with more than 20 years of experience as a professional musician.
Moreover, both have taught in numerous workshops, and their experience as professional masters and musicians lead them to prepare the exercises that are chosen for the occasion, which will certainly awake the musical spirit of the little ones at the festival.

 
What a better occasion, than the closing of the festival, to celebrate a unique meeting such as this Jam Session among local residents on the island and the musicians invited to the FJF.

The FJF Jam Session promises to be a magical action, and how it could not be. It will be a unique combination of Jazz, the beauty of the beach and the incomparable landmark of Blue Bar.



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