PepC Company and Tenora and piano duo
PepC / Theater Company http://www.pepc.eu
It updates popular culture. Recovers the beautiful essences. Contemporary festive. Since 1996, it rediscovers and disseminates popular wisdom.
Pep Castells: Titellero, comedian, author, actor, director and musician.
“… Pep Castells proposes surprising aesthetic games of striking simplicity, with high contents of popular wisdom. …”
Pau Sandaran pianist and composer
A pianist and composer, he has to his name, works for diverse instrumental settings such as solos, chamber music, big band and orchestra.
His works for big band have been performed at Vienna’s Musikverein, Vienna’s Birdland and Eisenstadt’s Haydn Saal.
Among other premiers, his Choro per a Frida for orchestra was performed by the Murta Ensemble under the musical direction of Xavier Puig in the Auditori de Santa Coloma de Gramenet and at the Teatro Zorrilla in Badalona. Likewise, the prestigious theatre group Corral de Comedias de Alcalá de Henares premiered his music for the theatre work El cavaller i els músics.
Pau Sandaran holds a Master of Arts in musical composition and a Bachelor of Arts in jazz composition from the Music University in Vienna.
Currently, he is professor of music theory, modern harmony and piano at the Conservatori Municipal de Vilanova i la Geltrú in Catalunya.
Jordi Paulí / tenora
He has been director of the “Cobla Bisbal Jove” of La Bisbal d’Empordà and the “Cobla Maricel” of Sitges.He is one of the most performed sardana composers, with about eighty works among which stand out: Mariona ( second prize “Sardana of the year 2008” ), Gloria, Jóvenes leones, Marta, El rey de casa, Jóvenes danzantes, Amigos del refugio , Paz por Bosnia, Euterpe, Foro en Banyoles ( federation prize “Sardana of the year 2004” ), Blanca chispa, Sardanas en la ONCE ( critics prize “Sardana of the year 2011″ ) and El aplec de Cubelles ( popular prize ” Sardana of the year 2012″.
It highlights his recent project called JAZZING with which he combines jazz formations in different formats: duo, trio, quartet and quintet.
He is part of the team of the program “Sardanas en azul” of Canal Blau in Vilanova and la Geltrú where he collaborates in two weekly programs.
Although he holds the Superior titles of Saxophone and Tenora-Tible, he has always shown great interest in modern music, having combined the two aspects (classical and modern) in his musical career.
These five dances are a commission by Josep Castells for the play El Cavaller i els músics de la cort, premiered at the Corral de Comedias in Alcalá de Henares and in Almagro in June 2008.
The play is a show with Mediterranean roots in which almost unpublished legends full of popular wisdom are told.
For this show, I looked for a sonority that suggested the medieval world. The wind quintet, with its rich timbre, seemed to me the most suitable to achieve the desired atmosphere. On the other hand, the Mediterranean airs of the Catalan popular music just shape the spirit of the work.
Although the original version is for wind quintet, I have made other versions of El Cavaller… with suitable formations to transmit the popular and danceable spirit that the work demands. They are versions for tenora and piano, cello and piano, piano four hands and piano solo.
1 movement the Five dances
2 movement the Cinc danses
3 movement the Cinc danses
4 moviment el Cinc danses
5 movement el Cinc danses
Jordi Pauli, tenora
Pau Sandaran, piano
Recording and edition, Solfa Recordings
Recorded at the Eduard Toldrà auditorium Vilanova i la geltrú
Live music and theater show.
Oral tradition with musical proposal of a very high level. Rooted, fresh and playful.
This stage proposal, directed by Pep Castells, combines popular legends of the Mediterranean almost unpublished and full of popular wisdom, with original music for tenora and piano by Pau Sandaran.
-The sword of Vilardell:
Magnificent legend of the sword of virtue “Vilardell” that would become the Catalan “Excalibur”. This sword is documented and today it is in a museum in Paris.
Delicious typical legend of the Mediterranean arc, loaded with the essence of popular wisdom.
– Mrs. of Quermençó:
The legend of the castle of Quermençó (alt Empordà) with a plot that is repeated in different popular legends of the Mediterranean.
-Knight of Espinzella:
Legend collected by Joan Amades of this character from Viladrau.
-La Senyora de Quermençó, Marcus. Songs by Pep Castells with arrangements by Pau Sandaran
-Cinc danses by Pau Sandaran