5th anniversary / 5º aniversario/ 5è aniversari

Today is the 5th anniversary of this website and I share for you a gallery of pictures summarizing my professional music activity during this academic year 2017-2018. I hope you enjoy remembering all this moments, some of them we have lived together!

Hoy es el 5º aniversario de esta web y comparto para vosotros una galeria de fotos que resume mi actividad profesional como músico durante este curso 2017-2018. Espero disfruteis recordando todos estos momentos, algunos de ellos vividos conjuntamente!

Avui és el 5è aniversari d’aquesta web i comparteixo per vosaltres una galeria de fotos que resumeix la meva activitat professional com a músic durant aquest curs 2017-2018. Espero gaudiu recordant tots aquests moments, alguns d’ells viscuts conjuntament!

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M. Marquez, “Abril”, for solo flute

Per cel·lebrar l’arribada de la primavera i l’entrada al mes d’abril, us comparteixo aquesta peça que la compositora Marian Marquez va dedicar-me el 2016 i que vaig estrenar el mateix any al Bouquet Festival de Tarragona. Està inclosa en el meu darrer disc “Flute Spirit”. Desitjo que us agradi!

Para celebrar la llegada de la primavera y la entrada al mes de abril, os comparto esta pieza que la compositora Marian Marquez me dedicó en 2016 y que estrené el mismo año en el Bouquet Festival de Tarragona. Está incluída en mi último disco “Flute Spirit”. Deseo que os guste!

Listen to Isabel Serra Bargalló on Soundcloud

Now you can listen to some excerpts of my latest CD “Flute Spirit” on Soundcloud. Just click here.

Mi disco “Flute Spirit” en la sección “Novedades” de “Todo Flauta”, Revista Oficial de la Asociación de Flautistas de España

Muy agradecida por el espacio concedido a mi disco “Flute Spirit” en la revista “Todo Flauta” (núm. 17, marzo 2018, año IX) de la AFE (Asociación de Flautistas de España).

Este disco se grabó en verano de 2017 y fue presentado el pasado noviembre en el Museo de Arte Moderno de Tarragona. Consta de mis obras favoritas para flauta y flauta en sol sola del s. XX y XXI, incluyendo tres estrenos y dos obras escritas para mi por los compositores Marian Marquez y Conrad Setó.

Os invito a descubrirlo y a disfrutarlo!

Lee la reseña en pdf aquí: Flute Spirit AFE

C. Setó, “Narració”, for solo alto flute

This recording is included in my new CD “Flute Spirit”. It is my own alto flute version of “Narració”, for solo gralla (catalan popular instrument) by Conrad Setó. I premiered the flute version on the 23rd december 2017 in a recital at “D’Energia Disciplines Orientals” in Tarragona. Enjoy!

Localitats exhaurides per al recital de flauta sola “Flute Spirit” el 23 de desembre a Tarragona

A partir d’ara les sol·licituds de reserva que anem rebent passaran a una llista d’espera en cas de possibles cancel·lacions.

Moltes gràcies!

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Crítica de mi último trabajo discográfico, “Flute Spirit”, en la web especializada “Tarraco’s Culture Club”

Aquí is dejo el enlace a los comentarios firmados por Luis Suárez sobre el CD “Flute Spirit”. Gracias Luis por tu interés en mi trabajo!

Tarraco’s Culture Club: FLUTE SPIRIT (2017)

Foto: Mònica Galera

Fotos de la presentació del CD “Flute Spirit”

Gràcies de tot cor a tots els qui ahir em vàreu acompanyar en la presentació del meu primer disc en solitari: “Flute Spirit”. Va ser un èxit!

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D’esquerra a dreta: Conrad Setó, Isabel Serra, Marian Marquez i Enric Llevat. Foto: Mònica Galera

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Moment del recital de Isabel Serra. Al fons, escultura de la sèrie “Biogenètics”, d’Enric Llevat. Foto: Mònica Galera

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Foto: Mònica Galera

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Gràcies a tots! Foto: Mònica Galera

FLUTE SPIRIT is already flying to USA and Canada. Official presentaton in my city, Tarragona, on sunday 12th november. Very happy!

Flute Spirit: Program Notes

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The sound of the flute flows from within the body towards the instrument and from the instrument to the outside. The air vibrates inside the tube moved by the breath and produces the sound. The breath is moved by the inner energy: chi for the Chinese, prana for the Hindus. So the sound is moved by energy and arises from the breath, an essential life factor together with the heartbeat. Both respond to an alternation, to a cyclical rhythm of expansion and contraction, fullness and emptiness. Everything responds to cycles in Nature: day and night, the passage of the seasons, wet times and droughts… The human being responds to cycles in the same way as the rest of the universe does. The entire universe is within the human being, as we also find it symbolically in music. All the multiplicity of musical notes develops from sound. The range of tones, their variety in pitch, color, dynamics and articulation represents the diversity of all that is manifested.

This record contains a selection of pieces for solo flute which I have been incorporating throughout my life cycle. Each one has a special meaning for me. Some of the pieces are well known, and I studied and played them in exams and competitions at the beginning of my career; others were dedicated to me or composed for me more recently. There are pieces that evoke the sound of wind instruments from traditional cultures, such as Japanese bamboo flutes or Native American flutes. There are also pieces of Oriental inspiration, more spiritual. As a whole, the repertoire on this CD is related to what playing the flute means to me — an experience in which I become conscious of life without thinking about it. I recorded in a meditative state, and that is what I would like to transmit to the listener.

Image, op. 38 (1939) by Eugène Bozza is a fresh, lively and sparkling piece, like spring. It was one of the first solo flute compositions I learned and has been with me since my youth. It represents a starting point, and that is why I chose it to open this record.

From the alternation of origins and the present comes the situation in the second place of two pieces by the Canadian composer Jonathan G. Bayley: …From Within (1981) and Music for Pan (1976). In the late 1970s and early 1980s Bayley studied at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (Banff, Alberta, Canada) and it was the jazz flutist Paul Horn who introduced him to the alto flute. The first of the pieces seeks an inner sound, integrated with the breathing, and the second one, dedicated to Jeanne Baxtresser, shows Baroque reminiscences in its form and articulation, while alluding to the mythological legend of Pan and Syrinx, so closely linked to the flute repertoire.

Benjamin Britten composed his Six Metamorphoses after Ovid, op. 49 (1951) for solo oboe inspired by various Greek and Roman mythological figures. Pan belongs to this set of pieces and I decided to play the flute version in 2013 as a tribute to the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birth. I like to play this piece along with the famous Syrinx (1913) by Claude Debussy. I look for the harmonic richness of a double reed instrument in Britten, and the sonority characteristic of the Pan flute, or syrinx, in Debussy.

Toru Takemitsu deeply loved the flute and the alto flute and they played a prominent role in his works. Air (1995) represents the heritage of Debussy’s impressionistic style. It was dedicated to Aurèle Nicolet, a leading flute player who passed away in 2016, as a birthday present, and is the last piece the Japanese composer wrote shortly before his own death.

In the ancient tradition of Japan it was believed that the sound of the flute could reach the souls of the dead; breathing into the flute made it possible to communicate, through sound, with something beyond. Kazuo Fukushima imbues his music with a strong influence of ancestral Japanese culture and philosophy, which is evident in the sonorities and meaning of his Requiem (1956).

Other ancestral sonorities, this time from Native North American music, can also be heard in Kokopeli (1990), by Katherine Hoover. I personally met the composer in 2012. I worked on this piece with her and later played it at a lecture she gave at the Barcelona Liceu Conservatory on February 29th of the same year. Kokopeli the flute player was a great mahu, a legendary hero of the Hopi. He is said to have led the migration of his people through the Southwest, the sound of his flute echoing through canyons, valleys and mountains. The piece captures this sense of spaciousness and the strong connection the Hopis felt to the land.

Another composer I have had the pleasure of working with is Marian Marquez, who dedicated Abril (2016) to me. I premiered this piece in the summer of 2016 in a concert that was part of the Bouquet Music Festival in Tarragona. The piece evokes sunrise, the song of birds, some insects, the wind, the brightness of midday, the rain and more, describing much of what Nature brings us in this month of the year.

My collaboration with the composer Conrad Setó is reflected on this record through two of his pieces. The first of them, Narració (2010), was written originally for a Catalan folk wind instrument called the gralla. The score inspired me to experiment with the alto flute and I decided to make my own version of it, resulting in a very different sound. The second piece, Poema-Raga (2017), for solo flute and electronics, is a new composition written especially for me. Working directly with the composer and being present throughout the creative process was a new and enriching experience that opened new paths to the future.

Isabel Serra Bargalló, summer 2017

Print: Flute Spirit (english)