Last Friday we joined Selva de Mar at their entrancing #UnAltoEnElCamino performance at Capella Mare de Déu de l’Esperança, a quaint little chapel in the Gothic quarter of Barcelona. The night was presided by an unsettling saddened note considering the farewell nature of the occasion, but the mood was lightened by the possibility that it may just be a pit stop for Selva de Mar and we will hopefully be hearing much more from them in the future.
The chapel was packed, a couple dozen pews on either side of the long isle lined with a mesmerized audience. Needless to say the acoustics were beautiful and the perfect mesh of aural delight ricocheted effortlessly off the stone arches.
Sasha Agranov conjuring intricate cello lines entwined with Pablo Wayne’s dominating water drum and unique Hang techniques. They were joined by an arsenal of heavy weight musicians on the Barcelona music scene: Oriol Roca on the drums, Stelios Manousakis as sound tech, Eyal Streett playing the bassoon, Igor Binsbergen on the vibraphone and Feli García Zecchin on the clarinet. Spellbinding vocals by Stephanie Pan and Mû Mbana. Dave Bianchi performed a thought-provoking piece as closure before the crowd roared for an encore.
It was a truly special event and it was palpable that every musician on that stage is genuinely passionate about their craft and that every member of the audience left with an exhilarated feeling of well-being. If you weren’t there you will never know what you missed, but don’t fret over it as it was all caught on video and as soon as it is ready we will make it available for you to enjoy and for those of you who were there to relive the experience.