La Nit de Sant Joan

La nit de Sant Joan, és nit d’alegria Estrellat de Flors, L’estiu ens arriba De mans d’un fillet que li fa de guia. Primavera mor, l’hiverm es retira. Si arribes l’amor, mai mes moriría. Yesterday night was the Nit de Sant Joan and Jaume Sisa composed this song in its honour. Jaume Sisa, composer and … Continue reading La Nit de Sant Joan

Where Have All The Flowers Gone?

Pete Seeger one of the fathers of american folk music, loved and revered by so many, died yesterday. In 1955 he wrote and composed Where Have All the Flowers Gone? The song has become a classic pacifist hymn. We publish 2 versions, one by Pete Seeger and one by Marlene Dietrich. Seeger recalled about the song: “I had been reading a … Continue reading Where Have All The Flowers Gone?

The Future of Catalonia’s Casteller

My friend and photographer Ann Gagno exhibits a set of pictures about Castellers, an old catalan tradition, in Toronto…have a look at them and enjoy 🙂  here you have the link to the Facebook page of the exhibition and here a picture of the exhibition itself.

Food Trippin'

As I open my month-long show Catalonia’s Castellers, at the Oakwood Public Library today, it brings back fond memories of things that happened that I can never immortalize in images.  As I have once said before, I went home with about 120 Gig of images and it was painful to choose one over the other.  Some of the ones that have touched me most were hard to recreate if there was no story to go with it.  I thought I’d share one today.

As I was standing by the heat of watching the Castellers de Vilafranca at Festa major de la Bisbal del Penedès, last August 2012,  a man who introduced himself as  Jeroen,  approached me because of the camera I carried.  I guess the massive long lens does merit attention and we had a lengthy conversation of what Castellers was all about.  Before we parted ways, he invited me and my…

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Cavalleria rusticana (Intermezzo)

Lim Kek-tjiang conducts the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra Cavalleria rusticana is an opera in one act by Pietro Mascagni to an Italian libretto by Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti and Guido Menasci, adapted from a play and short story written by Giovanni Verga. Considered one of the classic verismo operas, it premiered on 17 May 1890, at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome. The opera's symphonic Intermezzo has figured in the sound track of several films, most … Continue reading Cavalleria rusticana (Intermezzo)

Alexandra Leaving, Alexandria Lost

Suddenly the night has grown colder. The God of love preparing to depart. Alexandra hoisted on his shoulder, They slip between the sentries of the heart. ... ... ... Even though she sleeps upon your satin; Even though she wakes you with a kiss. Do not say the moment was imagined; Do not stoop to … Continue reading Alexandra Leaving, Alexandria Lost