Sant Andreu Jazz Band: Listen, repeat, imitate, sing and enjoy

The Sant Andreu Jazz Band from Barcelona, Spain is within the city to ring in Windmills’ 10th anniversary. Founder Joan Chamorro talks about how his band got began

The Sant Andreu Jazz Band from Barcelona, Spain is in the metropolis to ring in Windmills’ 10th anniversary. Founder Joan Chamorro talks about how his band received started

Think Sister Act and Glee minus the drama of High School Musical, and you have the Sant Andreu Jazz Band from Barcelona. Joan Chamorro, a music trainer in Barcelona, began the band as a project to introduce younger musicians to the wonders of classical jazz. That was 16 years ago. Today the 22-member Sant Andreu Jazz Band excursions the world and have been even the subject of a documentary film!

In India for the first time to have fun the tenth anniversary of Windmills Craftworks, Joan regrets that the entire band couldn’t make the journey — some members are as younger as seven and the travel preparations to a foreign country would have been a logistical nightmare. “It’s our first India trip and we’re excited. Though solely 11 of us have come, we really hope the voices of Èlia Bastida, Alba Armengou, Koldo Munné, Alba Esteban and Joan Marti shine,” says Joan.

Joan Chamorro
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With members ranging in age from seven to 21, the band employs an uncommon strategy to learning music — the members coach one another, honing their mastery of the genre. “My methodology is predicated on trying to enhance and finding essentially the most natural method to learn this language, which is music. Listen, repeat, imitate, sing and luxuriate in what we do every day,” says Joan, adding that although individual work is essential, collective work is important too. “The motivation to play in a group, to see how your classmates improvise and have fun with it, is all a half of the training process. Make music and share it with the musicians you play with and with the basic public.”

Joan, who started the band to get youngsters thinking about jazz, says he was 18 when he first got here throughout that style. “I was finding out music, but I did not like the finest way it was taught. So when I started my very own band, we started with jazz from the beginning. My passion for jazz and teaching have grown in the past 40 years. It has become my way of life and makes me completely joyful,” says the 59-year-old, who plays the saxophone, clarinet and double bass, having taught himself the latter.

Apart from classics by Nina Simone and Julie London, the Sant Andreu Jazz Band additionally has swing, bebop, soul and Latino music of their repertoire. “Music is powerful,” says Joan, recounting how the mom of a kid with ADD waited to satisfy him after their live performance. “She informed me her son found it troublesome to stay still or concentrate for various minutes. Yet, this baby remained entranced by our younger performers on stage for over an hour. It was nothing wanting miraculous for her and an emotional moment for each of us.”

The Sant Andreu Jazz Band

The Sant Andreu Jazz Band
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Talking about A Film About Kids and Music (2011) by director Ramón Tort, Joan says ‘it reflected the truth of that moment’ and that the two musicians who appear in the film — The Armengou sisters — are nonetheless in the band. “I have discovered how to teach better and manage issues more wisely; our median age is now 14 years. We all learn over time and get better at managing musical and non-musical elements of life. That is a crucial characteristic of this venture.”

The Sant Andreu Jazz band might be taking part in at Windmills on Sept 23, 24 and 25 from 9.30pm. For tickets priced at ₹1000 (₹500 redeemable for F&B) and ₹2000 (₹1,000 redeemable for F&B) go to https://windmills-india.com/#music

Joan Chamorro

Joan Chamorro
| Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

 

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