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Stephane Grappelli was the musical incarnation of a society that wanted to be different, that discovered that it was full of colour. He was 89 years old when he passed away, but ever since he was 16 he had always expressed himself in that calm language that he helped to nourish, adding his instrument to the family whose members spoke the language of jazz.
If for no other reason, his having helped create that musical monument that was the Quintette du Hot Club de France, or in seminal works such as “Nuages” with gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt, ensured that his name would go down in the annals of free music. However, Grappelli never ceased accepting musical challenges until his final days.
Three musicians are now intent on reconstructing his world. Leading the trio, violinist Raúl Márquez, whom the audience may well know thanks to the many projects in which he has already been involved in. One of them, the live soundtrack written for the film “Strike” by Sergei Eisenstein, brought him to the Conde Duque Cultural Centre in May 2017, but he has also collaborated with the groups of such artists as Toni Zenet, Jorge Pardo, Gerardo Núñez and Pasión Vega.
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Guitar: Javier Sánchez.
Double bass: Gerardo Ramos.
Violin: Raúl Márquez.