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Voll-Damm Barcelona Jazz Festival

Michael Weintrob, photographer-in-residence at festival in Spain, shares images from his five weeks there

Brad Mehldau and Joshua Redman at Voll-Damm Barcelona Jazz Festival
Alfredo Rodriguez Trio at Voll-Damm Barcelona Jazz Festival
Chorando Al Compas at Voll-Damm Barcelona Jazz Festival
Enrico Rava at 2011 Voll-Damm Barcelona Jazz Festival
Madeleine Peyroux at Voll-Damm Barcelona Jazz Festival
Pat Metheny with Bill Stewart at Vol-Damm Barcelona Jazz Festival
Omar Sosa and Paolu Fresu at Voll-Damm Barcelona Jazz Festival
Paolo Conte at Voll-Damm Barcelona Jazz Festival
Dave Holland and Pepe D'Agostino at Voll-Damm Barcelona Jazz Festival
Randy Weston at Vol-Damm Barcelona Jazz Festival
Catalan Music Conference during the 2011 Voll-Damm Barcelona Jazz Festival
Michael Weintrob and audience for his lecture during the 2011 Voll-Damm Barcelona Jazz Festival
Ken Vandermark at 2011 Voll-Damm Barcelona Jazz Festival
Gabriele Mirabassi in Master Class during Voll-Damm Barcelona Jazz Festival
Magic Fountain in Barcelona
Omar Sosa at 2011 Voll-Damm Barcelona Jazz Festival

I just spent the last five weeks in Barcelona, Spain. The Voll-Damm Barcelona Jazz Festival contracted me to photograph performances and events during the whole month of November. The US Consulate helped me out with travel and provided me with an exhibition of my instrumenthead project that I have been working on. Besides shooting the events, I spoke at four high schools and the Catalan Institute of Photographic Studies about photography. It was an amazing experience in one of the most interesting cities in the world.

I was able to shoot a lot of artists that do not tour in the US that often. Many artists came from Italy for the Umbria Jazz Festival in Barcelona. Enrico Rava, Stefano Bollani, Gabrielle Mirabasi and Paolo Conte were just a few of the many Italian artists that I was able to shoot whom I have never seen live in concert before. Shooting this festival was very different than the festivals that we are used to in the United States. Most of the festivals here like Newport, New Orleans or Monterey take place over a weekend with many bands playing on different stages. The Voll-Damm Barcelona Jazz Festival was very different because there were concerts happening throughout the city in different venues. Most of the concerts that I shot were at the Luz De Gas, The Palau de la Musica, L’Auditori and the Teatre Coliseum. Working with Joan-Anton Cararach and his team was great because I felt like I was a part of something greater than myself. Every day I would edit the images from the night before and deliver them to be serviced to the local press and on the festival’s blog.

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