The Prickle spoke to Balearic singer and multi-instrumentalist Anna Ferrer, alongside Catalan jazz duo Magalí Sare & Manel Fortià. They will be performing at The Pheasantry in London on 5-6 April, as part of Spotlight on Catalan Culture – the UK’s largest festival of Catalan arts, music and culture taking place across the UK March – June 2022.
– What does the Spotlight on Catalan Culture festival mean to you?
FORTIÀ: It is a great opportunity that allows us to show what kind of music we do outside Catalonia and how the audience reacts to it.
SARE: I love the fact that a festival like this exists. It’s a very cool way for locals to discover new music and to create new bonds between these cultures.
– How about audience members who can’t speak Catalan, and are totally new to Catalan music and culture; do you think they will still have a good time?
SARE: Of course they will! And we will also explain the songs during the concert.
FERRER: The reality of what one wants to say, if it’s authentic and comes from the heart, can come through via other, much more intangible ways.
– Many people say music is universal: do you think that’s true?
FERRER: Humanity is universal, the feeling of belonging to a cultural net is universal… and music is one of the first forms of expression of a community. Without a doubt, yes: music is universal.
FORTIÀ: Sometimes I have played with musicians that didn’t speak the same language as me and it worked well. It is the magic part of the music.
– Fish and chips or roast dinner?
FERRER: Fish and chips.
SARE: Roast dinner.
FORTIÀ: Mediterranean food.
Book online for 5-6 April 2022 at Pizza Express Live.