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11th FMF: Dance2Cinema

Volver, Kika, Law of Desire and Celtic folk – songs from Almodóvar's films and Irish-Icelandic folk music will fill the repertoire of the FMF club concert in the Dance2Cinema series. The protagonists of the first evening of June will be Spanish vocalist Esther Ovejero and Icelandic composer Atli Ӧrvarsson.

This is the second instalment of the series of club concerts of the Film Music Festival in Krakow – last year, during the outdoor Dance2Cinema, audiences enjoyed a concert by Italian composer and DJ, winner of three Oscars, four Golden Globes and four Grammys, Giorgio Moroder. Those gathered in Jana Nowaka-Jeziorańskiego Square in Krakow could listen to the most popular themes and songs from the artist’s film collection, including Top Gun, Midnight Express, Scarface and Neverending Story. Moroder personally led the performance, standing behind the console.

This year's edition of Dance2Cinema will include two intimate concerts. In the first part of the evening, we will hear Spanish singer Esther Ovejero – star of the Catalan music scene, who has been giving concerts for over ten years. She debuted in 1999 at the Canarias Heineken Jazz&Más, where she sang together with her blues formation, gaining the reputation of the most interesting and most versatile voice on the Canary Islands soul music scene. That same year, she began working with some of the most outstanding artists in the Islands, and soon after, with some of Barcelona’s leading musicians, including the acclaimed group La Vella Dixeland. Next came concerts at popular festivals and on prestigious stages, such as Terrassa Jazz Festival, Barcelona Jazz Festival, Jamboree Jazz Club, Luz de Gas and Jazzsi Club, where the vocalist supervised the organisation of Jam Sessions for four years.

In 2005, Esther Ovejero released her first solo album, Rompiendo el Silencio, featuring a guest appearance by Cameroonian multi-instrumentalist Richard Bona (bass guitar, double bass, percussion, vocals). The album was presented at the Canarias Heineken Jazz&Más festival, where the artist was the opening act for famous Argentinian guitarist Luis Salinas. Four years later, Ovejero completed her second album, Historias compartidas; the recording session included famous artists David Quevedo, Martin Leiton, Charlie Moreno and Kike Perdomo. The Spanish singer recorded her third album, Gerunds, in 2014, under the stage name “Ricca”.

For Esther, music is what drives her and shapes her mind. “Mom says that I started singing when I was two or three years old. Music is an integral part of me – I sing when I'm sad or happy, when I walk down the street or drive a car. Sometimes I even sing in my thoughts,” the artist admits. She adds that she listens to music of all kinds, depending on the mood she’s in, the story the song tells and the vocal possibilities it creates for the performer. Jazz has always been at the forefront. “It’s a very difficult genre, you have to spend long hours to sing jazz songs properly. It is in jazz that we can find the most beautiful melodies and lyrics,” Esther Ovejero says.

In Krakow, during the FMF Dance2Cinema concert, the artist will present her own interpretation of songs from films by leading Spanish director, Pedro Almodóvar. Her paratheatrical show will include such titles as High Heels, Volver, Law of Desire, Kika, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, What Have I Done to Deserve This? and Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! “Almodóvar is a very unusual and original director. I grew up with his films and each of them marked me differently,” says Ovejero.

The concert of film songs by Almodóvar is organised in cooperation with the FIMUCITÉ International Film Music Festival in Tenerife.

The second part of the evening will be filled with film music by the Icelandic composer Atli Ӧrvarsson and his band Torrek. Ӧrvarsson appeared on the music scene at a very young age, even before he decided to start studying at the Barkee College of Music and North Carolina School of the Arts. Together with the band Sálin hans Jóns mins, he achieved three platinum and two gold records. Another award, the Pete Carpenter Fellowship, which he received for his independent compositions, took him to Los Angeles. It was there that his adventure with the small and big screen began – Atli established cooperation with the famous author of television theme songs, Mike Post (NYPD Blue, Law and Order). He was soon noticed by one of the giants of American film music, Hans Zimmer. “We met through our common agent, who thought I was a great match for the group of Europeans working on his team. Hans is one of the most brilliant minds I have ever met and inspires me to look for new paths. I consider it a great privilege to work with him,” Ӧrvarsson says.

Atli Ӧrvarsson will come to the 11th Film Music Festival with a special funk project, tinged with a hint of Irish-Icelandic folk music. He will be accompanied by the band Torrek, which was formed during the work on the soundtrack to the historical drama of The Eagle (dir. Kevin McDonald, 2011). As Atli tells it, “During this process, thanks to meeting such collaborators as Eoghan and Flaithri Neff, I got to know Celtic folk music. I felt that it would be great to try and combine it with my native folklore. Previously, together with my sister Hilda, we had considered the possibility of creating some sort of ethnic project based on Icelandic folk. But it was only when I was working on The Eagle that I understood how strong the melodies that had survived the centuries were.

Shortly after the premiere of McDonald’s film, Torrek began performing on stages all over the world. In Krakow, Atli Ӧrvarsson and his musicians will perform at the beginning of the festival weekend, the 1st of June 2018.

Both concerts of the Dance2Cinema series will take place in the intimate interior of the Museum of Municipal Engineering in Krakow.

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