What the successful Trío Arbós from Spain — together with the flamenco singer Rafael de Utrera — made sound in the hall on Tuesday evening was just as extraordinary as exceptional. ”

— Mannheimer Post

The concert of Trío Arbós with Rafael de Utrera allows us once more to flee the boundaries of the academic, to expand the terms once established, to shape the characteristics of this or that music and, finally to make us think that, in music, there is no black or white, neither popular or classical genres, but rather a scale of grey tones, or better, a scale of colors in which nothing is what it seems to be and anything can be everything. The bulería for piano trio was absolutely delightful, performed so easily that it seemed an improvisation, a group of friends that get together to play 

David Santana, Codalario 

 

What the successful Trío Arbós from Spain with Juan Carlos Garvayo (piano and percussion), Cecilia Bercovich (violin, viola) and José Miguel Gómez (violoncello and percussion) — together with the flamenco singer Rafael de Utrera — made sound in the hall on Tuesday evening was just as extraordinary as exceptional. The works, some arranged by the members of the trio and other written by contemporary composers Thierry Pécou, Elena Mendoza, Jesús Torres, Aureliano Cattaneo, Bernhard Gander and Mauricio Sotelo, contained a high level of originality. All them were performed with absolute precision and covered a wide spectrum between contemporary music, improvisation and traditional flamenco. The most subtle crossings took place thanks to the imaginative violinist Cecilia Bercovich, the masterfully versatile pianist Juan Carlos Garvayo and the sensitive cellist José Miguel Gómez. A perfect technique allowed them to dive into the depths of the most diverse sounds. 

Mannheimer Morgen, Her 

 

The Spanish Trío Arbós proposed well-known contemporary composers to reflect on flamenco music and dance to try to reinterpret it. Although all the composers bore in mind the same mission, the program resulted very varied because each one of the composers emphasized a different aspect of this music. Nevertheless, despite the different answers to the question “What is flamenco?” The essential elements of this music were heard in all the works in the masterful interpretation of all the performers involved that captivated the audience. 

Salto (Bolzano), Ruth Fulterer 

 

After the love song by Paco de Lucía, arranged by the pianist Juan Carlos Garvayo, in which Trío Arbós stated a beautiful and sensitive lyricism, one of the most expected works in the program was performed Bulería Arbós. Ritual, in which its author, the 

Madrid born composer Mauricio Sotelo, submerges himself in the flamenco style taking the sound of the viola as a guide, played by Cecilia Bercovich only in this piece instead of her violin, accompanied by the percussion of the “cajones” flamencos played by the other two members of the trio and a final contribution by Rafael de Utrera who pushed with a very deep feeling the conclusion of the work taking the audience to a standing ovation with his impressive singing. The festival has opted for a model of concert in which cultural transversality has been crucial. This intention works perfectly well when it is presented with the imagination and artistic dignity showcased by Trío Arbós. 

Scherzo, José Antonio Cantón 

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