Alfonso de Vilallonga
Wednesday, November 24th
20.00 – Fernán Gómez. Centro Cultural de la Villa
Price: €16 / Concessions: €14 / Friends of the FG: €13
Alfonso de Vilallonga has been in all manner of artistic adventures. The most famous one is possibly his facet as author of soundtracks for films by Isabel Coixet, Brad Anderson or Pablo Berger. His least known facet however, in undoubtedly the one that now brings him to this programme; his work as a singer-songwriter affiliated to chanson française, a trend that nurtures the contents of his album “Hors de Saison” (“Out of Season”).
In this recording, Alfonso establishes what one might call a sentimental confession regarding his taste in music – other than film music, of course. To do so, he tackles some covers of classics of that genre, as well as a handful of his own songs, baring his own soul to us in each one. The results have a bit of jazz in the arrangements, a bit of theatre and a lot of his singer-songwriter essence. What matters is his voice, his singing, nothing else. A sigh, a gentle quiver, is all it takes for the song to be filled with intention and to move us.
However, anyone who knows Alfonso de Vilallonga knows that it would be very difficult for him to repeat the same operation twice. So this concert will not be a mere presentation of “Hors de Saison”, but rather an affirmation of the artist in his brilliant maturity. The closest thing to a cabaret that progresses, with hardly a hint of nostalgia, a ballast that – from the musician’s point of view – is very boring not to mention the fact that it detracts from his intention to be, above all, a modern artist of today.
Of noble origin -his uncle was the writer and aristocrat José Luis de Vilallonga-, the musician will perform at JAZZMADRID with an instrumental quintet that will open the box of surprises that he holds in his voice even wider, if that’s possible. Used to his sarcasm, everyone will be surprised by the tenderness he has poured into these new songs. And as far as his covers of classics by Gilbert Becaud, Henri Salvador, Benjamin Biolay or Charles Aznavour are concerned, there is no doubt that their authors would rush to endorse them. And, of course, the unique opportunity to enjoy, for the first time in JAZZMADRID, the thrilling presence of Alfonso de Vilallonga is not to be missed either.