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The Festival of Pollença is reinvented

As part of the 51st Festival of Pollensa, the young musician Francesco Tristano will perform a recital in the Cloister of Santo Domingo Convent in Pollensa next Saturday 14th of July at 10 pm. The 29-year-old pianist Francesco Tristano will interpret some of his own compositions, like “Hello” (2007) or “Homage to Bachar Khalife” (2009), along with classic works of Johannes Sebastian Bach (“Partita No. 1 in B flat major, BWV 825”), Claude Debussy (“Preludes for Piano”) and John Cage (“In a landscape”). The intrepidness with which Francesco Tristano combines eras and styles may initially provoke a bewildered response. However, Luxembourg-born Francesco Tristano has no aspirations as an agitator. Almost everything he does is an expression of an open-minded attitude which refuses to accept borders and constrictions.

A mentality that fits perfectly with this edition of the Festival of Pollensa. That is because, among other reasons, the new artistic director of the event, the Majorcan musician Joan Valent, has turned his extensive experience and creativity in a renewed program to make this festival an essential event of the summer in Majorca. The also composer of soundtracks for films such as Marujas asesinas, La bicicleta, El viaje vertical, El cónsul de Sodoma or the documentary How much does your building weigh, Mr Foster?, has been chosen to offer something new, multidisciplinary, combining literary sections dedicated to crime fiction, art and film, such as meetings with the composers Michael Nyman and Ludovic Bource, or the invaluable presence of the filmmakers Alex de la Iglesia and Agusti Villaronga and the writers Eduardo Mendoza and Donna Leon. Without doubt, a fresh wind is blowing at the Festival of Pollensa, with its innovative, creative and inspired program.

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