Tuesday 20th September 2022 · Mike Smith
Source: Ajuntament de Xàbia
The Tradidanses Festival, organized by the Grup Portitxol de Xàbia, celebrates its ninth edition this weekend. Under the motto “Cantant a les Arrels”, the meeting focuses this year on traditional Valencian singers who seek new sounds for the traditional songs of our land.
As a novelty, the lineup for this ninth edition of Tradidanses includes two concerts: that of “Germans Penalba” this Saturday 24th at 8.00pm in Plaça de l’Església, and that of Josep Aparicio “Apa” on Sunday 25th at 6.00pm at the Riurau d’Arnauda amongst the trees of the Parque Montaner.
Despite their youth, the Penalba brothers – Jonatan and Christian – are already veterans in the world of music. In recent years, they have released three separate albums that have placed them in a prominent position on the Valencian music scene. Now they present this new joint show, accompanied by a luxury instrumental ensemble, in which they combine their styles and particular voice with a traditional Valencian repertoire that takes on new life in the mouths of these two great singers.
On Sunday, at the Riurau d’Arnauda, it will be the turn of Josep Aparicio “Apa”. The singer from Godella has received unanimous praise from colleagues, critics and the public alike, acknowledging his quality as a traditional Valencian singer. He has released several albums in which he seeks new paths for traditional Valencian music, exploring other sounds and uniting different cultures without losing the north or the roots. For the festival, Aparicio has prepared a didactic concert, a special format in which he will combine his most traditional repertoire with explanations of the repertoire as the guiding thread of the concert.
In addition to the concerts, the Tradidanses Festival will have its usual didactic part, with which the Grup de Danses del Portitxol tries to spread the variety of traditional music and dances that exist in our territory. On this occasion the workshop (Sunday 25th at 10.00am at the CEIP Mediterrania) will focus on the traditional “Ball de Bastons” from the town of l’Alcúdia (in the Ribera Alta) and will be taught by Dansants de l’Alcúdia.