The name of this ensemble, “ Agustí Fernández Ensemble” is just a convention. For me, an ensemble doesn't have anything to do with ego, power, or vision, etc. It's a chance for friends to meet and celebrate in which everyone participates as equals. I'd like to thank the 2019 Barcelona Grec Festival for giving me the opportunity to band together the musicians of this ensemble.
In doing so I thought of inviting musicians I know, with whom I have played, men and women from different countries (and continents), of different ages, and who play seemingly distant instruments, but who all share a passion for improvised music.
On this recording you'll hear that they don't just play the notes. They play their lives, their feelings, their dreams, and their emotions. They do this with their own personal and special sounds, always with profound musical expression.
One of the things I appreciate most about these situations is the collective thinking that emerges when such gifted musicians get together, listen, and play together. The egos dissolve into a higher entity and collective musical intelligence materializes spontaneously. This is always my goal when participating in an ensemble: that it be an occasion for something exceptional and unique to happen.
Since the concert had to be named, I thought “Via Augusta” was the most appropriate, for three reasons. First, it’s the name of a well-known street in Barcelona; secondly, it was the name of a Roman road that connected the peninsula of Hispania with the Roman capital and, thirdly, the way that the Japanese define the word “do” (way, road), illustrates my concept of making music, a concept I share with these excellent fellow travelers.
released August 26, 2020
Agustí Fernández, piano
DoYeon Kim, gayageum
Marc Vilanova, alto saxophone
Lucía Martínez, drums, percussion and voice
Sarah Claman, violin
Don Malfon, alto & baritone saxophones
Per-Äke Holmlander, tuba
Barry Guy, bass
Concert produced by Grec Festival de Barcelona 2019
Recorded: July 11th, 2019 at Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, Spain
Live recording: Ferran Conangla & Enric Giné
Mixing and mastering: Ferran Conangla
Liner notes: Agustí Fernández
English version: Sarah Claman
Photo: Mario Burbano
Graphic design: Enric Jardí
Video recording: Lucas Caraba
Concert production: Marcela Imazio (Elclimamola)