The new cycle Trànsits, organized by L'Auditori and the Museu de la Música de Barcelona with the collaboration of the Religious Affairs Office of Barcelona City Council, emphasizes cultural diversity and religious rites of various communities in Barcelona. The Synagogue of the Israelite community of Barcelona, the Romanian Orthodox Church Sant Jordi de Barcelona, the Sant Pau del Camp Monastery and L’Auditori, among others, host the nine Trànsits dates.

Nine quotes that offer a tour through six religious rites of different communities in the city of Barcelona in which music becomes a central element. The concept of death and return, which is the focus of L'Auditori's season, traverses all religious traditions. Death, as a critical and extreme point of the life cycle, prompts a multiplicity of rites of passage in constant transformation. The symbolic transference confers meaning and makes the weight of absence bearable: the return of vital principles to the earth, to water, to fire.

This is how Trànsits offers one route through six religious rites of different communities in the city of Barcelona in which music becomes a central element. It is not about a program of concerts but about facilitating the attendance, participation and sharing of a set of living practices that invite us to approach the intersection between music, liturgy and spirituality.

All of this will be completed with three musical practices in the form of a concert that will bring to L'Auditori the wealth of cultural configurations in which music takes shape around the world. In this way, they can be shared musical and liturgical manifestations of the collectivities and closest expressions of our environment, understanding the city of Barcelona as a diverse, hybrid and multicultural city.

Musicians recognized by the participating communities take part in different religious practices in force in our city. Each appointment in the cycle has a previous conversation that offers an introduction to the experience of the musical fact in relation to the cultural and religious fact to which it belongs.

Photo Taghi Akhbari

The Trànsits cycle begins Thursday, October 20 with a session of qawwali, which we will have the opportunity to enjoy with the Pakistani community Minhaj al-Qur'ân of BarcelonaThe Trànsits cycle begins on Thursday 20 October with a session on qawwali, which we will be able to enjoy with Barcelona’s Minhaj al-Qur’ân Pakistani community. This is one of the most genuine expressions of Punjabi Sufism and which aims to bring the listeners and participants to ecstasy. This session will be presented in Room 4 of L'Auditori by the renowned Shuaib Aftab Qawwal ensemble, formed by the Mushtaq family, and will feature a previous conversation at the Music Museum by Islamologist Halil Bárcena together with Hasnat Hashmi, lawyer and Sufism practitioner of the Minhaj al-Qur'ân Islamic association in Barcelona, part of the Qâdiriya brotherhood (tarîqa).

Transits extends until May 2023, with appointments that bring the celebration of the Hanukkah or the Festival of Lights in the synagogue of the Israeli Community of Barcelona, Easter with the Romanian Orthodox liturgy in the parish of Sant Jordi, the singing of the sibyl of Mallorca in the church of Santa Madrona, the music of the Balinese gamelan, the pitiús Easter candy song or the music of Persian mysticism in dialogue with Saint John of the Cross, the latter from the hand of renowned Persian singer Taghi Akhbari.

The exploration of new languages and forms is also present in the cycle, with proposals how Ukigumo, by Horacio Curti and Andrés Corchero based on the Japanese poems to death or In table, proposed by Octavi Rumbau and Miquel Bernat, in which the quintessential percussion instrument of the Indian tradition dialogues with immersive electronics.

Consult the entire schedule of Transits in this link.


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