13/Jun, Wednesday



Trío Petrakis-López-Chemirani

Jardines del Palau, Parc del turia Valencia

Stelios Petrakis, Efrén López y Bijan Chemirani make up a trio of musicians with a Mediterranean-Iranian base. Greek performer, Petrakis, specialises in Cretan instruments, the Valencian Efrén López has extensive experience playing multiple instruments and Chemirani is consummate virtuoso of the zarb, typical instrument in traditional Persian music. Together they work like a cohesive melody that will carry the audience to a nearby sea with a touch of oriental influence. A sound that will reach the heart with ease because it does not need decoding despite its enormous cultural background. The setting, in the gardens of the Palau de la Música and the time, at night, will contribute to the embarking on the metaphorical journey.

Stelio Petrakis, Efrén López y Bijan Chemirani

Stelio Petrakis is a Greek multi-instrumentalist and a luthier. His musical compositions are strongly influenced by the music of his birthplace, Crete, and by other sounds (Istanbul, Iran, etc.) that he has studied for many years. He has been involved in collaborations with Manolo García and Roos Daily, among others. The Valencian Efrén López plays several instruments (the hurdy-gurdy, the rubab, the laouto,...); has founded groups such as "L'Ham de Foc", "Aman Aman" and "Sabir"; and has participated in the recording of more than 60 records. Lastly, Bijan Chemirani is the youngest of a zarb-playing family saga. Also called tombak, it is the main percussion instrument of Iranian origin. Apart from this project, he also keeps an active career as a soloist and he directs a group called "Oneira".

Trio Petrakis-López-Chemirani
Stelio Petrakis, Efrén López and Bijan Chemirani / Crete, Valencia and Marseille
90 min / Music

Cretan lyre and laouto: Stelios Petrakis.
Hurdy-gurdy, Rubab, Fretless guitar, Komuz, Laouto: Efrén López.
Zarb, Bendir, Daf: Bijan Chemirani.



Jardines del Palau, Parc del turia


17/Jun, Sunday



Niño de Elche & Israel Galván

Teatre Principal de Valencia Valencia

Coplas mecánicas (Mechanical Coplas)

Niño de Elche had already been on stage with Israel Galván, collaborating in some of their shows. But, for the first time, they have thought out and created a combined show which will reach "Tercera Setmana" Festival right after their premiere at Sonar Festival. They will be closing this third edition in Teatre Principal, in Valencia. These "mechanical coplas" manage to take flamenco music to another dimension, and they do so thanks to the coupling of the dancing and tapping of Galván and the voice of Niño de Elche, with his "quejíos", his singing, his incredible onomatopoeias.

Niño de Elche + Israel Galván

If there is anything in common between these two artists, it must be the creative freedom that their works express. In addition, they share the unorthodox approach towards flamenco: always betting on emotion, feelings and curiosity as opposed to those who support an official doctrine of stagnation. One of the members of this duo has his voice and an explosive performance, and the other with his passionate and powerful dancing, which seem to have been choreographed in another planet. A pure avant-garde phylosophy but practical and sensible on the stage. They interpret flamenco in their own way, which is also a way of being "flamenco".



Teatre Principal de Valencia