American culture has been constructed on different tensions: the relationship between the popular and the classical tradition or the challenge of integrating different ethnicities into a single identity framework, are among the most notable. At this juncture, cultural artefacts such as the Great American Songbook, a kind of collective musical imagination that brings together the canonical repertory of the most famous jazz standards from the first half of the twentieth century, are significant. The American Songbook is neither too academic nor completely popular, the reflection of a melting pot of influences while remaining distinctly American, and subject to being performed from very different styles. The Songbook successfully embodied and reproduced the multi-faceted American identity.
Concerts in this series
- POSPUESTOBorja Quiza, Fernando López Briones, Miguel González and Simón García
From Broadway to HollywoodMarco Mezquida
Ella and Billie: Two voices for one legendJulia Möller and César Belda Quartett