It’s my pleasure

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A Personal Affair

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Martyn Thompson
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15 May – ADAY.ORG

So, I have taken part and uploaded the following two photographs to the aday.org project.

Category: Work - Tools

Category: Work – Tools

15 May in Spain is dia de (day of) San Isidro, the patron saint of farm workers. My friend Timbé works with agave (pita) plants and this is him extracting the agave nectar which is high in all sorts of nutrients.

Photo taken at 20:00 near Los Molinos del Río Aguas

Category: Connections - Leisure

Category: Connections – Leisure

My friend Timbé hosts a jam session every Tuesday at his Andalucian farm house near Sorbas in Spain. This is my friend Pieter playing his djembe drum – in many traditions, the drum is the instrument that connects the musicians and dancers, the drum is much more than a device to simply keeping the beat.

Photo taken at 20:45 near Los Molinos del Río Aguas

This photograph was also taken the same day but not submitted. This is a much “trimmed back” agave (pita) plant. Apparently one of Timbé’s neighbours is a bit handy with the secateurs and took it upon himself to cut back some of the many agave plants. I thought it was an interesting pattern.

Agave  - not submitted

Agave – not submitted

Oz Nature & Music Debut

Photograph by Jesus Contreras

Photograph by Jesus Contreras

Last night was the debut performance of the Oz Nature & Music project; three slide-shows of photographs taken around the province of Almería by our good friend and project director Jesus Contreras were accompanied by live music. Firstly the beautiful flamenco guitar of Juanmi Requena followed by the solo saxophone of my good-self, both of these two sets were about 20 minutes long and the music was entirely improvised to suit the mood of the photographs. The third slide-show, also 20 minutes long, was accompanied by the music of both Juanmi and myself in a semi-improvised set.

There was a fantastic audience of just over 100 people who were very receptive to this new initiative for Almería. We are looking forward to more of the same and developing this idea further – Almería no es nuestro objetivo sino nuestra alma (Almería is not our goal but our soul).

Oz Nature & Music

Oz Nature & Music

Short video of some moments…

Cortijo la Luna

There is near Agua Amarga the most amazing bohemian cultural association who base themselves at a place called Cortijo la Luna. They meet at least each Saturday and arrange musical events, rastrillos (kind of mini-flea market) and provide the yummiest food at the most cheapest price you can imagine. Of course as there’s a musical element, you’ll find me there most weekends jamming with whoever else is there. This is a wonderful non-profit organisation really doing something for the community and I am proud to be part of it, well as far as playing my sax goes anyway…

Cortijo la Luna

Cortijo la Luna

Because I’m usually carrying my sax I tend not to take all my camera equipment, there’s only so much stress one back can take! Therefore all the photographs I have are either taken using my mobile phone or what other people, mostly Amber have taken.

Cortijo la Luna has a lovely relaxed atmosphere, the food is amazing, home-made and really good value. I have taken a number of people along and always have to stress that this place is NOT a bar, it is NOT a cafe, it is NOT a restaurant but it IS a beautiful community get-together that tends to attract the more “arty” musician types and artisans.

So, let’s talk about the music first, it’s usual to have a band or DJ booked for the afternoon on top of which a number of other musicians will turn up and play with whoever is there, often resulting in members of two or three bands playing together. In fact, I have been there when there has been a “scratch band” playing inside whilst three flamenco guitarists and singers have been belting out their sound on the stage outside and a DJ has been playing in the bar area – a truly wonderful, creative and inspiring environment.

Members of reggae band Global Warning

Members of reggae band Global Warning

House Djembe

House Djembe, primed and ready-to-go!

So next up is the rastrillo. Nothing goes to waste and recycling is alive, well and fully supported at Cortijo la Luna. Fairly often there is a table-top sale of clothing, children’s toys and all sorts of bric-a-brac including at times, hand-made / modified jewellery!

Hand-modified Clothing

Hand-modified Clothing

Children's toys

Children's toys

Costume jewellery

Costume jewellery

Cortijo la Luna is a lovely colourful place to be on a Saturday afternoon and for those looking for something different and alternative, a fantastic place to be – you will be welcomed with open arms having made new friends and the views are amazing 🙂

Cortijo la Luna

Cortijo la Luna

Cortijo la Luna

Cortijo la Luna

If you want to visit Cortijo la Luna you can find their Facebook page, add them as a friend and you will be kept up-to-date with their activities. The link is http://www.facebook.com/lunadoble.cortijolaluna, alternatively if you KNOW someone who is in the KNOW, you can get an invite this way…. nudge-nudge 🙂

Music in Almeria

…here are just a few of the many “pop” music videos made in the province of Almería 🙂

So are you gonna come and visit me and see why this is such a popular location for filming???

Depeche Mode – Personal Jesus

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Jamiroquai – Cosmic Girl

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Night of the Lamps

Noché de los Candiles
Noché de los Candiles

Every year towards the end of April, the beautiful Alpujarran village of Almócita hosts a strange and curious spectacle. At dusk, all the street lights are switched off and the whole village is lit by candles, lamps & fires. There are numerous small candle-lit stages dotted about the village where you can watch performance art and musical activities, there are street entertainers, exhibitions and street vendors. The festival commemorates a period of “black out” during WW2.

Almócita is located in a hollow between the slopes of Sierra Nevada and the Gador and a little way on from the village of Padules. It has narrow, winding streets and is divided in three zones or “barrios”; the Flats or the Jewish quarter, the Espeñuelas and Secanillo of the virgin. Almócita is steeped in folkloric traditions not only because of the characteristics and cultural roots it shares with the Alpujarras, but also with an added touch of its own – determined by the essence of its people.

Noché de los Candiles

Noché de los Candiles

During the evening we were treated to the sounds of the local choir, Los Trés Caños, who’s mission is the interpretation and the revival of the oral folk tradition of the municipality. It was founded in 2006 and the first public performance came at the Festival of Traditional Music of the Alpujarra held in the same year. Their music has a very medieval feel to it and the instruments included are recorder, guitar, violin, mandolin, tambourine and various objects that are shaken, hit or scraped, including an empty anís bottle!

Noché de los Candiles

Noché de los Candiles

Throughout the evening of Noché de los Candiles, the wind was wild and strong and sadly prevented some of the more delicate candles from being lit. Instead, the fires and flares that could be lit were either constantly extinguished by the wind or hot burning embers were being blown all over the place – quite dangerous actually but it didn’t dampen the “spirit” of the evening!

Most of the photographs I took during the course of the evening were using a hand-held camera for which I had to set the ISO really high resulting in a lot of noise – some of the photographs I feel are enhanced by this but some, I’ve tried to reduce the noise using software. So, here is a slide-show of some of the photos, I’ve kept some of the fire photographs back as I might make a feature of these 🙂

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