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The 15th Fira Mediterrània of Manresa, the Centre Artesà Tradicionàrius in Gràcia and the publishing house Enderrock Group is opening the fifteenth Sons de la Mediterrània Competition for submissions, addressed to groups or soloists that perform folk music or music with Mediterranean roots, either in Catalan or instrumental music. Priority will be given to submissions that contribute to the revival of musicians performing music with Mediterranean roots, especially emerging artists.
2012/05/28 10:44:00 Europe/Madrid

The 15th Fira Mediterrània of Manresa, the Centre Artesà Tradicionàrius in Gràcia and the publishing house Enderrock Group is opening the fifteenth Sons de la Mediterrània Competition for submissions, addressed to groups or soloists that perform folk music or music with Mediterranean roots, either in Catalan or instrumental music. Priority will be given to submissions that contribute to the revival of musicians performing music with Mediterranean roots, especially emerging artists.

Participating groups or soloists must present a minimum of four pieces, either originals or covers by registering at the website www.concurssons.cat. Participants must also include the names of all group members, a short history of the group, the lyrics of the songs presented, contact email and telephone number, a recent photo and the name of the piece’s author. Groups or soloists that already have a record label contract cannot enter the competition.

The call for submissions closes on 31 May 2011. Four groups will be selected out of all the submissions received, which will move into the finalist round.

The Finals at 15th Fira Mediterrània of Manresa

The jury will bring together a select group of music professionals and specialists in the city of Manresa, where the finalist round will be held, coinciding with the fifteenth edition of Fira Mediterrània. The jury will be made up of staff members from the magazine Sons de la Mediterrània, the Centre Artesà Tradicionàrius of Gràcia, Fira Mediterrània of Manresa, Festacarrer of Ondara (Valencia), iCat fm and La Sonora (TVC).

The groups participating in the finalist round will appear for the first time in the Fira’s professional catalogue, programme and website. The final decision will be announced at Fira Mediterrània.

The prize

The winning group will receive a 3,000-euro advertising campaign from the magazine Sons de la Mediterrània and the radio station iCat FM, the recording of an album and record company contract, promotion in the magazine Sons de la Mediterrània and a tour in 2013 with five shows that will include the Tradicionàrius Festival, the 16th Fira Mediterrània of Manresa, the Circuit Folc, Dansàneu / Escola de Dansa i Música of Esterri d’Àneu 2013 and the Escola de la Festa of Llívia 2013, and Festacarrer of Ondara 2013. The shows performed by the prize winners will be paid with the travel expenses and the backline.

The winner of the 2011 edition of Concurs Sons is Riu, a group from Baix Llobregat which combines a repertoire of Catalan tradition with structures of Celtic music. Tazzuff from Barcelona won the 2010 edition with their folk touching on other genres such as jazz, flamenco and rumba with an innovative and experimental air. The Amansalva quartet won the 2009 edition, with musicians from Catalonia, Valencia and the Balearic Islands, and their traditional repertoire from throughout Catalonia. In 2008, Grollers de Sa Factoria from Mallorca won the award with their combination devoid of complexes of traditional and modern instruments and popular songs, together with their owncrazy compositions.

Groups may submit their proposals by sending them to the email sons@enderrock.cat or by signing up on the website www.concurssons.cat