Carmela Visone & The Grooves and Imazighen will play at the Sala de Cámara, while Matt Reverb performs at the Hall

Auditorio de Tenerife, a venue under the Department of Culture of the Cabildo de Tenerife run by councillor Enrique Arriaga, is hosting three of the concerts of the 12th Canarias Jazz Showroom, a leading event featuring groups from the island. Carmela Visone & The Grooves are playing on Friday, the 9th and Imazighen on Saturday, the 10th. Both concerts start at 7:30 pm in the Sala de Cámara. The Swing Fest closes the showroom with Matt Reverb. Tickets are available on at a general rate of 10 euros with discounts available. 

The showroom opens with Carmela Visone & The Grooves, a group that has played jazz, blues, R&B, Funk and Samba since 2015. They are currently immersed in a new music project, recording new songs, experimenting with new sounds with the collaboration of other musicians including Sissi del Castillo, percussion; Oscar Hernández (trumpet) and Fran Rodríguez, saxophone, always loyal to the group’s personal brand. A gospel choir brought the first two members together, Carmela Visone and Pablo Díaz (keyboard), who were later joined by Jonás Álvarez (drums).

Imazighen makes Gnawa music, one of the main genres of Morocco’s folklore. It is very rhythmic and has a characteristic chant in which the main voice makes invocations that are answered by the choir, on a simple melody played with a guembri. The band plays this music with respect for tradition, but they allow it to blend with more current trends such as jazz, rock, or even other roots music.  The instruments used include the guembri, a three-string instrument with a bass sound; the tbel, a drum played with a curved stick; and qraqeb, the characteristic metal castanets.

Admission to the Swing Fest is free but there is a limited number of seats available. It is held at the Auditorio’s lobby and is a tribute to swing, jazz manouche and the style as a whole that emerged in the US in the 1930s and translated into a culture that included music, dance, clothes, food, etc. and above all joie de vivre.  The star this year is Matt Reverb, a Canarian-German musician who lives in Tenerife. The Showroom‘s programme includes swing, so Reverb is playing some of his songs adapted for the occasion, plus classical swing pieces with his own arrangements. 

Tickets for Carmela Visone & The Grooves e Imazighen concerts can be booked via the websitewww.auditoriodetenerife.comand by telephone on 902  317 327 Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, except holidays. You can also make an appointment to come to the box office on// on 922 568 625, where they can also answer all your queries Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, except holidays.

Audience members are kindly asked to come to Auditorio early enough to enter the theatre gradually. On buying the tickets, users accept the measures implemented at this Cabildo cultural centre to tackle COVID-19, such as wearing a face mask or coming only with people you live with. The full measures and the AENOR-certified contingency plan are available on Auditorio’s website. Both the GastroMag and the car park are open to the public. 

Canarias Jazz Showroom started in 2008 so this is its 12th year running. In this time, groups have played on stages both on the islands and abroad, having travelled to Tenerife, Gran Canaria, La Palma, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, El Hierro, Madrid, Barcelona, London, Brussels, and Maastricht. 

Canarias Jazz Showroom aims to give a chance to all Canarian creators to exhibit their work, get the public to meet them and encourage Canarian artists and groups, boosting their work forward.