Música Imaginaria (Imaginary Music) is the result of the carte blanche granted to Baldo Martínez by the Vitoria Jazz Festival and revolves around his musical universe, from the most archaic folklore to free improvisation in its purest form, passing through contemporary European Jazz—a space where Martínez developed a significant part of his music.
The title of this project, "Imaginary Music," is not random. It stems from that imaginary space that we all possess: imagination, one of the great capacities of the human being. It is something that enables us to travel wherever we want, be whatever we want to be, and conceive a world tailored to our liking. It is our space, one that only we can transform and, if we wish, isolate ourselves in or, when desired, share with others.
We imagine music and bring it to life, envisioning how it will sound with this or that instrument, with this or that musician, how instruments will interact—be it between two instruments, three, or a whole orchestra—how this compositional idea will sound, and what we will create in an improvisation.
This is the origin from which we start in Música Imaginaria, imagination, the driving force behind everything we create with sound—the music.
Música Imaginaria is inspired by various currents of the jazz avant-garde. On the one hand, the American, with reference points like Tim Berne, Sylvie Courvoisier & Mark Feldman, and a significant part of the movement around the figure of John Zorn. On the other hand, European currents of contemporary jazz, such as the recent works of Swiss drummer Daniel Humair, where the accordion takes on great importance, just like in this project of Imaginary Music. It creates a bridge between traditional-folklore music and contemporary music, as seen in the cases of Jean-Louis Matinier or Vincent Peirani, who collaborates with the aforementioned Humair. Other influential musicians in this music include Henry Texier, Louis Sclavis, or Arild Andersen.
Música Imaginaria features six prominent musicians from the Iberian jazz scene with a significant presence in contemporary European Jazz—a meticulous selection based on both their instruments and creative capacity.
On July 5, 2023, it premiered in concert on the main stage of the Vitoria Jazz Festival, warmly received by the audience as a pleasant surprise, as reflected in the entirety of the specialized press.
Joâo Barradas / Accordion
Andrés Coll / Vibraphone and Marimba
Julián Sánchez / Trumpet and Horn
Juan Saiz / Saxophones and Flute
Lucía Martínez / Drums and percussion
Baldo Martínez / Double Bass, composition and direction
About concert at Vitoria Jazz Festival