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Las Coincidencias

Por Jorge Fuentes

Propongo que no existen las coincidencias: desde España, el dueto Zopli2 (“soplidos”) visita New Orleans, con una breve escala en New York, para presentarnos la música del mundo, mientras se dirigen a México. Clara Gallardo y Joaquín Sánchez, los artistas que lo integran, comenzaron a tocar el clarinete a los 8 años de edad; a los dos les apasionan las flautas y otros instrumentos de viento, y la música folclórica de todas partes del mundo; ambos son de Málaga, pero apenas se conocieron en diciembre del año pasado, luego que Clara terminara su carrera en un conservatorio de Holanda.

Desde entonces, comenzaron a trabajar de forma intensiva, ensayando 12 horas al día, para culminaren su primera actuación a principios de enero, en Granada. Al verlos tocar, una persona del público les dijo que ella también era músico profesional y que viva en New Orleans, y que además conocía un lugar idóneo para que ellos presentaran sus temas de música improvisada.

Es por esto por lo que visitan el local Side-Bar Nola justo antes del Jazz Fest. Joaquín es un reconocido multi-instrumentalista y entre sus varios proyectos se encuentra el grupo Vibra-Tó, que consiste en hacer música con instrumentos fabricados con materiales huecos reciclados. “Es un reto,” dice Joaquín, quien afirma que la improvisación en sus temas coincide con una de las características de nuestra música criolla--el jazz—pero que para el concepto del grupo se preparan para “acompañar y llenar espacios” cuando solo hay dos personas realizando todos los sonidos. Vale resaltar una pieza en la que los dos tocan... ¡una sola flauta!

No fue coincidencia disfrutar del talento de Zopli2 en el Side Bar Nola, alrededor del Jazz Fest, una época que nos trae el mejor talento del mundo a nuestra ciudad musical.

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And yes, as happy as New Orleanians were for being spared by the threatening storm, the assistance and aid efforts began almost immediately. This is what makes our city so special. We are fun, we party, we eat, we drink and be merry. But even during economic hard times where many businesses are still struggling to stay afloat, workers are still jobless, or their hours have diminished, even when tourism isn’t back, the people of New Orleans have organized to welcome the evacuees from Lake Charles, to offer them a hot meal, to bring them supplies.

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