On the second half of May 2015, my husband and I had the chance to step outside of the rumba of our busy lives to fly down to the Canary Islands – Tenerife, to be more specific – and take in some Atlantic sea and mountain air.
We were scheduled to play in the Jazz Festival at San Cristóbal de La Laguna that weekend, along with three talented musicians residing in the Canaries, and then follow it up by an open masterclass at the Leal Theater.
We did something we almost never do, and that was book extra days ahead of our planned activity so we could have a short spell of relaxation and practice at being just plain ol’ tourists. There was a lot to explore on the island of Tenerife for our three days; we were driving from mountain to coast to mountain in our little rented car, visiting pueblos, and getting to know this gorgeous island off the coast of the African continent. (And seeing more banana plantations than I would have ever expected!)
Our hotel was actually in the town of San Cristóbal de La Laguna (normally just called “La Laguna”) which is an elevated city on the northern part of the island, located on what was formerly a lake. This town is still considered the cultural capital of the Canary Islands and I found it’s charm quite addictive.
Later in the week we started rehearsing with the three musicians who would make up the totality of our quintet. This was our lineup:
The day before the concert, we drove down to the southern side of the island to another beautiful hillside town, called Adeje, where the radio station Radio Sur was. There we both had an interview with the presentation, Hector Martin, in his jazz program, “Cancion a Quemaropa”. (This was my second interview with him that month, the first one was online.)
This festival is in its 3rd year, bringing in artists from every corner of the world to perform on a professional stage set up on the outer courtyard of a convent in the center of town.
It was a great night and that hour passed like lightning!
The next morning was equally as important: the masterclass in the Leal Theater. It was organized by Mousike and I had never had a masterclass with such a professional audio and camera crew setting everything up. Chapeau!
Immediately after, there was time for a quick lunch with the whole crew at the Tasca Oregano. The food was wonderful, but there was so much love at the table with our new friends, that I hardly remember what I ate.
I miss them all. (Thank God for Facebook contact!)
What a weekend! What a week!