For the past seventeen years fans of the art of story-telling have had a rendezvous with the Harlem Jazz Club. On Saturday evenings the well-known series Contes i Cuentos has played host to a selection of the cream of the crop of story-tellers from Barcelona and beyond.
A new series begins this October and audiences will once again be presented with magical evenings featuring this ancestral art form - Japanese and Mexican tales, tales of terror, witches and warlocks, tales from India, tale with musical accompaniment... Tales to suit all tastes, but strictly for grown-ups.
On Saturday the 5th the series begins with L’anell de Rama, a session of stories, rhythms and sounds from India with Susanna Tornera as narrator, Ramón Rodríguez on percussion and Gianni Cavallaro on sitar. The series continues with Pájaro de Ceniza (Bird of Ashes) on the 12th, featuring Barcelona’s resident Japanese story-teller, Yoshi Hioki. The 19th sees the turn of women’s tales, Besos y Brujas (Kisses and Witches), with Lilly Story, which is included in the programme for the Munt de Mots (World of Words) festival, as is the following session, Pepitosolo, on the 26th, with Pepito Mateo. The final session in October, on the 27th, will provide a Latin American flavour with Cuentos y Boleros, featuring Mexican story teller Martha Escudero.
The 2nd of November will feature Martha Escudero once again, on this occasion with Historias de la Calavera Catrina, a selection of tales relating to the celebration of Mexico’s “Day of the Dead”. On the 9th, Assumpta Mercader will present Cuentos que acaban malamente o no (Tales that may or may not end badly) accompanied by María Carretero on the piano. Following this, on the 16th, there will be another session of horror stories with De Sueños y Pesadillas (Of Dreams and Nightmares), by story-telling duo Las2enpuntoyBlanco. On Saturday the 23rd, Fernando Martín will regale us with tales Entre lo tabú y lo sagrado (Between the taboo and the sacred) and, on the 30th, Naomi Caballer will present a fusion of story-telling and tango in Les bailo un cuento (Let me dance you a story), accompanied by a duo of dancers.
The December sessions begin on the 7th with Palabra cadabra at the hands of Venezuelan tale teller Rubén Martínez Santana and, on the 14th, Jordi Amenós will regale us with Cuentos para vivir mejor (Stories for a better life). On the 21st, Martha Escudero returns once again, this time with the suggestively titled session, El placer de lo sutil (The pleasure of the subtle) and, to ring out 2013, there is Sonoro y a color (Resonant and colourful) at the hands of Jose Luis Mellado on the 28th.
The New Year begins on the 4th with another session by Yoshi Hioki titled La Flor que Palpita (The pulsating flower) and, on the 11th, Cristina Serrat will present Historias de Ángeles y Demonios (Tales of Demons and Angels). Martha Escudero returns on the 18th with tales relating to the beauty and the beast and, on the 25th, German story-teller Monika Klose will present Un Viaje por el Mundo en Seis Cuentos (A Journey around the World in Six Tales).