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Europa bat-batean got underway this morning

A diverse bunch of improvised verse singing arts has been presented on the first day within UPV/EHU Summer Courses in Donostia. In the evening, the first show which was scheduled in the port will be performed in the aquarium due to the bad weather.

Europa bat-batean, the International Improvised Verse Singing Meeting which will be celebrated along all week has started today. From Monday to Friday, academic conferences will be held in the morning, within the UPV/EHU Summer Courses, and in the evening there will be performances in different locations of the city. The initiative is being carried out by Donostia 2016 and Mintzola Ahozko Lantegia.

The lecturers have been given at Caro Baroja hall in Miramar Palace. Karlos Aizpurua on behalf of Mintzola Ahozko Lantegia has welcomed the attendants and given the floor to Egoitz Zelaia who has presented the session today.

Josep Vicent Frechina has shown the richness of the improvised verse singing art in Catalan Countries, starting from albaes in Valencia to the cançons of ximbomba in Majorca, knowing as well the trovo, jota from Ebro and glosa. Frechina has underlined the recent recovery of the improvised verse singing in this region.

Thomas Nussbaumer, ethnomusicologist and PhD at Music University Mozarteum in Salzburg, has presented us the improvised verse singing from Austria, gstanzl. He has commented on its origins and explained that not only is it heard in celebrations, especially in weddings, but competitions are also organized. Besides, the Austrian gstanzlsägers Norbert Hauer and Hans Eder have given us a demonstration of their discipline.

José Sánchez Conesa has been the next lecturer. He has focused on the trovo from Cartagena, taking verses by Marín, Castillo, El Minero and other historical versers. Additionally, Sánchez Conesa has stood out Trovalia, a festival celebrated in Cartagena which gathers Spanish-speaking improvisers from all over the world.

Cypriot delegation members of Ktima folklore association, dressed in their traditional outfit, have talked about tsiattista. This art discipline has been acknowledged by UNESCO as intangible cultural heritage. The lecture given by Marios Poullas has been combined with the demonstration of the different types of singing they have.

2016-07-11 Beñat Krolem

The French researcher Thierry Rougier has moved us overseas to Brazil. Repente is alived in the northeast of the country and Rougier has shown its situation through the pictures and recordings gathered in the region.

Last but not least, Beñat Krolem has presented his exhibition Oholtza, bertsolaritza eta irudia (Scene, bertsolaritza and image). It is a project stem from the grant for the research of bertsolaritza promoted by Mintzola Ahozko Lantegia and Mikel Laboa Chair and distributed by Lanku. The exhibition which combines bertsolaritza with artistic forms will be open throughout the week in Miramar Palace.

Tomorrow, the second day will be based on the handing down from generation to generation regarding improvised verse singing.

The show, in the aquarium

Owing to the bad weather, the performance scheduled in the port will be finally held in the aquarium. The show will place on stage improvisers from Cyprus, Cuba and Wales, together with the bertsolaris from the Basque Country Amets Arzallus and Andoni Egaña. Performance starting time is at 19:00 and the entrances will be available in the ticket office for 10 euros.