5.Taller de Músics Barcelona
“…converting the street to a square, they kept the nameand next to the new sign is still the old one:“Calle de la Duda, Distrito III”. This allows us to go on livingnext to doubt (dubte in Catalan, duda in Spanish),which is a condition for keeping learning.”
Founder and Director-General of Taller de Músics Barcelona
una escola. un barri. una ciutat.
Everything started in the Raval district
, in the “Ciutat Vella”, the old part of the city of Barcelona, in a rather small ground-floor warehouse that had formerly served to store books.
The yard in front of the School is a public place and that has marked its relationship with theneighbourhood. It is an “agora” in the old style, a meeting place within an area in which, notlong ago, many people were still living on the margin of society.
When Taller de Músicsbegan its activities in the autumn of 1979
, the Catalan musicalindustry was going through a metamorphosis of considerable degree, evidenced by themassive transfer of its decision making and production centres to Madrid. As an inevitableresult of this situation, musical creativity in Catalonia experienced a profound shake-up andthe pop and jazz musicians in the region went into hibernation or undertook professionalretraining, which transformed a whole generation artistically cut short, into another made upof dedicated teachers.In parallel with that, there was in Barcelona at that time a multitude of foreign musiciansfrom very different places: from Germany, Yugoslavia, Japan and, predominantly, South
Lluís Cabrera, “
”: an article appeared on the magazine of the municipality of Barcelona andavailable on its internet website.
SGA (General Association of Authors) have shot a film on the Taller history in 2005.
“It was in the year 1979 and very few people had faith in the future of such an atypical Music School, whichgathered into a small, rather uncomfortable space no less than three classrooms, one secretary and a bunch of students aged between twenty-five and thirty.” (taken from “
Barcelona Metropolis Mediterrania
” n. 44,available on the website)
“From the Taller de Músics we can explain the influence our organisation has had since 1979 in the changesand transformations experienced in the triangle formed by the Príncep de Viana, Requesens and Cendra streets,in the area bordering with Ronda de Sant Antoni, Riera Alta and Sant Antoni Abat. Twenty-five years ago, thisenclave was still known as belonging to Barcelona’s “barrio chino”. The Taller is basically a music school but itis also a bar club (Jazz Sí), a record company, an artistic production company as well as a group deeply rootedfrom its very start-off in the neighbourhood’s social problems and its wish for progressing and achieving all thathas to do with human relations in a quarter that was on the brink of marginalisation.” (Lluís Cabrera, “
The name means ‘Music Workshop’: “The idea was to set up a workshop in the old style, one of thoseworkshops where you registered as an apprentice and were trained to become a skilled worker.” (Lluís Cabrera,“