Only four musicians in the world own a violin with sympathetic strings made by the Catalan luthier Ricard Margarit. These violinists are exceptional individuals, making extraordinary music. Contribute to the making of an independent documentary about their inspirational sounds and hear them live in exclusive concerts in Barcelona. The Swiss violinist and composer Paul Giger is one of these four featured musicians. Putting his violins through their paces to obtain their maximum expression and diversity of sound, Giger’s compositions are able to astound the most seasoned listeners. Don’t miss him in Barcelona.
Gain access to the programmed events by participating in our crowdfunding campaign from February 17th to March 29th 2014.
Possibly one of the greatest, most proficient and creative violinists in the world
Part of the aura of deep peace that emanates from Paul Giger is no doubt due, in part, to his sense of belonging. Native to Appenzell, in the easternmost reaches of Switzerland bordering with Austria, Giger embraces the nature, people and traditions of this bucolic land to such an extent that they have come to define his own music and identity.
Incessantly meditating on life and death, Giger chooses to express his personal vision of the universe on a violin, favouring churches as venues for his public performances; not just for the play of resonance, but also because of the way that sacred spaces determine a certain attitude both in the musician and listener.
Barcelona concert & screening Thursday April 10th 2014 at 19:30
Santes Creus Concert Saturday April 12th 2014 at 17:30
Buying need to be made in advance
Barcelona concert & screening Exclusive Persimpatia concert and documentary screening to be held in the Sala Paranimf in the historic building of the University of Barcelona. Paul Giger and the harpsichordist Marie-Louise Dähler will treat the audience to an incomparable performance in which four different violins, two made by Ricard Margarit, will be played. Hot-off-the-press images filmed in Switzerland to be screened beforehand. Musicians: Paul Giger (violin) and Marie-Louise Dähler (harpsichord) Date: Thursday 10th April 2014Time: 19:30 - 21:30 Place: Sala Paranimf at the University of Barcelona (historic building). Gran Via Corts Catalanes, 585 (Pl. Universitat). Metro L1/L2 Universitat. Price: Tickets 25€ each- pay by credit card or PayPal through this website only. Tickets can’t be sold on the door. Ticket pick-up: All tickets to be collected on the day, at concert venue.
Santes Creus Monastery concert This stunning 12th century monastic ensemble, which is just a stone’s throw away from Ricard Margarit’s workshop, will be the venue for the second exclusive Persimpatia concert. As a musician in search of resonance, Paul Giger will be in his element in the church at Santes Creus. Together with the harpsichordist Marie-Louise Dähler, Giger will play a line-up of his own compositions using four different violins, including two made by Ricard Margarit. Musicians: Paul Giger (violin) and Marie-Louise Dähler (harpsichord) Date: Saturday 12th April 2014Time: 17:30 - 19:30 Place: Church at the Santes Creus Monastery. Tarragona. Price: Tickets 25€ each- pay by credit card or PayPal through this website only. Tickets can’t be sold on the door. Ticket pick-up: All tickets to be collected on the day, at concert venue.
Paul Giger Masterclass Tuesday 8th April 2014, 12:00 - 14:00
Bookings need to be made in advance. Price: free, limited places
Con la colaboración del departamento de Música Tradicional del ESMUC, en el marco del Master en Flamenco.
Whether you’re a passionate music aficionado or a professional player of a bowed string instrument, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to engage with one of the greatest, most proficient and creative violinists in the world. This Swiss maestro will share his diligently acquired knowledge and experience about overtones and extended techniques.
You’ll also have the opportunity to hear and see various violins with sympathetic strings, compare their resonance, learn how they’re tuned and see what an astonishingly wide range of sounds can be created on a violin.
* The class will be given in English.
Place: ESMUC Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya. C/Padilla, 155 (L’Auditori) 08013 Barcelona. Metro: Line 1: Marina i Glòries or line 2: Monumental. Tram: Trambesòs (line T4): Auditori-Teatre Nacional. Bus: 6, 7, V21, H12, 62
If you missed the first part of the Persimpatia documentary with the Hungarian violinist Zoltán Lantos you can now see it by making a minimum donation of 20€ (PayPal or credit card).
What is Persimpatia?Persimpatia is a project about singularity that revolves around four unique violins. These instruments, which were designed to add the resonance found on a traditional Indian sarangi or sarod to a classical European violin body, have five standard strings and as many as 18 additional strings that vibrate in sympathy. Ricard Margarit, the maverick luthier is sadly no longer with us, so it’ll be the task of the violinists who play them to tell the tale. All four are exceptional musicians making extraordinary music and we want to make them better known to society, through a documentary film and series of parallel concerts in Barcelona.Who are the four violinists?Paul Giger (Switzerland), Dr. L. Subramaniam (India), Zoltán Lantos (Hungary) & Ernesto Briceño (Venezuela).
What have we achieved so far?Part one of the Persimpatia project with the Hungarian violinist Zoltán Lantos was successfully completed in summer 2013, thanks to a crowdfunding campaign in which more than 13,000€ was raised. We organized a concert with Zoltán Lantos in the Auditori del Conservatori del Liceu in Barcelona.What stage are we at now?We’re currently preparing the second part of the project with the Swiss violinist and composer Paul Giger. We have already secured the support of prestigious institutions such as the Swiss Consulate in Barcelona, the Swiss Arts Council Pro-Helvetia, and the University of Barcelona.When can I see the finished documentary?This is an independent project financed through crowdfunding, so if all goes to plan the film should be finished by December 2014. If you donate to the Persimpatia project, you’ll be able to see exclusive clips from the film before its general release.
CHRIS & MARINA DARBY, CHRISTINE AGNES, Mª ANGELES CREIXELL, JORDI MARGARIT, SAMUEL MARGARIT, MATEO MARTÍNEZ, MILA MARTÍNEZ, JAVIER MARTÍNEZ, LUISA VILLARROYA, ERNESTO BRICEÑO, ORIOL ASENSIO, LOURDES PFEIFFER, DANIEL BATLLE, MARIANO GONZALVO, MARTA PÉREZ DE LEÓN, ADA FERRER & XAVI RAMOS, ANTONIA DUEÑAS, ALBERTO GONZÁLEZ
with the support of
Guillermo Asensio | Emma Darby firstname.lastname@example.org