Source to Sea: ‘Living Symphonies’. An immersive sound installation by James Bulley and Daniel Jones based upon the forest ecosystem.
A fine end to the Easter break with a trip to Cines Verdi in Gràcia to watch ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ (original version with subtitles in Spanish.) Think Barcelona’s version of the Screen on the Green in Islington, and a great film. Ralph Fiennes is wonderful, and perfect for that special English mix of cringing obsequiousness and sleazy charm which fluctuates between high camp and earthy vulgarity. All the reviews about Wes Anderson’s visual style are indeed true, but it’s the story that really captivates. A sweet tale about friendship, loneliness, loyalty and not belonging. His best film since ‘The Darjeeling Limited’.
There’s been plenty of sporting action over the last few days including ‘invitaciones’ for Barça against Athletic Club from Bilbao. Definitely the best match I’ve been to at Camp Nou so far and nail-biting throughout as Bilbao were fierce opponents. Barça scrapped through 2-1 with Messi scoring a brilliant free kick. The Champions League and el Copa del Rey may be gone, but there’s a still an outside chance of La Liga.
On the basketball front, FC Barcelona beat Galatasaray Liv Hospital 3-0 in the Euroleague playoffs to make it into the semi-finals. Tickets for the first leg at Palau Blaugrana provided an entertaining evening with a final score of 88-61, and Jacob Pullen and Joey Dorsey were a deadly combination. The crowd were pretty lively too.
Lunes de Pascua 2014: as divine as ever, ‘Another World’ by Antony and the Johnsons. Somehow appropriate for a wet and misty Easter Monday. His music grows with every listen, and ‘Epilepsy Is Dancing’ is another current favourite of mine.
Saturday morning discovery: Parc de Monterols between C/ Muntaner and C/ Balmes. A pretty hilltop park with twisting paths through trees and bushes, and a haven of tranquility in the midst of the city. Check out http://bit.ly/1kPrIu8
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Sound of the Procesiones del Viernes Santo (3): Good Friday procession winding through the streets of the Gothic Quarter. Field recording, el Barrio Gótico, 18 April 2014.