Diana Krall fuses jazz and bossanova in Calella de Palafrugell

Internationally acclaimed musical and cultural events are commonplace in summer time on the Costa Brava, including must-see festivals, such as the Jardins de Cap Roig


August 2, 2010 11:39 PM

This weekend, the celebrated Canadian jazz musician Diana Krall presented her twelfth album, “Quiet nights”, at the Jardins de Cap Roig Festival in Palafrugell. With Brazil's bossanova as a musical point of reference, Krall performed a new series of songs in one of the Costa Brava’s benchmark cultural events of the summer season. The auditorium of the Botanical Gardens of Caixa Girona was completely sold out.


Up to 2,000 people saw and listened to Krall's enchanting tones in Palafrugell. She presented her newest bossanova's themes and mixed them with her classical hits. On stage, Krall was on piano, with guitarist Anthony Wilson, bassist Robert Hurst and drummer Karriem Riggins. The concert was the only one by Krall in Catalonia, and is part of her world tour. The tickets were already sold-out in May, three months before the concert.

Summer time is cultural time on the Costa Brava. Tens of festivals with longstanding traditions and high quality programmes are organized across the northern coastline of Catalonia. The events bring together nationally and internationally recognised artists, whose quality music is enthusiastically received by the public.

The Jardins de Cap Roig Festival, in Calella de Palafrugell, is a must-see amongst cultural events on the Costa Brava. With a wide variety of offerings, mixing dance, world music, opera, jazz and classical music, the event has very broad appeal. The seaside botanical gardens in the town are also an exceptional location, helping to create the cultural atmosphere that both organizers and visitors alike seem to be looking for. Herbie Hancock, Diana Krall, Sinnead O'Connor, Roger Hodgson or Julio Iglesias are just some of the figures on the Calella de Palafrugell programme this year. To top it all, the renowned French singer and songwriter Charles Aznavour will close the event on 17 August.

Similarly, the Perelada Castle Festival –internationally recognized for its high-quality operas, operettas, ballet dancing and symphonic concerts- offers a new opportunity for visitors to enjoy culture in an emblematic spot. Now organizing the 48th festival in the series, the Portaferrada Festival, in Sant Feliu de Guíxols, is the oldest in Catalonia. All over Catalonia this summer locals and tourists can experience live performances from national newcomers and internationally renowned artists. The cultural potential of the Costa Brava really does speak for itself.