Swing out this summer….


Classical music, world rhythms and Latin Jazz are only some of the sounds that will make Adeje swing this summer

This summer music is making its mark in Adeje with a series of terrific concerts lined up for the coming month. All of these concerts are taking place in the open air, in Golf Costa Adeje.

Il Divo will perform on June 15th, for the first time in Tenerife, as part of their 15th Anniversary “Timeless” tour. Songs of love and romance through the ages will be on the menu. Tickets are on sale through www.masaquilla.com.

From June 18th to 22nd jazzy sounds will also dominate, with the International Festival of Latin Jazz, Clazz Continental Latin Jazz taking place, bringing together top class figures in the field as well as some new local vocal artists. Clazz Club is the biggest jazz organisation in Europe and this is their first time here in the Canaries, where they will play in Adeje and in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Tickets online, www.tomaticket.es.

‘Ritmos del Mundo’ will also tee-off in Golf Costa Adeje, on June 22nd from midday, with a terrific line-up of artists – Rosalía, Nic Fanciulli, Cruz Cafuné Apolionia, and lots more – tickets on sale now, http://farraworld.com/entradas/.

For the second summer in a row the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra will offer a classical music concert on July 19th, under the baton of Mexican conductor Iván López Reynoso, and tenors Celso Albelo and Javier Camarena. Tickets, www.tomaticket.es


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Open air classical music concert in Adeje


Lyrical evening with the TSO and Davinia Rodríguez in Golf Costa Adeje

This July 13th the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra will play their first open air concert in South Tenerife, in Golf Costa Adeje. Organised by the Adeje council with the support of the regional department of Tourism, the orchestra will be conducted by Jader Bignamini, with Canarian soprano Davinia Rodríguez .

The concert, beginning at 9pm, reflects the Adeje council’s push to make sure that quality entertainment events are not just on offer for tourists through the ‘Happy Streets’ programme but also for residents, who will have a chance to see and hear the TSO live in the south.

The TSO is considered one of the best in Spain and also has played extensively abroad in Europe, the United States and Asia over the years. Of course it is also a cultural reference here in the islands.

Gran Canarian soprano Davinia Rodríguez has sung with some of the top opera singers in the world, including Jesús López Cobos, Plácido Domingo, James Conlon, Jeffrey Tate, Danoto Renzetti and many more. She has sung in all the great theatres in Spain, in Italy, China, and here in the Canary Islands.

Condustor Jader Bignamini is the resident conductor with the La Verdi Symphony Orchestra in Milan but has also wielded his baton with Symphony Orchestras in San Diego, Osaka, Detroit, Milwakee and this year has been busy touring South America.

The programme for the July 13th concert will feature works from Rossini, Verdi, Bizet, among others and the organisers are preparing a special stage setting which will allow the audience enjoy a spectacular sunset to live music in this very special setting.

Also participating in the production of the event are the Canarian government, the Cabildo of Tenerife and the Golf Costa Adeje club. Tickets are €15 and on sale https://www.tomaticket.es/entradas-sinfonica-de-tenerife.

The hope is that this will become a regular summer classic music event and the Adeje council will be looking to the TSO and other European bodies to offer the local public and visitors the kind of quality events that match the destination.




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Latin music weekend in Adeje


Lovers of Latin music are in for a real treat this Saturday with Juan Luis Guerra taking to the Golf Costa Adeje stage. The singer from the Dominican Republic, considered by many to be one of the top Latin American musicians of the day, returns to Adeje (his third time playing in South Tenerife) and will be preceded on stage by Cuban bank Orishas.
Juan Luis Guerra has sold over 30 million records, and won many Grammys and Latin Grammys. He belongs to a growing group of internationally recognised Latin artists and his popular style of merengue and Afro-Latin fusion has garnered him considerable success throughout Latin America. He does not limit himself to one style of music and incorporates diverse rhythms like merengue, bachata-fusion, balada, salsa, rock and roll, and even gospel.

Orishas, with two Latin Grammys under their musical belt, have been listed by TIME magazines in the top ten non-USA bands. While the group was born in Paris in 1998 they are, in essence, a hip hop group from Havana, Cuba. The band’s founding members are Yutuel Romera, Ruzzo Medina, Roldán González and Flaco-Pro and for this concert Yutuel, Ruzzo and Roldán will be joined on stage by two trombonists, a keyboard player, a percussionist and a DJ.
At a press conference earlier today the Adeje mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga mentioned the strong connection Guerra has to his Tenerife public adding that everyone was looking forward to an excellent event, part of the Adeje summer programme. He said it was important for visitors to Adeje to have these kind of complementary activities, “quality out-door events such as this one” to enhance their holiday experience. He added that this particular concert, of Latino music, “has a lot to do as well with our identity, our culture, our history”.

Tickets for the concert are on sale through Ticketmaster.es, Ticketea.com, canariasviaja.com, entrees.es and El Corte Ingles. The organisers have also said there will be tickets on sale on the day of the concert at the site from 5pm. According to organisers the show will feature top class sound and lighting and a number of giant screens to guarantee full views for all. Doors, by the Avenida Ayyto, will open to the public at 5pm with Orishas taking to the stage at 7pm and Juan Luis Guerra just before 9pm.

For security reasons children under 6 are not allowed to attend the concert and those between the ages of 6 and 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Concert-goers will not be allowed enter the zone with food, drink, selfie sticks, or items that might be potential weapons. The organisers also remind people that, as is the norm and for reasons of copyright, any photography or filming of the concert is strictly forbidden.

The concert is co-sponsored by the Adeje council, Cepsa and in collaboration with Golf Costa Adeje, Volkswagen, Sononpluss, Dorada sin con Limón and Pepsi Maz Zero

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She is who she is!

Gloria Gaynor, in Adeje: “I’ve wanted to sing in Tenerife for a long time”


In advance of her first ever concert in Tenerife, in the Adeje Las Torres pavilion, Gloria Gaynor, met the press with Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, who thanked her for picking Adeje for her first concert in Tenerife.

“For us this is an honour, that an artist of this calibre, who dominated an epoch of musical history, has chosen to come to Adeje for her first ever concert in Tenerife”, said the mayor. The singer said she had been in the islands on previous occasions but never in Tenerife, adding, “This is special for me and I am very happy to be here”.

Gloria Gaynor was in Tenerife as part of the Legends Live Canarias cycle, performing in Adeje last night (Friday May 26th) and in the Gran Canaria Arena in May 29th. Throughout her professional career she has sung in over 80 countries and as well as singing is a producer and songwriter, and a Grammy winner. In 2005 she was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame.

During the press conference the artist said she has always had a special relationship with Spain, and became very emotional answering questions about performing in this country, saying “I’m crying because this is a country I love, where I feel the love of the public, it’s marvellous”. She was also asked where she finds the energy to keep singing and performing, and she said it comes from the audience, adding that she was proud that some of her songs, including the one she said was her personal favourite, I Will Survive, had become anthems for movements such as the LGBIT community. “I hope through my songs I can transmit hope, courage and inspiration”, she said.

The mayor also referred to the fact that she was much more than a singer, hat she helped many through her charitable work and her music inspired integration, “and integration and equality is something we continue to work for in Adeje, where social harmony is more than a phrase, it is an essential value in our society”.

Finishing the conference, Gloria Gaynor said she would also be promoting her new album, Testimony during her concerts and asked the public to also visit her webpage (iwillsurvive.org) if they wanted to contribute to the charities she supported.

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Sports & music weekend mix

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Concerts, family Olympics, fun and leisure activities and lots of prizes throughout the weekend

This weekend Adeje council has organised Adeje Sport Music, a diverse two-day event on Friday April 17th and Saturday April 18th.
One of the headline events will be the family Olympics where teams of four, adults and children, will take on a series of challenges on Saturday, starting at 10am. Top prize is a weekend (half board) in the Warner Park in Madrid, courtesy of Halcon Viajes, as well as more some amazing prizes for the winning teams.

There is a huge range of events and open sporting activities taking place over the two days, among them a Rio challenge, with participants on linked exercise bikes hoping to clock up, between them, the 6,345 kilometres that separate Adeje and Rio de Janeiro, where the summer Olympics will be held next year. The bicycles will be in the Costa Adeje Centre for Tourism Development (CDTCA) with a kilometre counter linking all the machines.

Events kick off on Friday with a sports fair in the CDTCA followed the traditional Adeje school of music and dance Spring concert which will feature, among others, a performance by Roxy Rosario, who is currently appearing on La Voz (The Voice, Telecinco). This will be only a part of the 12 hours of sporting events taking place in both the CDTCA and surrounds, with spinning, Tai chi, yoga, games, health-related workshops, zumba, as well as bouncy castles for kids, etc.

The day draws to a close with a series of performances from the borough’s groups including the Tenerife Tigers, the EMMA dancers, the Capeoira Camugeré, the Hindu society and the Romanian Association followed by a prize giving ceremony.
Friday April 17

17:00h a 20:30h Sports Fair with company stands. CDTCA.

18:30h. Drug prevention workshop. CDTCA.

20:30h. Concert. CDTCA

Saturday April 18

09:00h a 10:00h. Master Classes inTai chi and Yoga. CDTCA.

09:00h a 10:00h. Register for Family Olympics. CDTCA.

10:00h a 13:00h. FAMILY OLYMPICS. Games zone, El Galeón

11:00h a 12:00h. Spinning Master Class Spinning. Avenida Palo Mayor

13:30h a 16:00h. Break.

17:00h. Health eating workshop. CDTCA.

16:00h a 19:00h. Children’s workshops El Galeón sports pavilion.

17:00h a 20:00h. Bouncy castles. Football grounds.

18:00h a 19:00h. Spinning Master Class. Avenida Palo Mayor.

19:00h a 20:30h. Zumba Master Class, El Galeón Sports Pavilion.

20:00h a 21:00h. Performances by dance groups on stage in the grounds of the CDTCA Traditional Russian, Tenerife Tigers, EMMA Dance troupe, Capoeira Camugeré collective, Hindu Community, Romanian Association, etc.

21:00h. Closing ceremony and prize giving).

Musical Chairs!

The Adeje School of Music and Dance, EMMA, under councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera along with the local department of Education, led by councillor Andrés Pérez Ramos, recently hosted the second in a series of learning concerts for young listeners with audiences from infant and primary classes from the borough and outside.

The main objective of the initiative is to bring music to the students of Adeje and South Tenerife and also introduce them to the fantastic resources available at the school of music. The concerts also hope to enhance the educational programmes of the schools taking part and encourage the use of music as a learning tool. .

Adolfo Alonso said, “this was a remarkable success. The students enjoyed themselves and had a lot of questions about the musical instruments that were used in the concert. What we want from this project is that young people begin to enjoy music in a different way”.

For this second event, given the number of students taking part, the day was held in two centres, the Adeje Cultural Centre and the School of Music itself, with students from Tijoco, Armeñime, Las Torres, Fañabé, Adeje schools and students from Luther King. The programme included a mini-concert with teachers from EMMA explaining the history and possible musical uses of each instrument, the wind, string, brass and metal families, etc.

The modern music section included keyboards, bass guitar, drums. sax and voice, was enjoyed by the children in primary school, while those in infants classes enjoyed an carnival of the animals, with a circus theme, each instrument playing a different animal.

Adeje Is Dancing To EMMA’s Tune


adeje live musicThe Adeje School of Music and Dance, or in Spanish La Escuela Municipal de Música y Danza de Adeje, EMMA, is undertaking a series of concerts in different cultural spaces in the borough throughout March under the title Adeje Live Music. According to councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera the initiative “ is designed to liven up the borough, offer the local public a series a concerts and at the same time give them the opportunity to get to know the quality of the work of the students and professors of the school and of the Municipal Band”.

The first concert will be in the Adeje Convent de San Fransisco on Friday March 7th at 8.30pm with the youth metal group from EMMA remembering “The Wonder Years”. On the play list are songs from Nowak, Blair, Sweeney, Mike Atory, Tito Puente, Paul Murtha and Mike Lewis. Pedro Vicente Jorge Lemes wields the baton, and the tickets are de 5 euros.

The following concert is on Saturday March 22 in the Plaza de Los Olivos. This concert is performed by the Adeje Municipal Band and starts at 8pm, free entrance.

The final musical date for March is also in the Convent at 8pm on Saturday March 29th. This brings together students and professors of piano and voice who will perform “The Memory Corner, a delightful selection of melodies by distinguished artistes such as Evangelina Sobredo Galanes, Consuelito Velázquez, Juan Carlos Calderón, Álvaro Carrillo, Camilo Blanes Cortés, Lucio Battisiti, Armando Manzanero, Pablo López, Juan de Dión Filiberto y Gabino Coria Peñalosa, César Portillo de la Luz, Rudy Pérez and José Feliciano. Tickets are 5 euros.

The Voice of Adeje

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Adeje’s school of music, the EMMA, has confirmed that one of their students, Ainoha, will be in the final casting of Telecinco’s La Voz (The Voice) programme so will be performing live soon on the popular national programme.
Adeje’s mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, was delighted at the news and said “we are very proud indeed at this example of Adeje’s young talent which is being recognised beyond the borough…Ainoha is an outstanding student in our municipal school of music which has many other young students showing great promise, students that I am sure we will all be hearing about in the future. Ainoha deserves this recognition because it is as a result of her determination. She is a modest girl, very active in Adeje, singing at local events, as a soloist she sang at the Easter Passion procession playing Mary Magdalene. She is always ready to help, lending her voice wherever it is needed. We send her our congratulations and our full support.”
According to sources in Telecinco the young Adeje singer has surprised participants, coaches and press with her amazing singing voice, La Voz returns to air on September 16th, next Monday, with guest coaches such as Rosario Flores, David Bisbal, Malú and Antonio Orozco.
You can watch the clip of her fabulous audition here: http://www.telecinco.es/lavoz/voz-edicion-2/conoce-ainhoa-anos-tenerife_2_1666905051.html


Musical chairs?

Representatives from the borough's schools meet with the council and the school of music to discuss details

Representatives from the borough’s schools meet with the council and the school of music to discuss details

Delighted at the announcement of a series of educational concerts by the Municipal school of music and dance for our children in Adeje, in partnership with local primary and secondary schools and Adeje council.

There will be three concerts to introduce children to the world of music, instruments and the excellent School of Music and Dance we have here in Adeje.  The move is in  consultation with local schools  and none of the activities will interfere with classes, but hopefully will let the children discover a whole new way of expressing themselves.

I will post more details in the blog later and dates of the concert when they become available.


Music to my ears!

Adeje's cultural councillor, Nayra Medina

Adeje’s cultural councillor, Nayra Medina


Music to my ears

This Thursday in the Convento de Adeje (just beside the Town Hall) there is a free concert of chamber music courtesy of the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, at 8pm.

The piece chosen for the performance by Graupner, Martin and Mendelssohn, and are all string instrument compositions.

Local cultural councillor Nayra Medina Bethencourt said it was terrific that Adeje has been included in the series of chamber music concerts and everyone who can is urged to attend.  The Convent building is also an super choice of location with excellent acoustics for concerts of this nature.