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Concert : Marianne Faithfull’s concert. Simply fabulous

Golden jubilee for the rock&roll icon who celebrates her 50th anniversary on stage with a world tour. The celebration coincides with the release of her new album ‘Give my love to London’. Without a doubt one of her best albums since ‘Broken English’ in 1979. The beautifully balanced and rhythmical record, alternating soft and energetic songs, was widely praised by the London media.

Dance and Music : Angel Corella and Ara Malikian


The first is graceful and aerial, while the second is vivid and impish. When a ballet dancer unlikely meets a violonist, the result is a beautiful  project: A+A. 
These two charismatic and award-winning artists join in body and soul to start the show. Malikian spins around Corella at the sound of his violin and gets so carried away that he starts dancing himself. Both are gradually joined by their respective teams of musicians and dancers. Angel Corella’s company and Ara Malikian’s  string orchestra equally share the stage. A one-of-a-kind show for the whole family you will not want to miss!


CONCERT : November will be jazzy

You won’t be able to avoid it. Madrid is housing the international jazz festival and for the occasion, the French Institute has invited three bands of talented musicians. All of them have in common to be at the forefront of the art by using such unusual instruments as the electric guitar, chromatic harmonica or   accordeon.

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Gustav Malher's 5th Symphony at Teatros del Canal

Teatros del Canal presents Gustav Mahler's 5th Symphony, played by Orquesta Sinfónica de la Jorcam.
One of Mahler's masterpieces, brought into public eye by Luchino Visconti and his "Death in Venice" (1971) movie.

Clazz Continental Latin Jazz

The festival of Latin Jazz returns to the Teatros del Canal. Starting June 27th, the legendary, jazz-pianist Eddie Palmieri will perform with the Afro-Caribbean Jazz All StarsEd. Then June 28th, a 7-piece band will perform Latin jazz music for contemporary dance performance called New York Story. The third day of the festival, June 29th, is all about fusion. The Afro-Cuban beats of Omar Sosa will be partnered with the flamenco sounds of Colina , Miralta, Sanbeat, and CMS Trío con Chicuelo. The finale performance will be a tribute to the Cuban singer, Celia Cruz on the 10th anniversary of her death. The grand performance on June 30th will end the Latin Jazz festival with the connection of the past to the contemporary jazz scene through the celebration of the vivacious life of Celia Cruz.

Festival of Fado (Portugese Music)

The origins of the Portugese Fado music and somewhat of a mystery. It is believed to have started in the 1820's and is characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics, often about the sea, friendship or the life of the poor. The word Fado means destiny or fate. The Teatros de Canal will hold its 3rd annual Fado festival filled with concerts, movies, conversations and an exposition of the history. 

Black is Back, Soul Weekend at Matadero

Don't miss the second edition of the soul festival in the Matadero Cultural Center. There is a full line-up of soul music for people of all ages to enjoy. There will be upcoming artists, such as Nicole Willis & The U.S. Soul Investigators from Australia, and world-renowned artists, such as Irma Thomas, the "The Soul Queen Of New Orleans". Irma Thomas won the Grammy Award for best contemporary blues album in 2007, but this will be her first time singing in Spain. Concerts will start at 6:30pm on Saturday, June 15th. Sunday, June 16th there will be workshops for children by Voices Foundation (tickets sold separately) from 11:30am to 2:00pm. Concerts will begin on Sunday after the workshops at 2:15pm.

Fabrik 10th Anniversary

The largest club around Madrid will showcase some of the best DJs this month to celebrate their 10th anniversary. Don't miss June 14th when David Guetta will be playing. Other reknowned DJs include Carl Cox, Axwell and GOA.  According to British magazine DJmag, Fabrik won the title of the second club on their list of the top 100 clubs in the world. In 2012, Fabrik continued in the top five clubs and currently occupies the number four spot. The club holds up to 10,000 participants. Because the venue is on the outskirts of Madrid, the music is played at its loudest, so you definitely will hear every note.

Festimad 2M – Biodiversidad Musical

This festival has been running since 1995 and celebrates the emerging talents of rock, pop, and electronic music. The festival holds various events so you can enjoy new sensations, new sounds, and new artists, many of which are free to the public. The festival also includes a section for kids and teenagers younger than 18 years old, called Festimad Si Menor. This year’s festival has more than 50 concerts with 59 local bands of Madrid. Concerts will be held in 25 scenic areas, including: La Esfera at the Alcobendas Municipal Center, where on May 4th they will celebrate 'Festi Madtaste - Factory Young Community of Madrid’ the annual musical competition for young talent. Entry is free with invitation given for a voluntary donation of a Kilo of food for the municipal food program "We Fill Pantry (Llenamos Despensa )".

Madrid Jazz Festival

No jazz fan should miss this annual world class festival staged in various venues in Madrid, in particular in Teatro Fernán Gómez, Teatro Circo Price and Conde Duque. Highlights include performances by the famous Cuban pianist Omar Sosa and Sardinian trumpeter Paolo Fresu, Cowboy Junkies, the Larry Martin Band, Oscar de Leon and don't forget Patti Smith.