Amor i ràbia (Love and Rage) is an album inspired by the people and things that I love. However, it is also my own way to express my rage towards the injustices that occur in the world and in my own country, Catalonia. The album will have 10 songs, some of which will have my own lyrics and music, and others will have lyrics written by my father, the poet Pere Rovira. During the upcoming months I will work intensely with arranger and producer Jose Ramon Madrid and with several other top musicians to record an album where hopefully each song will shine with its own light. Would you like to join me on this adventure?
How will Amor i ràbia sound?
I am trying to create a timeless and classic sound for the album. I have been inspired by the work of some of the greatest singer-songwriters, such as Leonard Cohen, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Tom Waits or Maria del Mar Bonet.
On March 8 (Women’s Day) I released the music video of the first single of the album. The song Rei de l’Inframon (King of the Underworld) condemns male sexual violence towards women. Here’s the music video:
Last Christmas I also released on social media an acoustic version of Nadala, a Christmas song dedicated to the Catalan political prisoners. Nadala will also be one of the songs included in the album.
Who are we?
Emília Rovira Alegre
I consider art a tool for the transformation of consciousness. It is always necessary that artists take sides. Art does not exist outside the world, it belongs to it. I cannot make music without taking into account the three big issues that concern me as a citizen: the refugee crisis, the male violence towards women and Catalan politics. I know that taking clear sides might imply that some people disagree or feel upset, but I have to be honest with myself and I believe that art should be sincere. It is what emerges from you, and you cannot cheat. I cannot suppress a part of myself in order to please a broader audience, although I do not judge those who do not think the same. Excerpt from an interview with Segre newspaper 23/10/2019
Singer, pianist, composer and poet from Lleida (Catalonia). I have released two albums where I set music to Catalan poetry: Contra la mort - Against Death (Quadrant Records, 2017) and Com la veu de l'aigua. EnVers canta Màrius Torres (Quadrant Records, 2010). My first poetry book Oslo (Viena Edicions, 2016) won the Ciutat d’Olot Poetry Award 2015. I have also collaborated on the soundtrack of two major video games: Lords of the Fallen (2014, nominated for the Hollywood music in Media Awards) and Expedition: Vikings (2017). I have performed my music in several countries and I have worked and lived in Scotland and Norway. I am also the founder and manager of Oslo International Piano Studio. emiliaroviraalegre.com
Jose R. Madrid Alonso
Guitarist, arranger and producer born in Lleida. I have an open-minded conception of music and I let others label what I do (and I like to make it difficult for them!). I have been formally trained as a classical guitarist (ESMUC) but I also play bass guitar and I am deeply influenced by flamenco, jazz, gospel, salsa, traditional music, film music, etc. As a guitarist I have participated in national and international projects, both as a live musician and as a studio musician. During the last 10 years I have been working on projects as a composer, music producer and arranger. I have toured the world for 5 years with the international show Burn the Floor (EUA, Italy, France, Australia, Japan, China, Caribbean, etc). During the last 2 years I have also been the musical director of the UK and Japan tour.
Josep Maria Bossa
Sound engineer. I am the owner of Bossa Records, a music studio based in Lleida. I have been recording, mixing and mastering albums for more than 25 years and I have worked with some of the biggest names in the industry.
How will I spend your contribution?
Your contributions will cover some of the production costs of the album:
Recording: Studio rental and sound technician
Editing and mixing
Design of booklet
Physical album production
The overall costs of the album production (self-funded!) are 5000 euros, so it would be wonderful to collect more than 2500 euros in this crowdfunding campaign.
About the rewards:
Christmas is approaching and you could give some of the rewards to your loved ones. The patrons who buy rewards as gifts for someone else will find downloadable vouchers on my own website.
The rewards will be handed out at the album presentation concert. The patrons unable to attend the concert will receive the rewards by mail. Please, buy international shipping reward if you live outside Catalonia.
27 November 2019 - 5 January 2020: Verkami crowdfunding campaign.
November, December, January: Arrangements.
February: Recording and editing.
March: Mixing and mastering. Manufacturing of the physical album.
After April 2020: Presentation concert and handing over the rewards to the patrons.