How the project was born
Hi, my name is Ares Gratal and I am a musician.
The pandemic has led me to delve into the composition of new songs, perhaps in response to the search for places to hide, escape to or just enjoy.
It all started with the musicalization of some poems that I liked, while trying to give them a personal touch that could highlight some of their nuances.
This was followed by what has ended up being the central part of "Impronunciable (Unpronounceable)", the musicalization of my grandfather's poems. A journey through time, an intimate connection with that person, so important for me, whom I now think I know, if possible, a little better.
Songs written entirely by me, a solo journey of reflection and introspection, are also part of the project.
"Impronunciable" is completed by two covers: a traditional song in Sephardic Spanish and another one in Hebrew, two pieces that I love. That makes a total of 11 songs .
Music video of "Desolación", one of the songs included in the album, with lyrics by Chilean Nobel prize winner Gabriela Mistral, July of 2021:
Recording of "Impronunciable"
It is my desire to play that leads me to decide to record my songs, with the hope of sharing my music with more and more people.
The album will be recorded between September and October this year at Jonas Fehrenberg's studio in Berlin, and will feature great musicians: I will be accompanied by Pablo Camus on guitar, Philipp Kullen on drums and Jonas Fehrenberg on bass. The music producer of the album, the accordionist Ira Shiran, will also participate as an instrumentalist and I will accompany myself too on the saxophone. There will be other surprise collaborations that will give, I think, a very special color to my compositions. The styles you are gonna hear in this album vary from pop and folk to Spanish copla and Latin American music. In this project I sing in Spanish, Catalan, Sephardic Spanish and Hebrew.
This project involves a significant expense and for that reason I invite you to help us make it happen in exchange for some attractive rewards that I will make with great care.
What you can get
Among the rewards there are:
The album in digital format and / or the VINYL or CD designed by Begoña Claveria,
I will record a cover of a song of your choice,
A handwritten songbook with my songs and chords,
I will compose a song using your poem or text and, finally
A private concert, online or in person, together with one of my colleagues.
The rewards will be delivered in person in Berlin, Lleida and Barcelona, and by post to anyone residing in another city.
Where will your contributions go
The recording and mixing of the songs, the mastering, editing and design of the vinyl and the making of promotional material (photos, videos ...).
If we exceed the goal, which covers the most basic expenses of the album, the rest will be used for expenses related to the online presence, copyright of one of the songs, advertising... and also for organising a release concert in Lleida, my hometown, where I would like to deliver the rewards in hand.
We are still in the preparation / rehearsals phase ... we plan to record between September and October of this year and it would be a dream come true if the album could be out for Christmas, but, just in case, let's think we'll have it around January :-)
Who I am
I am a singer and instrumentalist from Lleida living in Berlin for more than 10 years, where in addition to music I work as a translator.
I have played the accordion since I was 5 years old and now I am specialising in the study of saxophone and jazz on the one hand and, on the other, in singing and composition. These are two different projects that I am currently running in parallel, although sometimes there are meeting points.
My main musical influences are The Beatles, Queen, Billie Holiday, Chet Baker, Janis Joplin, Joaquín Sabina, Jorge Drexler, Extremoduro, Spanish copla and many other things.
On my Web you can find more information about me and my projects.