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Exploring Palma's Creativity

BY SERAFINE KLARWEIN
@ VOL 1 ON JUN 04, 2019

A Franco-American Filmmaker, Author and Creative Activist
Serafine Klarwein was born at home in New Mexico, USA and raised between electric New York City and Deia, a wild bohemian mountain village on the island of Mallorca.

She has a BA in World Arts and Cultures from UCLA and an MFA in Experimental Animation from the California Institute of the Arts.

In Paris, Serafine worked in SFX for the movie studio Ex-Machina and toured Europe as a VJ, most notably with Jon Hassell and Irwin’s Conspiracy. In 2018, Serafine unveiled her film FishFire which she wrote and directed.

For the last eighteen years she has lived in Spain, editing, teaching multimedia and feeling her way around raising her son and her own awareness.

Serafine also teaches movement medicine and dances her way along through Life, a habit that began when her father would blast the family with world music to get them to boogie along before dinner. In 2007, she was certified in 5Rhythms, exploring the maps and pathways, sharing, learning and teaching experience on the sacred maps of the soul.

Since 1998, she has been working on a movie made in Mallorca with a cast and crew of more than one hundred and fifty people. Using 8mm, 16mm, video and photography, it is a life project to document the transformation of a community.

As a writer and publisher, Serafine has written and edited several children´s books and produced a set of visionary art cards for the artist Mati Klarwein in collaboration with transformational psychologist Annie Lewkowicz.

For the past eighteen years, Serafine has been working on a book about inherited versus earned magic. She is also currently editing and publishing a monograph on the world of artist Mariana Alzamora.

A citizen of the world, Serafine found it her duty to become involved in the global conversation by creating a website on creative activism, tranzactivism.org

On Palma, Serafine comments, “Palma is a human-sized city, meaning you can walk from one side to the other in less than an hour, probably meet some people you know on the way, so you can live connected. There is a great mix of old humours, fresh eccentricities, relaxed creative café atmospheres and cultural hubbubing. Beautifully situated between sea and mountains, it is a port at the crossroads of a wide spectrum of European and North African influences.”

Watch Fishfire Trailer HERE

 

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Exploring Palma's Creativity

BY CLEMENCE DUMONT
@ VOL 1 ON JUN 04, 2019

CLÉMENCE DUMONT

A French Jeweler and Artist
I was a florist in Paris, working for a hotel and for events.

This new chapter, a special moment in my life has propelled me to the marvelous island of Mallorca.

But what of this beautiful present? I began by walking on the beaches and in the mountains. I felt both great joy, and at the same time, fear and also confidence…. so many questions about my future. What was I to become?

I looked for a guide to accompany me on this invisible quest. I was very lucky to meet such people in Alaró. It was not a coincidence. The twin mountains have so much to teach us.

Meditation? I did not know it, nor was I fully conscious. But my powerful intentions meant that everything arrived in just a moment!

I met many healers, attended courses on quantum resonance and many magical changes came to be.
It’s difficult to understand, but it was real!

Working in Nature, I took pieces of wood from the seaside and the mountains to make suspended totems, aerial sculptures.

I put a lot of intention into these sculptures to give me harmony, protection and peace at home.

Then I began to create nomad jewelery, using semi precious stones and Lithotherapy.

They are The Guardians of the body and the soul that I have named the Sowilove…these are the magical necklaces that I make.
http://www.instagram.com/cazaclem



FRANCOIS CONSTANTY

French Energy Healer
François Constanty’s roots are in Corsica. He lived for forty years in Paris before answering the call to move to Mallorca two years ago. He now lives in a quiet barrio of Palma.

François is a healer with a modern style. His talent involves making the invisible tangible by using a pragmatic approach based on experience through the senses.

His work consists of spreading new energies through books, workshops and distance healing sessions in groups that unite around 200 people every month. François has also found a way to energize any kind of music. He enjoys working with musicians, singers and producers, helping them to create a new organic sound that touches people’s hearts and heals listeners on a deep level.
http://francois-constanty.fr

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Exploring Palma's Creativity

BY CATALINA FLORIT
@ VOL 1 ON JUN 04, 2019

CATALINA FLORIT

A Mallorquin Actress and Playwright
Catalina has been awarded the prize for the Best Actress of the Balearic Islands for 2019.

She trained at the Institut del Teatre de Barcelona and in Berlin with the company Theatre Fragile, the theatre and architecture company No Fourth Wall, as well as the English Theatre, Berlin.

Catalina lives on airplanes between Barcelona and Mallorca where she has worked as an actress with directors such as Andrés Lima, Paco Azorín, Carlota Subirós, Oriol Broggi, Nies Jaume, Pep Tosar, Rafel Duran, Ferran Utzet, Jordi Oriol, Josep Maria Miró, Victoria Szpunberg, Pau Carrió and Jaime Pujol as well as establishing a creative partnership with Joan Miquel Artigues and Toni Gomila, through Produccions de Ferro.

On television, she has appeared in the TV3 miniseries “Barcelona Ciutat Neutral” and “Sudoku”. Currently she appears as a permanent character in the first two seasons of IB3TV’s “Amor de Cans”.

She was directed by Jules Williamson in the British film “Off the Rails”.

Catalina is researching and exploring new forms of dramaturgy for which she founded the company Aflel Teatre with Jaume Madaula. She wrote the plays “Monstres”, “Bar Nebraska”, “Dones de palla”, and “Homenatge”, the last three of which have been published. With the street artist Joan Aguiló she created the urban art project “Herois anònims”.

She is the director of both “Dones de palla” and “Homenatge” which won an award at Barcelona’s Píndoles Festival. She has coordinated five editions of “Al cel mos vegem tots plegats”, an initiative at Barcelona’s Teatre Maldà which is based on the reforming of the Mallorcan Rondalles.
http://www.bculture.org/en/artist/catalina-florit/

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Exploring Palma's Creativity

BY JOAN VALENT
@ VOL 1 ON JUN 04, 2019

JOAN VALENT

Mallorquin Composer, Musician and Arranger
“Music comes to me. It is my life.” Joan Valent

Joan Valent is a composer, a musician and an arranger.

Mallorquin by birth, as a small boy he lived in Algaida. A child prodigy, he began playing the piano at four and was composing from the age of eleven. His first attempted arranging on Neil Diamond’s soundtrack to the film Jonathan Livingston Seagull.

Joan’s musical education continued in Palma, Barcelona and Los Angeles where he studied classical composition, conducting and film scoring at UCLA.

In 1987 he premiered his first work Mort a la Paraula for piano, violin, clarinet and mezzo-soprano.

A piano and cello player, Joan is a symphonic composer and music arranger who scores major movies and conducts orchestras.

Joan has collaborated with many musicians from other genres including Tam Tam Go, Joan Manuel Serrat and David Byrne and scored movies for major directors such as Michael Douglas, Álex de la Iglesia, Antonio Chavarrías, and Agustí Villaronga.

Amongst his multiple prizes and honours, Joan has two Grammy Awards for his collaborations with Montserrat Caballé and is the only living Spanish signed to the German classical label, Deutsche Grammophon.

While most of his career takes place on a global stage, Joan is deeply involved with the island of Mallorca and has composed for both the government of the Balearic Islands and the Fundació Miró as well as acting as Artistic Director for the Pollenca Music Festival for five years.

Currently, Joan is releasing Libro de Bitácora Poético (Poetic Logbook), his latest CD which is a musical journey of two worlds, one literary and one geographical. It is followed by a tour, which ends with a concert in Mallorca.
“The disc begins with the Ciaccona “Punta Campanella”, a place on the Amalfi coast, and where, according to the legend, Ulysses went up against the Sirens. There the trip begins, and each port we visit has orchestral variations of that first theme, ports where, in some way, have touched my life and have led me to write this music, this emotional journey. “Swansea” (Wales), is the place where Dylan Thomas was born, “Porto Cristo” (Mallorca) is where the only armed confrontation took place during the Spanish civil war, and where after a hard crossing of Mallorca by motorcycle, George Bernanos tries to rescue his son, who was fighting on the island. “Porto Antico” is a port in Genoa where Ramon Llull left for his last trip to Tunis to die ruined, just after writing his last work “Logica Nova”. “Puerto de las Nieves”, Gran Canaria, is the place of origin of the pianist Ivan Martin, a brilliant interpreter of that variation.

Of living in Mallorca Joan comments, “I’m really happy here. This is where the music for the CD came from.”
http://www.joanvalent.com

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Exploring Palma's Creativity

BY ANTONIO MORALES
@ VOL 1 ON JUN 04, 2019

ANTONIO MORALES NOGUÉS

Luthier
Antonio was born in Monesterio, Extremadura. At the age of fifteen he moved to the city of Palma, Mallorca where he currently resides.

Fascinated by the construction of instruments, Antonio Morales became a cabinetmaker at an early age, always making additional pieces such as chess pieces and musical instruments.

His interest in guitars led him to become a student of the luthier George Bowden in 1990. They worked together for many years, not only as luthiers, but also friends. Following Bowden’s death, Morales inherited his woods, plans, machinery and knowledge, which allowed him to continue making exemplary guitars and maintain the George Bowden Legacy School.

As a luthier, Morales has travelled to many countries, frequently appearing at conferences and in the media while making many instruments that are valued highly by internationally admired musicians from across the globe. In 2016 he was awarded the gold medal of the city of Palma de Mallorca for his work as an exceptional craftsman and luthier.

During the last years of Paco de Lucia’s life, Antonio Morales worked closely with the maestro to perfect “La Maestro”, the legend’s ultimate guitar. In addition to the honour of being the last guitar maker to Paco de Lucia and the creator of “La Maestro,” Antonio Morales worked on the setting of the instruments, which Paco de Lucia used in his last work, “Canción Andaluza”. The guitar on the album cover is a guitar made by Antonio, a special commission from the master. www.guitarrasmorales.guitars

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Exploring Palma's Creativity

BY JOAN AGUILÓ
@ VOL 1 ON JUN 04, 2019

JOAN AGUILÓ

A Mallorquin Street Artist
Joan is a visual artist who studied illustration at the High School of Design of the Balearic Islands and Fine Arts in Barcelona. Aguiló completed his education with two years in Mexico D.F at the National School of Plastic Arts, exhibiting in various galleries in Mexico and Spain.

He moved to Berlin, where he became interested in Urban Art. Since 2013 he lives on Mallorca, using public spaces and developing his works on the walls of the city of Palma – some on a very large scale – and is now a well-known street artist.

His drawings feature both real and unknown people from whom he takes moments of their lives. His style defines and expresses the Mallorcan way of life, the thoughts and traditions of their local society. His intention is to show both the identity and poetics of being a part of and recognized within your community and what it has taught his subjects. He has produced murals and street art in Spain, the United Kingdom, France, Denmark and Germany.
http://www.joanaguilo.com

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Exploring Palma's Creativity

BY CLEA ELFVIN
@ VOL 1 ON JUN 04, 2019

CLEA ELFVIN

Swedish Elf Living in Palma
My name is Clea and I am twelve years old. I was born in Stockholm, Sweden.

I lived in Sweden until I was seven and then I moved to Spain. I had already been to Spain a lot in the summer because my parents lived there before with my two brothers who are now sixteen and twenty-nine.

It was scary because I had no friends in Mallorca and I was also starting at a new school. It was a Swedish school but it was still a bit scary. We rented a house in Alaro and I have lived there ever since.

The first year we only had one pet, but over the years we have had chickens, birds, donkeys, sheep, and cats.
That’s why I love animals so much!

Some of the other things I love are singing, acting and reading. I started acting when I got a role as Rafiki in the school musical and since then I look forward to the musicals we do at school every year. From that, I got a role in Christmas Carol which I have acted in for two years at the auditorium on Paseo Marítimo. I read a lot and go to singing class so I get to do all of my favourite things.

I love Palma because of the people and how much they care. In Stockholm people don’t say “Hi” when you are on the train, they don’t say “thank you” when they leave the supermarket – but in Palma, that’s just everyday life!