Josep Molina

I would like to share Josep Molina’s inspiring web site. We met when we were children playing together in chamber music ensembles. As years got by we lost contact when we moved to separate countries. A couple of days ago I came across his mesmerizing page and I feel the need of sharing it with you. Apart from being a talented violinist he is an incredible photographer and creative director specialized in capturing musicians at its best. Enjoy!

Josep Molina

“Angelique” by Nedu Kay

I had the pleasure of starring in a short film entitled Angelique towards the end of 2012. This project directed by Nedu Kay’s for his end of year project tells the story of….

This was a rewarding experience as I had the opportunity to observe the working behind the camera, the workflow process of a film project from conception to editing, in addition to acting. The project demanded a considerable amount of planning and organisation as well as a motivated and talented crew able to trouble shoot on the spot.

This is the trailer:

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Music and visuals

Does music exist without a visual image of some kind? Whether it is a personal visual response to the sound in our imagination or a picture that illustrates what we hear.

If I try to remember what interested me first, sound or image, I get lost. I remember the incredible music collection that my brother kept in his room, together with his upright piano. I was drawn to play the piano as a toddler, probably in an attempt to copy my siblings skills, and some sort of nonsensical competition. It was fun at the time I guess. His opera collection begun to capture my attention. I couldn’t understand why he would spend so many hours locked in his room listening to his music with the orchestral scores. “It is for grown ups!” he used to say. Well, I wanted to see what was so interesting, and when he wasn’t at home I used to sneak into his room and play his Cd’s. I didn’t understand most of it, the big voices, the big orchestras and the dramatic plots didn’t make any sense to me, but I would still listen. Around the same time I begun skating.  As I improved, my coach sent me to local competitions. To me the competitions held little meaning, it was just a long day of  waiting for my turn to skate, followed by some sort of ranking. What truly fascinated me was the choreography of the piece of music chosen for my performance. Giving shape and form to the sound. It all made sense in a very simplistic way.

Since the beginning of my music studies at the age of eight at the local music school up until now, I have mostly focused on achieving a good sound, expression and form. Imagery was often used in order to understand a piece, to help create a story and translate it into music.

In the last few years, the question began to arise: Would image enhance the experience of listening to a great piece of music? Or would it take away its substance? If so, would I like to see a visual form while listening to Brahms string sextet n.1 in B Flat Major or would it distract me? How much does the stage production of an opera affect our experience as a member of the audience?

All these questions increase as I develop my musical studies further. Also the awareness that we live in an age that craves imagery; as we are bombarded at every turn from smart phones filled with applications that encourage to form visual diaries to .

Colaboration with Georgio Oniani

One of my favorite things about living in London, is being able to interact with the many incredible and diverse people that occupy this city. I met Georgio a few years ago through an acquaintance, but we didn’t form a connection until June this year. He asked me to improvise with the cello on his sound piece for his graduation performance. This is a raw-cut video of the last minute performance in Curcica Studios. He is an inspiring artist and a wonderful person. I feel honored to have collaborated with him.

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