The Delai Big Band is a Catalán Rumba band originally formed by musicians from Empordà and later incorporating members from Vallespir, making a multicultural mix of Spanish and French nationals, speaking catalán, french or spanish.
The band was created in 2013 when the Delai Duo performed their first record at ‘la Chunga’ in Céret, capital of Vallespir. When a couple of musicians from Sant Llorenc de Cerdans approached the group with trumpet and trombone and expressed their desire to join them on stage, the duo agreed to this and playing the concert together they had a great time making musical magic!
In the same spirit of spontaneity, fun and mutual admiration, the group was formed and since that day they’ve performed together on numerous occasions, playing the songs from the first record, which were not originally written with horn arrangements.
The desire to create a newer, more sincere and up-to-date sound led the group to write ten new songs, sung in catalán, spanish and french; songs founded in luck and musical language, celebrating the differences between them and turning them into virtues. This love of music, people and communicating has pushed the group forward together towards this latest project: The Delai Big Band.
This new recording project, and the desire to present it in the most professional way possible are the reasons behind this request to the Alchimia Foundation; a helping hand to keep moving forward. The band needs to record in a professional studio and keep giving their best as musicians and songwriters.
A few words from the beneficiaries:
At this point, the Alchimia Foundation, appreciative from the start to see skilled musicians with creative energy, told us of their goals, of their objective of conserving territory and social solidarity. They asked us to look at our project as one for the common good, rather than simply supporting an artistic endeavour, a thought that led us to reflect upon and understand the real values of the Alchimia Foundation. Our response was clear; we proposed benefit concerts for four charitable associations in Empordà that reflect the Alchimia Foundation’s goals. These concerts will multiply the help received and transform it into yet more resources for these chosen charities. In this way we can participate with our music, and our positive creative energy can benefit many different people and organisations.
For example: it could benefit musicians, enabling them to continue playing; the sick and unwell, who can continue to receive the care and attention they need from poor, hard-working relations who would otherwise struggle; animals will be cared for and the region will continue to blossom. All this is made possible by love, like the sun and the rain that wake the seed of the Alchimia Foundation.
From the Delai Big Band, we want to thank you for giving us life and contributing so generously.
- El Delfin (The Dolphin). A leisure centre for mentally handicapped young people in Alt Empordà.
- Association Supporting Families of Alzheimer Patients, Figueres.
- CANAE. Animal rights charity.
- IAEDEN Salvem l’Empordà.