Lluís Llach performing at the Olympia in Paris
|Born||7 May 1948|
|Instruments||Singing, Piano, Guitar|
Though partially dependent on arrangers, like Manel Camp or Carles Cases in his early works, Llach's songwriting has largely evolved from the more basic early compositions to a vastly more complex harmonic and melodic writing. Self-taught as a guitarist, Llach only strums simple chords on guitar. As a pianist, he shows a good knowledge of the European song tradition from Schubert to Hahn with touches of Satie (Nounou) and his local epygons like Mompou and Manuel Blancafort (A la taverna del mar). Llach has used salsa piano patterns (Terra) and jazzy whole-step block modulations (El jorn dels miserables) and progressions (Cançó d'amor a la llibertat). Some early songs depicted some inspiration from Baroque dances (Laura, Jo sé, Vinyes verdes vora el mar) and ostinato chord patterns (Non, Somniem). Among his influences as singer, Llach has recognized Mahalia Jackson and Jacques Brel.
His lyrics can range from the most traditionally romantic songs, to more complex, philosophical song-cycles and also to some more ironic, politically based compositions, with a more upbeat tempo. Sea and vitalistic attitude in face of death are two of his cherished topics. When he doesn't write the lyrics of his songs he puts music to a variety of poets, including Constantine P. Cavafy, Màrius Torres, Josep Maria de Segarra, Pere Quart and, perhaps more often than with any of the others, Miquel Martí i Pol.
Llach has occasionally performed as a classical baritone, including a series of performances of Gabriel Fauré's Requiem, and has also been a wine producer. He marked his retirement as front man in music with a farewell concert in Verges (March 2007), in Baix Empordà on the Costa Brava, the village in which he grew up. Afterwards, he has performed incidental music for theatre pieces.
Some popular albums include:
Com un arbre nu (1972)
Viatge a Itaca (1975)
Verges 50 (1980) Folkish arrangements in the Mediterranean tradition.
I amb el somriure, la revolta (1982)
Maremar (1985) Powerful songs about mourn, losses and hope, with some of Llach's most inspired lyrics.
Un pont de mar blava (1993) Outstanding female singers as well as Greek and Arabic influences.
9 (1998) A mature work as composer; counterpoint textures and jazzy sounds.
Temps de revoltes (2000)
Verges 2007 (2007)
Literature about Lluís Llach i Grande
Pep Blay' '“Lluís Llach“ (Col·lecció "Los Autores", SGAE, Barcelona, 1995) is a biography about the Catalan musician and songwriter Llach, which contains an interesting chronology, a collection of pictures, an anthology of songs and a discography.
- Listen to "L'estaca"
- Lyrics to "L'estaca" - scroll down
- Lyrics to "L'estaca" with English translation (character problems)
- Official website (in Catalan and Spanish)
- Non-Official website (in French)