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Antoni Xuclà (born 1955 in Barcelona) is a Catalan musician. His style has been described as a fusion of contemporary jazz and folk with funk and pop.
Barcelona is a city in Spain. It is the capital and largest city of Catalonia, as well as the second most populous municipality of Spain. With a population of 1.6 million within city limits, its urban area extends to numerous neighbouring municipalities within the Province of Barcelona and is home to around 4.8 million people, making it the sixth most populous urban area in the European Union after Paris, London, Madrid, the Ruhr area and Milan. It is one of the largest metropolises on the Mediterranean Sea, located on the coast between the mouths of the rivers Llobregat and Besòs, and bounded to the west by the Serra de Collserola mountain range, the tallest peak of which is 512 metres high.
Jazz is a music genre that originated in the African-American communities of New Orleans, United States, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and developed from roots in blues and ragtime. Jazz is seen by many as "America's classical music". Since the 1920s Jazz Age, jazz has become recognized as a major form of musical expression. It then emerged in the form of independent traditional and popular musical styles, all linked by the common bonds of African-American and European-American musical parentage with a performance orientation. Jazz is characterized by swing and blue notes, call and response vocals, polyrhythms and improvisation. Jazz has roots in West African cultural and musical expression, and in African-American music traditions including blues and ragtime, as well as European military band music. Intellectuals around the world have hailed jazz as "one of America's original art forms".
Folk music includes traditional folk music and the genre that evolved from it during the 20th-century folk revival. Some types of folk music may be called world music. Traditional folk music has been defined in several ways: as music transmitted orally, music with unknown composers, or music performed by custom over a long period of time. It has been contrasted with commercial and classical styles. The term originated in the 19th century, but folk music extends beyond that.
A self-taught musician, by age fifteen Xuclà had composed music for the theater. Early in his career he collaborated with Carles Benavent, Joan Albert Amargós, Toti Soler, and Ovidi Montllor. In 1976 he formed his own band with Santi Arisa and Xavier Batllés, with whom he released his first album, Conte del Mediterràni. During the 1980s and early 1990s he worked primarily as a composer of film, television, and theatrical music. As a conductor he has led the orchestra of the Centre Dramàtic de la Generalitat de Catalunya, conducted a string ensemble during the reception of the Olympic torch in Barcelona, and conducted the orchestra of the Univision Song Contest.
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Currently, Xuclà is a member of the trio Menaix a Truà, along with Cris Juanico and Juanjo Muñoz.
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