Aupa Quartet
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Image Credits: Aupa Quartet © Lydia Cazorla

November 6, 2017
Asier Suberbiola, Pere Nolasc Turu, Felipe Escalada and Martín Meléndez are the Aupa Quartet, a Barcelona string band that mixes jazz, classical, rock and pop languages to create their personal style. We have recently interviewed Asier and Felipe.
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How was the Aupa Quartet project born?
– Aupa Quartet started naturally. We were string players but we couldn’t find any place to play the music we wanted. We were studying at the conservatory but the teachers there were not used to all the genres we like. We could listen to Bach or to Jimi Hendrix, Šostakovič or Bob Marley with the same passion. Finally we met in Barcelona which was nice because we had the same problems so we could understand each other.

What is your approach to composing and how did you get to publish Up (2015), your first album?
-We are all four involved in the composing process. After the first five songs we decided to record and we participated in a contest which we won. The prize was the recording of a cd. During the composing process we play our line and we have to be comfortable with the music.  If someone gives an idea, the others are free to develop it as they want. Now we need one or two more songs and the new cd will be ready.
– Some of the songs come out from jamming during the tour, other times one of us develops the idea of a song almost finished and the others give their touch to it.
During a masterclass what is the most important lesson you want to give to your students?
– Have fun! Sometimes we take part in some masterclasses and the students are technically super hi-level but they play like a machine: if you don’t have fun playing then I don’t have fun listening to you. 
What do you think of the potential offered to a professional musician by the web and the streaming services?
– It’s necessary to adapt your life to the new technology because it doesn’t stop for you. Some years ago, if you didn’t go to the United States they didn’t know your music. Today you share your music on the internet and everybody can easily listen to you. It’s a great opportunity. 
Asier – And not only for the audience. If you want to go to a specific festival, it’s no longer necessary to spend money and sell a physical cd to present yourself. Anyone can easily see who you are and see you playing live by watching your video on Youtube. Nowadays you don’t even need a manager any more thanks to the technology. It’s a huge time investment but we can reach everybody. We have to earn money with concerts not with streaming, we are musicians!
What about the next live tour?
We are working to go to China again for the fifth time as well as Brazil. We’re also opening doors to the United States and Germany and all the European countries.
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