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Antònia Font

From left to right: Jaume Manresa, Joan Miquel Oliver, Pere Debon, Pau Debon, Joan Roca
Background information
Origin Majorca
Genres Pop
Years active 1997–present
Website antoniafontoficial.com/
Members
Jaume Manresa (keyboards)
Joan Miquel Oliver (guitar)
Joan Roca (bass)
Pau Debon (vocals)
Pere Debon (drums)

Antònia Font is a Majorcan band, formed in 1997. They are characterized by their festive music and their humorous and fantastic lyrics.

Joan Miquel Oliver, the group's guitarist, composes the songs. His lyrics, written in mallorquí, the dialect of Catalan spoken in Majorca, mix futuristic elements (robots, astronauts) with themes from everyday life.[1] Oliver has also recorded solo albums and written for other groups.

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History

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Origin of the name

Though various stories have circulated, whenever the group have been asked about their name they have said that it comes from a friend from university who accompanied them during the period of the band's formation. They explain that it made her very happy when they decided to give her name to a group formed only by men.

Trajectory

In 1997 Antònia Font recorded a demo with the tracks Cibernauta Joan, l'Univers és una festa, Rumba and Es xifon és un aparato. Their first concert took place the same year in Bunyola.[2]

Joan Miquel Oliver performing live with Antònia Font

In 1999 they recorded their eponymous first album, Antònia Font, at TJ So studios in Bunyola with producer Tomeu Janer.[3]

Two years later, on 17 February 2001, they presented their second album in Barcelona: A Rússia. According to Pau Debon, the group's vocalist, the band opted for stylistic continuity with their first album because the style adopted had worked well and they were pleased with it. The album received the 2001 Disc català de l'any (Catalan album of the year) prize awarded by Ràdio 4.[4]

Their subsequent album, Alegria, appeared one year later. Without abandoning their style, the tone and rhythm of the songs underwent a much greater change between the second album and this one than between the first and second albums.

Taxi, Antònia Font's fourth album, came out in 2004. The CD was released with an accompanying DVD and text. Taxi was named album of the year at the Mercat de Música Viva de Vic and by the Catalan music magazines Enderrock and Rock'n'clàssic.[5]

In 2006 Batiscafo Katiuscas was released. This album saw the group incorporate sounds and rhythms inspired by music of the 1980s.[5]

On the 2007 album Coser i cantar, Antònia Font reinterpreted twenty of their songs with orchestral accompaniment. The album was recorded in Bratislava, Slovakia at Studio 2 of Slovak National Radio, with fifty string and wind musicians from the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra performing arrangements by the Majorcan composer Miquel Àngel Aguiló.[6] For this work they received the 2008 Academia de la Música award for "Best Pop Album"[7], becoming the first artist to win a general category (one open to work performed in any language) at the Premios de la Música with a Catalan-language album.[8]. In July 2008, Antònia Font were awarded the annual Premi Nacional de Música from the Generalitat de Catalunya for Coser i cantar.[9]

Discography

  • Antònia Font (1999)
  • A Rússia (2001)
  • Alegria (2002)
  • Taxi (2004)
  • Batiscafo Katiuscas (2006)
  • Coser i Cantar (2007)

References

  1. ^ "Un ritmo cotidiano de astronautas y robots" (in Spanish). El País. November 26, 2008. http://www.elpais.com/articulo/cultura/ritmo/cotidiano/astronautas/robots/elpepucul/20081126elpepucul_5/Tes. Retrieved 2009-08-17.  
  2. ^ "Biografia (Biography)" (in Catalan). Antònia Font - Web Oficial. http://www.antoniafontoficial.com/antoniafont_ca.html. Retrieved 2009-08-15.  
  3. ^ "Antònia Font" (in Catalan). botiboti.org. http://www.botiboti.org/grupsweb/antoniafont.html. Retrieved 2009-08-15.  
  4. ^ "Memòria històrica" (in Catalan). disccataladelany.com. http://disccataladelany.com/?page_id=2. Retrieved 2009-08-17.  
  5. ^ a b "Els mallorquins Antònia Font s'endinsen en les profunditats de l'ésser humà en el seu nou disc" (in Catalan). 3cat24.cat. March 17, 2006. http://www.3cat24.cat/noticia/113407/altres/Els-mallorquins-Antonia-Font-sendinsen-en-les-profunditats-de-lesser-huma-en-el-seu-nou-disc. Retrieved 2009-08-17.  
  6. ^ "Antònia Font enregistra el seu nou àlbum a Bratislava (Antònia Font record their new album in Bratislava)" (in Catalan). Avui. September 17, 2007. http://www.avui.cat/cat/notices/2007/09/antonia_font_enregistra_el_seu_nou_album_a_bratislava_5715.php. Retrieved 2009-08-15.  
  7. ^ "Listado de Finalistas y Ganadores de la Edición 12 - 2008" (in Spanish). Premios de la Música. http://www.premiosdelamusica.com/dyn/historia/lista_ganadores.php?id_seccion=2&id_edicion=12&id_categoria=5#cat_5. Retrieved 2009-08-15.  
  8. ^ "Antònia Font, primer grup que canta en català que aconsegueix un Premi de la Música generalista (Antònia Font, first group singing in Catalan to win a general-category Premi de la Música)" (in Catalan). Avui. April 3, 2008. http://www.avui.cat/cat/notices/2007/09/antonia_font_enregistra_el_seu_nou_album_a_bratislava_5715.php. Retrieved 2009-08-15.  
  9. ^ "Francesc Casadesús, Antònia Font i Salvador Sunyer, Premis Nacionals de Cultura" (in Catalan). Departament of Culture and Media, Generalitat of Catalonia. July 28, 2008. http://www20.gencat.cat/portal/site/CulturaDepartament/menuitem.cc396c23f1b1adc20985bdb1b0c0e1a0/?contentid=15fc399ceb96b110VgnVCM1000008d0c1e0aRCRD&vgnextchannel=a73e20d66949b010VgnVCM1000000b0c1e0aRCRD&vgnextfmt=detall&vgnextoid=a73e20d66949b010VgnVCM1000000b0c1e0aRCRD. Retrieved 2009-08-15.  

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