Two annotated CDs of Alan Lomax’s Balaearic recordings, and a volume of Lomax’s Balearic photographs, were ceremoniously presented in Mallorca, Ibiza, and Formentera in December by Anna Lomax Wood, Judith Cohen, Esperança Bonet, and Rosa Vallés. The CDs Ibiza & Formentera (edited by Judith Cohen and Esperança Bonet) and Mallorca (edited by Manel Frau), and the book of photographs, Mirades / Glances (edited by Anonti Pizà with essays by Manel Frau, Judith Cohen, Esperança Bonet, and Rosa Vallés) were presented in Mallorca on December 12 by Fundacio Sa Nostra, which also published Mirades. On December 13 a similar presentation was made in Ibiza by the Consell Insular of Ibiza and Formentera followed by a reception hosted by Sa Nostra Ibiza. In Formentera, the Ibiza & Formentera CD was presented at the Town Hall on December 16, and Mirades by Sa Nostra Formentera on December 19. Several of the original artists were present on these occasions to share their recollections of recording with Alan Lomax.
The Consell Insular de Ibiza i Formentera, through the auspices of Councillor Joan Marí Tur and Cultural programming chair Lina Sansano, and Sa Nostra Mallorca, coordinated by Francisca Niell, Director of Cultural Programming for Sa Nostra, purchased a thousand CDs and several hundred books to distribute to the original artists, as well as to schools, libraries, cultural institutions, and the public. We thank them, as well as Isidor Torres, Mayor of Formentera, Catina Costa of Sa Nostra Ibiza, and Bill Nowlin of Rounder Records for their support. The events were covered by local media: Diario de Abiza; Diario de Mallorca; El Mundo-el Dia.
Originally posted: December 12, 2006