Blaus de l'ànima
From that month of February 1988 in which she did the series of concerts in the Teatre Lliure in Barcelona that led to the record Ben a prop issued in 1989, Maria del Mar Bonet and Manel Camp have performed many concerts together. It was from 2007 when these joint concerts increased in number, to commemorate that album was about to complete twenty years. In 2007 they visited the Canaries, Sant Pedor and Dènia. In 2008 they went to Malaga, on the 6th of February in the Palau de la Música Catalana, Lloseta, La Granadella in Lleida, Son Cervera in Mallorca, Tenerife, the Ateneu Barcelonés, Aranjuez. In 2009 they performed in Solsona, Marbella, and in the Festes de Gràcia in Barcelona; in 2010 Madrid and Granada among other places. Moreover, it was not until 2011 que that the album was recorded with the title Blaus de l’ànima, més de 20 anys ben a prop.
It is a double-CD which contains all the songs from the album Ben a prop and some others from earlier records such as Què volen aquesta gent?, Mercè, Mai donis per finit, Cançó de l’amor petit, Blues en sol, La Balanguera or L‘Àliga negra, and the song La barbera which had never been recorded before.
Maria del Mar Bonet explained her way of working together: Manel has his path, with his musicians, and a tremendous amount of work as a pedagogue. I have also gone along my own path, with my group and with collaborations with people from North Africa and all the Mediterranean. But always, every year, we have performed just the two of us. Initially we had one or other musician, but later we wanted to reduce the number performing: the time comes when you like the piano and voice more. It is network-free, but that way we are freer to do what we want “. Regarding the improvisation on stage she states: Sometimes one of us follows the other. He on the piano says to me: Now I’m going to do this, let’s see what you do. We never sing the same. Never! Never, never, never! To reach this point you have to know someone as much as we know each other”.
The presentation of the album was in the Teatre Lliure in Barcelona at a press conference on the 11th of September 2011. The tour for the album began in the Sala Clamores in Madrid and reached Barcelona from the 27th of September to the 2nd of October in the Teatre Lliure in Gràcia. The tour of Blaus de l’ànima around the Spanish State and Catalonia comprised more than 50 concerts throughout the year. In 2012 they did a series of double-sessions in the Sala Jamboree in Barcelona from the 2nd to the 7th of October.