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Terra Secreta
Picap, 2007

In July 2006 she presented the record Terra secreta in the Plaça del Rei in Barcelona. A few days before she had been awarded the Gold Medal of the City of Barcelona.

This album is a compilation of little-known songs by friends such as Joan Manuel Serrat of whom she chose Cançó d’amor petit and La rosa de l’adéu; by Guillem d’Efak she picked Blues en sol and Tant com te cerc; by Joan BibiloniMai donis per finit sobre a poem by Miquel Àngel Riera and Epitalami about a poem by Father Alcover; by Ovidi MontllorDos anònimsUn exèrcit by Jordi GuardansSalònica by Gabriel Sopeña; and La dansa de l’amor, by Toti Soler from a poem by King Dionis I of Portugal. She added an adaptation in Catalan of a song by the Greek singer Haris AlexiouPer una cançó. Javier Mas and Jei Ansill put music to the poem “The Secret Land”, by Robert Graves that began and gave the title to the record, which his daughter, Lucia Graves, translated into Catalan.

In the presentation of the record Lucia Graves wrote:

In the poem “The Secret Land”, written in 1960, Robert Graves speaks to us of an imaginary and secret place to which the woman travels from this “pale external world”; a realm that she governs with her intuitive and magic powers.

When Maria del Mar sings this poem it opens the door to us to her own “secret country, her secret land, personalising the images and mythological symbols of Graves with a sensitive and powerful voice. This same voice transports us from the universal and mythological to the private, that is, to the Mallorca land from where she comes and which for half a century was the home of the British poet. Graves chose to live in a village of the Serra de Tramuntana, attracted by the presence of rugged and beautiful nature. As we all know, , Maria del Mar Bonet has also been inspired and is still inspired by her Mallorca roots, identifying with her island, opening up to the rest of the Mediterranean and the whole world through it.

With her interpretation of “The Secret Land” the Mallorca singer pays homage to a Mallorcan by adoption, to a neighbourhood. Moreover, through the poem, she invites us to discover a hidden and feminine spot, the “Secret land” within which she guards as a treasure the poems that form this compilation.

In the words of Maria del Mar Bonet “they are songs that I have had alongside me for a long time. I have enjoyed bringing them together on this album, in which there is a certain unity for the air of intimacy that they give off“.

The tour of Terra Secreta began in 2006, even though the record came out in September 2007, and would last until 2010, combining it with three shows that she had in progress in those years.

In 2007, with Terra Secreta in different places in Catalonia Palafrugell, Badalona, Sabadell, Prada, Igualada, Lleida), and in the Spanish State (Castelló, Oviedo, Jaen, Palma, Elche, Campello),  she toured with Manel Camp, celebrated his 40 years with the Orquestra Simfònica del Vallés in the Palau de la Música in the Festival Únicas, in what would be the embryo of the next album Bellver; she continued the Amic, amat  tour (Festival WOMAD in Càceres, Guadalajara, Lugo, Viladecans) and presented the show Els treballs i els dies with Miguel Poveda in the Festival Grec in Barcelona, the Metropolitan in New York and in Frankfurt.

2008, 2009 and 2010 could be described similarly to the previous ones: she had several shows in progress, with Manel Camp, Miguel Poveda, symphonic orchestras and Amic, Amat still. With Terra Secreta she visited many cities in the Spanish State (Gijon, Valladolid, Jerez, Zaragoza, Picassent and Canet d’en Berenguer in Valencia, Palma, Manacor, Pontevedra, Vigo, Madrid) and in Catalonia (Alella, Santa Perpetua, La Granadella, Terrassa, Auditorium of de Barcelona, Porreres, Banyoles, Cadaqués, Lleida, Sant Cugat, Granollers). On the 17th of July 2009 she took part in the concert “Visions de la mediterrània” in the Festival Portaferrada in Sant Feliu de Guíxols along with Savina Yannatou, Gino Paoli, Franca Masu, Noa and Joan Manuel Serrat.

On the 17th  of January 2009 began with the opening ceremony of the of the Festes de Sant Sebastià in Palma by Maria del Mar Bonet who paid homage to the city of her childhood. On the 28th of October she was given the title of Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Lleida.

Graphic Documentation

Publication of the book Veu de mar, by Emilio Garrido

La música contada
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