The pianist and composer Francesc Burrull has passed away this Saturday at 86 after a career dedicated to music which led him to become a benchmark for ‘Nova Cançó’ and jazz in Catalonia. The Catalan record company Picap explained it this Saturday, in a tweet collected by Europa Press in which he expressed his condolences to family and friends.
During his career, Burull collaborated with artists such as Raimon, Lluís Llach, Núria Feliu and Joan Manuel Serrat -for whom he arranged the ‘Love words’, among others-, and was very close to the group of the ‘Setze Jutges’. The pianist began studying music at the age of seven at the Barcelona Conservatory and when he finished his training he began to do jazz bowling with the Latin Combo group.
Burull collaborated with artists such as Raimon, Lluís Llach, Núria Feliu and Joan Manuel Serrat
He worked with prominent jazz figures such as Chet Baker and Bill Coleman, and recorded two albums with Tete Montoliu, whom he accompanied with the vibraphone, among other collaborations. He also founded the Big Band of Barcelona, participated in various bands in the city and taught as a visiting professor at the Berklee School of Music in Boston.
In 1992, the Generalitat granted it the National Music Award in the jazz category, and in 2017 he received the Creu de Sant Jordi and the Premi Enderrock d’Honor; He also participated in the composition of the Barça anthem, in 1974.