Choirmaster: Javier Jonás

He began his music studies at the Conservatory in San Cristóbal de La Laguna. At the age of 16 he entered the Polyphonic Choir Alonso Castro Salazar, directed by Pilar Castro Palazón, with whom he began his studies of Bel Canto. In 1998 he continued his studies with professors Célida Alzola and Isabel García Soto at the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Conservatory.

Along his professional career, he has also attended different auditions with Bel Canto’s authorities such as Alfredo Kraus, at the Reina Sofía Center, and the repertoire teacher Dolores Marco.

Javier Jonás has stood out as a Baritone in different parts of the Canary Islands; he has performed at Orfeón La Paz in La Laguna, Ateneo de La Laguna, the Paraninfo of the University of La Laguna, the Real Casino de Tenerife, the Guimerá Theater, the Casino Real Sociedad Aridane, in Los Llanos de Aridane, the Tenerife Auditorium “Adán Martín”, etc. He has also sung outside the Canary Islands in Bel Canto competitions, like the one held in Vall d‘uxo, Castellón, and in Operas such as La Traviata in Barcelona. He has also been part of the main casts of Zarzuela, the Spanish lyric-dramatic genre, organized at the Guimerá Theater by the Amigos Canarios de la Zarzuela de Tenerife, since 2004.

Furthermore, he has been the choirmaster of Homini Chorum, a male choir in Tenerife, since 2000. In 2003, he began to conduct the lyrical group Los Aceviños, and won the First Prize in the category of Costume, the Second Prize in the category of Soloist and the Third Prize in the category of Musical Performance in the Carnival 2004 Lyrical Group competition.

That same year he started to conduct the oldest lyrical group in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Masa Coral Tinerfeña, which, since then, has won two Second and one Third Prizes in the category of Musical Performance; two Second Prizes in the category of Soloist and several Prizes in the category of Costume.

In 2010, he achieved the revival of a plectrum orchestra in Masa Coral Tinerfeña, which only used to perform in competitions. This plectrum orchestra named Euritmia has an own repertoire, from Schubert, Mozart, Beethoven and Bach, to tarantellas, waltzes, mazurkas, and other classical repertoires for plectrum orchestras. In addition to this, they have also a repertoire of film scores.

In 2012, Javier Jonás founded the group Carezza, a quartet formed by soloists from different music styles who joined to create what it is nowadays known as lyrical pop music. With Leopoldo Armas (Rock), Ángel Arvelo (Latin Pop) and Fran León (Musical Theater), Javier Jonás brings the opera to the stage and wraps us in The sound of a caress (El sonido de una caricia) their first work. Nowadays, they are touring with their show of emotions to delight the Canarian audiences.

Symphonic Band of the Conservatory of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Students studying at the Professional Conservatory of Music in Santa Cruz de Tenerife can study the subject 'Bands', which falls under the specialities of Wind and Percussion in the academic curriculum. The Professional Conservatory of Music Band is formed by 4th, 5th and 6th year students. Each year, different activities and concerts are organized for the band: a concert at Santa Cecilia, a concert at the Paraninfo Theatre at the University of La Laguna, Open Days, a concert in the Chamber Hall of the Auditorio de Tenerife "Adán Martín" in Santa Cruz, concerts for soloists, and a concert at FIMUCITÉ, etc.

CONDUCTOR: José H. Toledo

The Pop Culture Band

The Pop Culture Band, created by FIMUCITÉ and led by the guitarist Gonzalo de Araoz, explores the most successful pop-rock music in cinema across different decades. This is made all the more interesting thanks to the participation of prominent solo artists and an energetic dance troupe whose direction guarantees meticulous staging and set design.

The Pop Culture Band boasts the following musicians: Gonzalo de Araoz (musical director and lead guitar), Francis Díaz (guitar), Julio Moreno (bass), Ventor de la Guardia (percussion) Javier Guerrero (drums), Laura Álvarez (choir), José Félix Álvarez (choir) David González (keyboard), Julián Díaz (trumpet), Francisco José Alberto (saxaphone) and Cristo Delgado (trombone). This year it also includes the vocal talents of Cristina Ramos, Sandra Morales, Hector Quintero, Patricio González and Fran León.

FIMUCITÉ Youth Orchestra

The FIMUCITÉ Youth Orchestra is a new orchestra formation that became part of the festival during the 10th edition that ran in 2016.

Conducted by José A. Cubas, it gathers together some of the most outstanding musical talents from the Canary Islands Higher Conservatory of Music and the Professional Conservatory of Music of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The festival organizers believe that supporting young musicians from across the islands is crucial, and that this new educational project will help to create synergies that provide our students with the chance to demonstrate their talents in the setting of an international festival whilst also becoming more familiar with the art of music for the audiovisual sector by performing great works for masterpieces of this genre.

Tenerife Film Choir

The Tenerife Film Choir has been FIMUCITÉ’s resident choir since the first edition of the festival in 2007. The choir ensemble was founded by Diego Navarro, composer and also director of FIMUCITÉ together with the soprano and choirmaster Cristina Farrais.

The choir gathers together 40 of the best voices from the choral panorama of Tenerife to sing in four-part harmony, although the number of voices will vary depending on the needs of any given project. Over the course of the festival, this choir ensemble has played a leading role and performed a vast number of international premiers of symphonic scores & choral songs from some of the best film soundtracks, the most notable amongst them being works that form part of the official centenary commemoration concert for Universal Pictures, or Dreamworks Animation. The Tenerife Film Choir was directed by Cristina Farrais from its creation until 2016, both as conductor and as choirmaster; presently, the choir is directed by Javier Jonás Díaz Hernández. It is the first and only mixed choir to be found in the panorama of Spanish film specialized in musical repertoires produced for cinema.