IMAGINE the boundaries between the stage and the audience melting away so that you perceive the proximity of the music. You experience a melting pot, where ingredients as diverse as swing, soul, Mozart, rock, reggae and blues are blended together in original compositions and creative interpretations.
You feel THE RHYTHM n your bones; the melodies take hold of you, and you feel the urge to dance. Enjoy the journey. You’re at an Aupa Strings show.
We love adapting to new sounds and blending in with existing musical realities.
We compose, create string arrangements and even write scores when this benefits a particular project.
We enjoy sharing what we know with musicians who want to gain greater authenticity, musical freedom and the ability to express their emotional states through their instrument.
We’ve created our own methodology, which enriches classical performance, offering resources for auditory training, harmonic feeling, improvisation and rhythmic body experience.
We believe that music, performers and audiences all benefit when the classical repertoire is enriched with sources of inspiration such as jazz, rock and folk music, where music is learned by ear.
We work directly –face-to-face and online – with professional and amateur musicians and students at all levels, offering our services in five languages (Spanish, English, Catalan, Basque and Serbian).
We work together to design the duration, depth and main focus of each activity and adapt our methodology to create tailor-made proposals for each type of client: performers, teachers and students of conservatories, music schools, orchestras and chamber groups.
Our teaching experience has allowed us to share our vision of music on three continents and with over 2000 students.
We’re constantly looking for new ways to spread the Aupa message so that it benefits as many groups as possible.
We offer two specific music programmes for seniors:
“Boleros de toda la vida” (with vocals by Celeste Alías) and “Nuestros Foxtrot” (with 30s/40s-style swing dancers).
with young people
Aupa Strings collaborates with projects that aim to foster social change and cohesion and that use music for educational, social and artistic purposes.
Aupa Strings is a string ensemble with its own distinctive language at the crossroads between contemporary urban music and the classical tradition.
Our strings vibrate creatively through our own compositions, interpretation and teaching activity. We enjoy the balancing act of blending formal and informal elements in a constant interplay.
Founded in 2009 by Asier Suberbiola, Aupa Strings is a multifaceted passion project aimed at sharing the Aupa* message through concerts, training sessions, shows for families, and social projects for audiences of all kinds.
Extremely adaptable and flexible, Aupa Strings has collaborated with artists working in disciplines as diverse as flamenco dance, jazz–hip-hop and pop and completed music education tours in Europe, Asia and Latin America.
*Aupa message = Trust in your authenticity to grow
and Artistic Director
Music is a perfect medium in which to fly, dream and play. Teaching is a way to share resources, providing others with more tools and helping them achieve a better quality of life.
Violin and viola
What excites me is the nomadism reflected in music and – beyond words – its age-old power to communicate.
I love interacting with other disciplines such as dance and painting.
I see instruments as a means of self-expression – a way to seek, connect with yourself, explore and play what you’re most drawn to, and choose your own path.
For me, the most important thing about music is that everybody can relate to it, no matter their level of understanding. It can be emotional, intelectual and everything in between.
I understand movement as an unmediated expression of the plasticity of the brain, and it is my tool for stimulating change and growth.
What the press is saying about us:
“They have made a classical formation an avant-garde instrument with which to create a lively and joyful music that lifts the public from their seats”
“Other ways of playing the violin, Channel33-TV3 report on Aupa Quartet and the barcelona Fiddle Congress”
“Report on the family show Laboratorio Sonoro – String Jukebox in the pedagogical magazine Hik Hasi (in Basque)”
“International press clipping”
Aupa Quartet was formed in the Academy Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona’s Liceu Opera House) in 2009.
The quartet’s first step was to embark on a search for authenticity through years of rehearsals and performances in small venues. The sound developed over this period was reflected in their first album, Up (2015), recorded after they won the first “Made in Shasta” competition.
Their performances at festivals of all kinds show the multiple possibilities of their crossover string style: Heineken Jazzaldia – Donostia/San Sebastián; Fringe Festival – Recklinghausen (Germany); Festival Jardins Pedralbes – Barcelona; C’est pas classique – Nice; Voll Damm Barcelona Jazz Festival; and Noches del Botánico – Madrid (opening for Jamie Cullum).
The group has been selected as a representative in several showcases (Musicora 2018 – Paris; JazzEñe 2015 – Valencia; FiM 2014 – Vilaseca) and has performed on three continents, including five tours in China and one in Brazil.
Diverse artists such as Sara Baras, Marco Mezquida, India Martínez, Raynald Colom and Sara Pi have been Aupa Strings’ travelling companions, both for studio recordings and on stage.
Aupa Strings is increasingly conceived as a tool for social transformation. The group works tirelessly to train and empower musicians of all ages through institutions and associations such as the Catalonia College of Music (ESMUC), the Catalan Association of Music Schools (ACEM), Trobada Fiddle, the Fiddle Congress, and the Association of Music Schools of the Basque Country (EHME).
Mindful of the transformative power of their music and the Aupa message, the group is currently developing new projects in collaboration with institutions in a wide range of sectors, including primary and secondary schools, care homes for the elderly and hospitals.
Institutions and companies that collaborate with Aupa Strings:
Project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund:
Clients who put their trust in us:
Montblanc, Biblioteca Nacional de España, Olimpiadas Barcelona – XXV aniversario, Fontvella, Salon del automóvil, 080 Barcelona Fashion, FITUR Madrid, TNC (Teatre Nacional de Catalunya), Grupo Focus, Mobile World Congress.