Barcelona Photoblog: Barri Gotic, Barcelona: Street Musicians Paradise?

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Barri Gotic, Barcelona: Street Musicians Paradise?

Musician Playing Guitar at Barri Gotic
Musician Playing Guitar in the Gothic Quarter aka Barri Gotic in Barcelona

There is a story behind every anonymous artist performing in the narrow streets of Barri Gotic, the ideal place with all the ingredients to earn a decent sum to survive: solitude to perform, great acoustics, and lots of tourists with pockets full of money. 

Many of these artists have a solid musical education and make the tour more pleasant, but according to local authorities some others don't. Recently, the Ajuntament (City Council) started a project to regulate their activities. Artists have been assigned 6 permanent spots in the Gothic Quarter where only Classical or Melodic music can be played. 

The rest of genres are to be performed out of this area on 13 other spots. No percussion, no noise over the decibel map in the district. No space exclusivity for any of the artists either. Law breakers can be fined and backsliders' instruments shall be confiscated. Each of the artists can play 4 hours a day divided in sessions of 2. 

These measures made neighbors happier and really have pissed musicians off!. Especially when you see illegal performers sneaking away from the police in the light of day in spite of cameras like the one in the picture. By this I don't mean anything against this man working perhaps according to regulations, I really enjoyed his performance anyway!


  1. Anonymous12:41 PM

    Beautiful streetlife.

  2. Anonymous1:43 PM

    Carlos, this is just a "stunning" photograph. It is up there with the greats. The photo, to me, tells a lot more than the people in it. It tells me of very old people struggling up and down this street in days gone by. It is a tiny street that is filled with memories nobody remembers.

    All of the photos I have seen here are just great. It begs the question: What camera are you using?

    Abraham Lincoln

  3. What a beautiful beautiful photo, Carlos!
    And I love your comments about the area, wow that's a lot of restrictions for what used to be the simplest job of all - post yourself in a street and play music. I guess that's what this world is becoming like; more and more controlled!!!

  4. Thanks for such deep analysis of my image Abraham it really compensates for all the night hours awake. I am using Nikon from some months now. If you trace the photos back till the Candy market you notice a big change before that. It is a D70s. I am in love with her and viceversa :)

  5. Carlos!
    What an amazing pic! I see there's lot of control over street musicians there!
    Creo que vale para el "theme day" también ;)

  6. what a beauifully-colorful street scene.
    Excellent shot!

  7. The most beautiful, most soulful photo of the day! Bravo!

  8. Great capture!love it.
    I like your writing,Nice article.

  9. Anonymous5:00 AM

    Carlos, estoy fascinado con esta imagen. Es verdaderamente hechizadora. Y estoy de acuerdo con Dsole, sí vale para el tema del día.

  10. Anonymous10:51 AM

    Carlos, I love Nikon cameras too and had one in 1954 in Japan. I also had a Canon then and kept it and sold the Nikon. I have used Canon cameras ever since then. I was just going to buy that new image stabilization lens 70x200 f2.8 telephoto zoom (White lens) that Canon came out with but it is a lot of money. I do OK with the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT I have now but I am hard pressed to find places, with so much color, to photograph here. So I do wildlife in my back yard.

    Thanks again.


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