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An Evening With Jose Padilla …

In the second series ‘An Evening with…’ where music, fine drinks and inspiration meet, legendary DJ Jose Padilla hosted an intimate gourmet experience at MoVida which brought guests on a culinary and musical journey to Ibiza and the Balearic islands.

We were honoured to host Jose in one of our rooftop suites at Katamama.

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Kicking off the evening at Akademi, where guests enjoyed the welcome drink ‘Seville Fizz’ created by Dre Masso and his mixology team.

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Jose Padilla played a set of some of his favourite tracks on a rare set of vinyl. Read more about the tracks here in Jose Padilla’s own words: 

1. Paco de Lucia – Entre dos Aguas

This is Balearic music before the Balearic genre became popular. One of the best guitar players of all times, he was the first flamenco guitarist to introduce new elements to flamenco like bass, percussion etc. Even knowing at the time - in the year 1974 - that he was criticised by the flamenco purists, he took flamenco into a universal level. 

2. The Night Writers - Let the Music Use You

Definitely my favourite house record. This brings me straight back to the magic of Ibiza. At the end of the ‘80s and beginning of the ‘90s, when Alfredo (Fiorito) dropped this record at Amnesia, I just ran to the dance floor to dance my shoes off to this real timeless classic. 

3. Theo Parrish (re-edit) Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass – Rise

These days the DJs are doing re-edits of nearly every song under the sun but Theo did a great job with this track’s Latin flavour and I think it will be a perfect accompaniment to this Spanish dinner. 

4. Glenn Underground – Moog Vibrations

Glenn is definitely my favourite house music producer; he is a genius so I have to include one of his tracks in the selection. I think this one will be perfect tonight with its Latin-Brazilian flavours. 

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5. Joaquin Joe Claussell – With More Love

Joaquin is my friend and another of my all time favourite DJs and producers. This track is a cascade of acoustic guitar, piano, drums and beautiful chorus. Everything is in the right place, PURE BLISS

6. Jose Padilla – Day One

Normally after I’ve produced one of my tracks and listened to it a thousand times, I don’t really play it anymore but with this track it’s a different case. I’m very proud of this one; it was the first house track I produced and I still listen to it, I never get bored of it. 

7. Serginho Meriti – Batalha Maravilhosa

Of course this selection can’t be complete without a Brazilian song, the first time I heard Bossanova was when I was a teenager; it changed my perception of music completely, opened a new door and brought me into other styles. This artist is not well known like my other favourite Brazilians composers, João Gilberto, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes… So enjoy this strawberry from my Brazilian collection! 

8. Il Guardiano del Faro – Disco Divina (from LP Oasis)

A pearl from my collection, this is quite an obscure record from 1978. This is a clear example of the immense talent in the music scene during those years in Italy. This LP features a collaboration of musicians like Tullio de Piscopo (drums), Johnny Farina (guitar). This is a sailing piece of Synth-Pop-Cosmic-Ambient, A CORKER

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After aperitifs at Akademi, the evening continued to MoVida with an exclusive dining experience as Executive Chef Jimmy Parker presented
 a seven-course Balearic-inspired menu.  

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