Xabier Mera |
Xabier’s profile is constantly evolving, but he principally works as a musician, a creator and a project facilitator. Born in Santiago de Compostela in 1977, he holds a degree in Galician Philology from the University of Santiago de Compostela and his musical and theatrical training has taken place in Galicia, Italy, the Taller de Músics in Barcelona and Morley College in London.
He has been involved in cultural and artistic creation since 2000. He directed the theatre festival Rúa D’Gorra in Santiago de Compostela from 2004 to 2006. He is the founder of the company Pistacatro where he works as cultural manager, composer, event and festival producer. Pistacatro is one of the only places in Spain to offer circus training through its Escola Circonove. As a freelance composer and musician, he has been playing, recording and composing for audiovisual pieces and theatre for over a decade, both in Spain and in the UK. He has founded, amongst other projects, one of the pioneering manouche jazz bands in Galicia, Aló Django.
He moved to London in 2013 to continue his musical journey, collaborating with jazz bands, big bands and choirs. Here he pursued training in film scoring and orchestra direction. In London he founded the GFF with other Galician emigrants, inspired by the need to create cultural initiatives in the UK related to Galician and to give Galician audiovisual creation visibility here in the UK.
Back in Galicia, he now directs the choir at Estudio, a music school in Santiago, and he is involved in multiple social projects focused on cultural self-management. He remains involved with the GFF and is our contact in Galicia!