The musician Jordi Fabregas died this Thursday at the age of 69, as confirmed by sources from the Tradicionarius Festival, of which he was director from 1988 to 2020, at which point he gave the testimony to Carol Duran.
Considered a key figure in Catalan folk music, Fabregas had to undergo emergency surgery on January 5 for a heart condition that he suffered and “complications after the operation have not allowed his recovery.”
The Ministry of Culture has lamented the death of the founder of the Festival and the Center Artesà Tradicionarius: “Jordi Fabregas, soul of Tradicionarius and essential person of folk in Catalonia, has died”.
“We cannot find any better tribute to celebrate Jordi’s life than to continue the program of the Tradicionarius Festival that he directed over thirty-three years and that should have inaugurated on January 15 with the show ‘Almanac'”, reported by its part the artisan center.
Fabregas was director of the Tradicionarius Festival from 1988 to 2020
Numerous entities, such as Omnium Cultural or BCN Cultura Popular, have expressed through social networks their regret for the disappearance of the Catalan musician and have recalled that he was a key figure in the development and promotion of traditional music.
Pere Aragonès also offered his condolences on his Twitter account: “Jordi Fabregas has left us, passionate about popular and traditional music who dedicated his entire life to discovering and spreading our roots. Rest in peace”.
Fabregas, who was also the founder of groups such as Coses, El Pont d’Arcalis and Els Ministres del Cami Ral, carried out most of his musical work through Tradicionarius and directed this festival from 1988 until last year’s edition, when it passed the witness to Carol Duran.