Bitacora comes to be Antonio Ballestín’ diary of musical experiences. In the project converges different musical languages like jazz, folk and contemporary music. That’s the reason they like to call it ‘amphibious music’. The band was based in 2003, playing in different festivals and series, standing out their presence in the 2010 Zaragoza Jazz Festival.
April 19, 2015, during the “V Jornadas de Cello” in Huesca, Antonio Ballestín is commissioned to write an arrangement of the famous theme by Alaska y Dinarama titled “Ni tú ni nadie (Mil Campanas”, to be played by an orchestra of about 40 Cellos at all levels.
In April 2015, finally goes on sale “Highway Soundscapes” by Antonio Ballestín,a piece for percussion ensemble award at the contest Composition / Percussion Italy Pas 2012. The edition is provided by HoneyRock Editions (USA), with illustration Javier Aparicio Frago cover and foreword by César Peris.
12th of Marz 2015, premier of Cabaret-Concert “Las Memorias comatosas de Paquita La Ibérica”, in Sala Mompou, Barcelona. This is a colective composition by Associació Catalana de Compositors with idea, libreto and scene direction by EduardoDiago, including works by Cristina Vilallonga, Eduardo Diago, Marcos Bosch, Antonio Ballestín, Gheorghe Motatu, Armand Grébol, Gonzalez de la Rubia and Anna Bofill. Performing Estela Barrientos (cantante), Juan Campabadal (actor), Mariona Sarquella (piano), Marta Pons (cello), Eduardo Javier Ysla (clarinet), Erica Ponce (coreografy and “canción del Jamón”) y Juan Campabadal (video).
Antonio Ballestín meets the Huesca Big Band in a Master Class / Workshop. The session will consist of a speech about the writing process of his composition “Cierzo”. After, the piece will be rehearsed in order to be part of “Huesca Big Band” repertoire and its new CD. The piece belongs to the repertoire of “Bitácora-Septet”, which is Antonio Ballestín ś own regular band.
13th April 2014, during the “IV Jornadas de Violonchelo” in Huesca, an arrangement of the hit “The Final Countdown” by Europe was commissioned to Antonio Ballestín,. The piece will be performed by an orchestra consisting of cellos exclusively, of different levels.