Welcome to Ibizology, a podcast exploring the culture, history and arts of the Balearic island of Ibiza.Im Bill Beacham, an Ibiza-based journalist and in each episode I interview an Ibizan who is contributing in some way to life on this wonderful island. Through their words I aim to bring to life different aspects of island living as they tell their unique stories. The Ibizan music you hear was recorded in July 1952 in the churchyard of the village of St Josep by the musicologist Alan Lomax. It is called Bon amor jo et venc a veure which translates from Catalan as Good love, I come to see you. It is part of a huge archive of folk music he recorded all over the world. The Ibizan segment of the archive can be heard at http://research.culturalequity.org/get-audio-ix.do?ix=recording&id=11950:89&idType=subregion&sortBy=abcThe music, from the Alan Lomax Collection at the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress. Used courtesy of the Association for Cultural Equity.The painting of Ibiza's Dalt Vila is by Lizzie Langford, an artist based in Ibiza and Barcelona.
“Because of the plague the harbour was shut” Ibiza archivist Fanny Tur19/07/2020 Duração: 01h22min
The historian, archivist and politician Francesca or Fanny Tur Riera is in charge of the official historical archives of Ibiza and Formentera, which contain documents going back more than 800 years. As well as her work with the archive, Fanny has been politically active, championing the importance of Catalan culture and as a minister for culture and sports for the Balearic islands. Fanny is a respected historian. Two of her publications caught my eye and led to some thought-provoking conversation, as you’ll hear. Her work on the bubonic plague in Ibiza resonates today as the island fends off covid-19. I was surprised to learn that there are quite a lot of similarities between today’s coronavirus pandemic and the epidemic which swept the island in 1652. We also discuss Fanny’s work on the role of women in Ibiza, highlighting how there is still a long way to go to on the road to equality in what is still quite a machismo culture despite improvements over the centuries. I interviewed Fanny at the spectacular a
"Ibiza had some special magic where these genius swindlers operated": Martin Davies investigates19/04/2020 Duração: 01h05min
In this episode the writer, publisher, and original Ibizologist, Martin Davies, helps us to bring alive some of the characters living in Ibiza in the 1960s. We delve deeper into the enigmatic figure of Elmyr de Hory, possibly the twentieth century’s greatest art forger. You’ll hear Martin challenge one by one what I had assumed to be the basic facts about Elmyr’s life. Next we take a look at some of the other figures surrounding Elmyr at the time. The novelist Clifford Irving, wrote the biography which catapulted Elmyr into the limelight. But Clifford was himself a faker who went to prison for writing a book which he claimed was the authorised biography of the reclusive millionaire Howard Hughes. Elmyr had a difficult relationship with his art dealer Fernand Legros who, together with his partner, Real Lessard, played a big part in Elmyr’s life. But Lessard – who is still alive - later claimed he was the artist behind many of the pictures claimed by Elmyr. We also discuss Orson Welles’ documentary “F f
Elmyr de Hory part 2 - we dig deeper with the art historian and forgery expert Jeffrey Taylor20/01/2020 Duração: 33min
This time we delve deeper into Elmyr de Hory's life and art as I speak to the renowned art historian, Jeffrey Taylor, who has a particular interest in art forgery. He has studied Elmyr’s life, debunking some of the claims made by Elmyr about his background, and paying close attention to his art. We also discuss how he successfully eluded the authorities for so many years and the secrets to his success as a forger.
Elmyr De Hory - the twentieth century's most successful art forger12/11/2019 Duração: 48min
Elmyr de Hory, perhaps the twentieth century’s greatest art forger, lived in Ibiza from 1961 until his suicide in 1976. Uncovering the truth about Elmyr is difficult – the more you dig into his history the more impenetrable it becomes. For Elmyr, being gay and Jewish made life difficult in post-war Europe. Globe-trotting Elmyr settled in Ibiza in 1961 until his suicide in 1976 when facing extradition to France. In this episode I interview Mark Forgy who lived with Elmyr in Ibiza and was with him when he died. He describes candidly what a huge impact Elmyr has had on his life as well as the proliferation of "fake Elmyrs" now on the art market.
Pere Vergés: "real music is live music, performed by people"07/09/2019 Duração: 01h06min
Up in the wild hills above Santa Agnes in the north of Ibiza dwells an extraordinary musician and instrument-maker. Pere Verges welcomed me into his primitive finca one summer evening and talked to me about his life and philosophy. During the recording he plays a selection of his unusual and unique stringed and woodwind instruments. As you’ll hear, some of the sounds are like nothing you’re likely to have witnessed before. Our discussion then touches on Ibiza past and present as well as well as his definition of real music. As I am a lover of dance music, we didn’t see eye to eye on this and this made for a pretty lively conversation. For Pere, real music should not be tampered with by electronics. He also blames the dance music industry for many of Ibiza’s current problems. Let’s join Pere now, as he creates some pretty mind-blowing music. The podcast is illustrated by Lizzie Langford, an artist based in Ibiza and Barcelona. The music comes from a recording made in 1952 at St Josep, Ibiza, by Alan Lomax
Damien Enright - Dope in the Age of Innocence: part 2, the walkabout09/06/2019 Duração: 47min
In the previous episode of Ibizology I introduced you to the Irish writer Damien Enright. He told us his story of life in Ibiza in the 1960s centred around the bohemian Domino Bar in La Marina. Damien was a free spirit and ended up doing a drugs run to Turkey. Returning to the Spanish border, disaster struck as customs officials began dismantling his VW campervan, which was stuffed full of marajuana. Damien escaped across the border into Spain and hid in an apartment in Dalt Vila while police searched for him. His book, Dope in the Age of Innocence, describes his adventures and brings to life a time of great social change in Europe, which also touched Ibiza and Formentera. In Part 2, I accompany Damien and his wife, Marie, as we tour his old haunts in Ibiza Town, including his hideaway in Dalt Vila and The Domino bar. Let’s join them now, first in their apartment on Vara de Rey as Damien describes the deal he has signed which could lead to a TV series based on the book. Then we head out into the town.
Damien Enright: Dope In The Age Of Innocence26/04/2019 Duração: 01h17min
Writer Damien Enright first set foot in Ibiza in the early 1960s and fell straight in with the bohemian, hedonistic, international crowd centred around the Domino bar next to the port in La Marina. Free-thinking Damien had many adventures, including a failed dope-smuggling run from Turkey to Ibiza, which form the basis of his novel Dope in the Age of Innocence. The book is now being turned into a TV script by the Gaumont Film Company and could appear on Netflix or another major TV platform.
Canon Peters: rector of San Antonio and keeper of the cathedral archive25/02/2019 Duração: 44min
In this episode you will meet Canon Francisco Torres Peters – Rector of San Antonio and keeper of the diocesan archive next to Ibiza cathedral in Dalt Vila. He is an expert in church history and the perfect person to describe the development of Christianity here. At the end of the interview Canon Peters shows us some important pieces in the museum including a relic believed to be a piece of the true cross. Finally we cross the road to the archive where I am shown a manuscript from the Spanish inquisition in Ibiza plus an old herbal by Linnaeus.
Ibizan social anthropologist, Joan Costa Bonet24/12/2018 Duração: 01h19min
The Ibizan social anthropologist, Joan Costa Bonet, has begun an ambitious project to map and classify all the roads, tracks and paths on the island. You might be surprised to hear that Ibiza currently has no comprehensive survey or map of its routes. Islanders have always relied on local knowledge, rather than anything written, to define limits of land ownership plus public and private rights of way. Joan wants to capture this information before it is lost as the older generations pass away. He believes this is a huge opportunity to create a properly-defined network for all Ibizans and lovers of rural Ibiza. It will also help create certainty and solve the increasing number of conflicts over rights of way. Anyone using country paths and tracks in Ibiza is invited to join a new group which will help Joan survey the island, and the links to this are in the notes for this podcast. You can contact La Plataforma per la catalogació dels camins públics d’Eivissa by e-mailing [email protected] or visiting www.
Emily Kaufman: "Under Franco you had to love your country and love the church"04/11/2018 Duração: 01h01min
The historian and writer, Emily Kaufman, has brought Ibiza’s history to life for English-speakers through many magazine articles and her much-loved book, A History Buff’s Guide to Ibiza. Emily was born in New York city and grew up in Pennsylvania. She came to Spain on a gap year after university and that year became the rest of her life. Emily moved to Ibiza in 1984 where the great walls of Dalt Vila first piqued her interest in history. In this interview I want to explore the Spanish Civil War as it still seems so raw and relevant today, eighty years later. Emily brings to life this tumultuous period in European history, describing how the forces of communism, fascism and democratic reform collided and led to war in Spain. It touched Ibiza with some horrifying results including the massacre of more than 90 men, the cream of Ibizan high society. Ibizology artwork by Lizzie Langford
Joan Roig: "We have a Byzantine settlement over there from the seventh century AD"26/09/2018 Duração: 01h10min
Ibizan archaeologist, Joan Roig, takes us on a tour of the Ca Na Negreta bypass excavation near Ibiza Town. Earlier in the summer his team uncovered an inscribed Roman tombstone, a Byzantine settlement and Punic vineyards. Later Joan describes the pleasures and torments of professional archaeology.
Charlotte Mensforth: "There was a knock at the door - I could no longer stay in the US"18/08/2018 Duração: 01h14min
The Ibiza-based artist Charlotte Mensforth has had an adventurous life to say the least. She grew up near London in the Second World War, trained there, and then travelled Europe, eventually meeting the novelist Jack Beeching. Jack had lived in Formentara and St Vicente, Ibiza, and his first wife wrote the excellent book “A Valley Wide”, published by Martin Davies of Barbary Press. Charlotte and Jack moved to the US in the 1960’s where Jack’s left-wing leanings led to the couple being kicked out of that country as well as Greece. After visiting and painting in Ibiza it was finally after Jack died that Charlotte made the island her permanent home. Ibizology podcast artwork by Lizzie Langford
Santi Ribas Ibiza’s last lighthouse keeper: “At La Mola in WW2 a German plane crashed into the sea”09/07/2018 Duração: 31min
Santi Ribas will be Ibiza’s last lighthouse keeper when his compañero retires. Like his father before him, Santi cares for dozens of lighthouses and buoys around Ibiza and Formentera. Meeting at Botafoch lighthouse where he lives, Santi tells us about his life, work, and history before we tour the lighthouse. Photography by Karmen Savisto @carmenconkphotography
Toni Manonelles: "In the thirteenth century arrived a dance very similar to today’s"03/06/2018 Duração: 01h22min
Toni Manonelles is a true Ibizologist. He has made it his life’s work to investigate and understand the traditional rural culture and way of life here. Toni celebrates and promotes Ibizan country dancing and music and has just published a book which digs deep into its origins and meanings. In this interview Toni describes how moving, as a child, to the countryside made him want to understand and appreciate a disappearing way of life. At the end we are treated to a demonstration of Ibizan music and traditional singing which you may recognize.
Rolf Blakstad: Ibizan fincas are measured in royal cubits, just like the ancient Egyptians30/04/2018 Duração: 37min
Rolf Blakstad heads the famous Ibizan architect company Blakstad Design Consultants. Like his father before him, Rolf champions the traditional design of Ibizan fincas. You can see many beautiful examples of Blakstad renovations and new builds all over Ibiza and further afield. In this podcast Rolf describes how Ibizan finca design has remained essentially unchanged since the time of the Phoenicians, more than 2000 years ago.
Martin Davies: Like having a child, sometimes a book isn’t planned, it just happens31/03/2018 Duração: 56min
In this episode I interview Martin Davies, Ibizologist and owner of the Ibizan publishing house Barbary Press http://www.liveibiza.com/ibiza_literature/barbary_history.htm Martin explains why he came to the island and how he got into publishing. He has published seven books on Ibiza with an eighth – “Voyage and Discovery” by Conor O’Brien due out in May or June. The podcast is illustrated by Lizzie Langford, an artist based in Ibiza and Barcelona. The music comes from a recording made in 1952 at St Josep, Ibiza, by Alan Lomax.