Woody Allen drafts little-known band for "Barcelona"

Wed Jun 18, 2008 2:06pm EDT
 
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By Judy Cantor-Navas

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Like Woody Allen's new film, "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," the song "Barcelona" by the band Giulia y los Tellarini explores chance meetings and subsequent love affairs, including one with the Spanish city itself.

"I equate Barcelona with love," says Giulia Tellarini, singer for the little-known Spanish indie band, whose song is featured in the film.

Talking to reporters at the recent Cannes Film Festival, where the movie met with enthusiastic reviews, Allen called the track "perfect."

"Barcelona" can be heard in the trailer for the film, which will be released September 5 and stars Scarlett Johansson, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. In addition to "Barcelona," the soundtrack includes Giulia y Los Tellarinis' song "La Ley del Retiro."

The band's first album, "Eusebio," was released on iTunes in late May. Its music came to Allen's attention last year during filming, when the girlfriend of one of the band members left a CD with some of the group's songs on it at the director's Barcelona hotel, the fashionable Hotel D'Arts.

"I didn't even know about it," recalls Tellarini, who was dubious when she checked the band's MySpace mail one day and found a message from someone in Allen's camp who was urgently trying to reach them. "I thought it was a joke. I didn't think that something like this could happen."

CHANCE ENCOUNTER

The band's beginnings were unexpected as well. Tellarini, 29, an accordion player, sound engineer and self-described "gypsy" from Northern Italy, met Alejandro Mazzoni, a musician from Buenos Aires who produces music for advertising and film, at a studio in Barcelona.   Continued...

 
<p>U.S. director Woody Allen arrives for the screening of his film "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" at the 61st Cannes Film Festival May 17, 2008. Allen's new film, "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," the song "Barcelona" by the band Giulia y los Tellarini explores chance meetings and subsequent love affairs, including one with the Spanish city itself. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier</p>