STA IN RESiDENCE at the School Narcís Monturiol


STA is a dub group based in Barcelona and which has been active since 2004. They have edited and self-edited over ten albums in various formats: CD-R, CD, cassette, vinyl, digital. They have played at festivals such as Sonar and Primavera Sound and, in locations which are much closer to their hearts, in countless squatters’ houses, cultural associations, charitable events and popular festivals, in other words, within the cultural fabric which forms the basis of the city.

STA works within a sound spectrum with a wide variety of influences. Punk stands out, both for the way music is approached as well as for its rebellious leaning; music with Jamaican roots, for its rhythm and way of producing music with an almost infinite imagination; free jazz and Afrofuturism, as an imaginary liberation, and the most experimental electronic music as a tool for the expansion of sound.

In STA’s work, we find elements such as repetition, minimalism of elements to compose a piece of music, self-management in production processes and sound collages. It’s as if Dub Syndicate had coincided with the music producer, Scientist in a DIY squatters’ house made up of  Barcelona artists, STA evolves outside the codes of dub music. Classic and ultramodern at the same time, the combination takes us to the limit the instrumental reggae. Their music recovers the essence of dub masters, such as Denis Bowell or Lee Perry, without losing sight of what they like, following the tempos of Sun Ra, free jazz, experimental electronics, punk and a long list of sound sensibilities


Presentation updated in September 2022

School Narcís Monturiol

Narcís Monturiol has participated in five previous editions of iN RESiDENCE: in the second (2010-2011), with Mar Arza; in the ninth (2017-2018), with Martí Sales; in the tenth (2018-2019), with Bruno Ollé; in the twelfth (2020-2021), with Consuelo Bautista; and in the thirteenth (2021-2022), with Jordi Lafon. It takes part once again, with a group of 3rd-year students.


The Narcís Monturiol Secondary School (Montbau, Horta-Guinardó) celebrated its 50th anniversary during the 2018-2019 academic year. It is a small school, with two classes per secondary year and one Baccalaureate class. The size of the school means knowledge of the whole educational area is possible and everyone’s involvement with the school is one of the factors that makes it different.


Students from 4th of ESO


Sara Elias and Iolanda Mallorques

Curator and coordination

Institut de Cultura de Barcelona
Consorci d’Educació de Barcelona