Monday, May 25, 2015

Stelios Petrakis, Efrén López, Bijan Chemirani - [2011 Greece/Spain/Iran] - Mavra Froudia @320


L'Ham de Foc related.

The latest project of this three musicians recognized in different disciplines: Stelios Petrakis, one of the most well-known performers and makers of Cretan lyra al lute of the new generation. Efrén López, Valencian multiinstrumentalist founder of L'Ham de Foc and collaborator with many bands dedicated to European Early music, and percussionist Bijan Chemirani, born into a musical family and heir to the great tradition of persian zarb. We proposed a program of original compositions based on rhythms and scales of different backgrounds: Crete and other Greek islands, Medieval Europe, Turkey and Iran.


01 - Mavra Froudia   5:24
02 - Üç Telli   8:50
03 - Hortus Deliciarum   6:46
04 - Sybritos   5:47
05 - A.A.A.A.A.A.A   6:34
06 - El Núvol D'Oort   8:24
07 - Saros   4:19
08 - Pano Choros   5:37


STELIOS PETRAKIS (Greece): Cretan lyra, Cretan laouto
EFRÉN LÓPEZ (Spain): hurdy-gurdy, rabab, fretless guitar, kopuz, laouto
BIJAN CHEMIRANI (Iran): zarb, bendir, daf

Sunday, May 24, 2015

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L'Ham de Foc - U (Spain 1999) @320


The band L'Ham de Foc was formed by Efrén López and Mara Aranda in 1998. After composing their first material they were invited by the INJUVE (Institute for Spanish Youth Culture) to participate in the yearly tour through various Spanish cities. The live setup required more musicians so L'Ham de Foc was founded after the band grew up to 7 members.

Shortly after that, the musicians got in contact with the independent label Sonifolk and in August of 1999 the first CD “U” (Sonifolk, 20137) was released. With the help of the new album, the band participated in several important Spanish world music and folk festivals. 

After a long tour throughout Spain Efrén López and Mara Aranda continued their musical investigation and moved to Greece for 6 months in order to learn more about traditional Greek music and to meet important musicians. The knowledge obtained during this trip was used in their second album, Cançó de Dona i Home (Sonifolk, 2002).

L'Ham de Foc was one of the leading groups of a new folk movement in Spain, that worked the traditional roots into a new, modern music concept. But L'Ham de Foc's work was not just a superficial look at its roots. The musicians' intention was to go back to where things originally came from, to learn how to play instruments, techniques and performances from first hand. Mediterranean folk music, including their own Valencian music; Greek music; and also music from India or Northern Africa; were main influences for L'Ham de Foc. This mixture was responsible for a widespread acceptance of their music.

Valencia's ancient history played a very important role in the band's music. Throughout the history of the southeastern Spanish coast, different cultures settled down, imposing their cultural roots. Thanks to its harbors, southeastern Spain was an important location for trading and the result was a permanent cultural exchange. Musically spoken, three different zones had the strongest influence: the Arabic countries in the south; the tradition from the Spanish region of Catalonia, France and Italy, denominated as the European zone; the central zone that is identified by a fusion of the north and the south. Hereto belong countries and regions like Greece, Andalusia, Yugoslavia, Albania, the Balearic Islands, Malta, Crete, Valencia, etc. These cultures are characterized by melismatic melodies, polyrhythms, double stringed instruments, wind instruments, quarter tone harmonies, and by the presence of the Arabic culture throughout 700 years.

01 - El Nord
02 - Lluna d'algeps
03 - Al matí
04 - Veritat
05 - Cançó de bressol
06 - D'un joc de flors
07 - Nikita i Estelís
08 - Els camins
09 - La lluna no vol
10 - Rodamons
11 - Si
12 - Dels amors del dimoni
13 - Tocs occitans
14 - La fe


Efrén López: Ud, Zanfona, Dulcimer, Bouzouki, Saz, Lauto, Trompa Marina, Gümbüs and Archilaúd.
Mara Aranda: Tampura, Percussion, Classical Guitar, Vocals.
Pep Ahuir: Baglama [Saz], Bouzouki, Acoustic Guitar, Classical Guitar. 
Diego López: Darbuka, Rig, Didjeridu, Bendir, Snare Drum, Cántaro and Tabla
Eduardo Navarro: Dulzaina Gralla, Tarota, Baguet, Galician Bagpipe, Bulgarian Bagpipe, Chirimía, Crumhorn, Flute, Violin and Mandolin.
Paco Bernal: Bendir, Crótalos, Snare Drum, Cajón and Cántaro.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Rún - Samhein (Ukraine 2008) @320


The band RÚN (Rún -- from Gaelic: secret, intention, motion (of a dialog); in the word-combination a rún -- my love, my dear) was founded in 2001 as a result of its members' "Celtic mania" and their striving for creative activity.
"Since then we perform traditional music of Celtic peoples in the form it exists nowadays, focusing primarily on Irish music.e study the authentic performance manner and try to play our repertoire on traditional instruments."
RÚN works in close cooperation with Kiev Irish and Scottish dance schools, organizes joint performances and folk dance master-classes.
RÚN is a friend of ecological NGOs organizations and willingly participates in their actions.


01. A Short Moment of Serenity
02. Wired to the Moon
03. Hardiman the Fiddler
04. Charley Harris
05. Walls of Liscarroll
06. The New Rigged Ship
07. Dia Do Beatha
08. Lord Mayo
09. Black-haired Lass
10. Rights of Blackbird
11. Across the Black River
12. Smoke the Feathers
13. Farewell to Sanity
14. The End of Darkness
15. Na Maithe Mora


Andriy Yakovenko - bouzouki, whistles, flute
Olga Kuzmanenko - bodhran
Anastasia Kandyrina - fiddle, viola
Mykola Ivanov - viola, fiddle, mandolin, gaita
Sergiy Kadenko - guitar

Recorded at the Studio of National Culture and Arts' Management Academy of 
Ukraine (Kyiv), April-September '08
Soundengineer: Taras (Jim) Davydenko
Mixed & mastered by: Sergiy Nagorny, RÚN
Photos: Eugen Sosnitsky, Mykola Ivanov
Cover design: Tetiana Kuzmina, RÚN

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