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Compilation CD World Music from Catalonia 2012
Compilation CD World Music from Catalonia 2012

New compilation World Music from Catalonia. 19 tracks selected by Jordi Lara (writer) in collaboration with Jordi Bertran (Fira Mediterrània de Manresa), Josep Maria Hernández Ripoll (journalist), Jordi Urpí (music chronicler) and Francesc Viladiu (music programmer).

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Gertrudis: Curiós (2.46)
CD: “Tripolar”
Author: Xavier Freire, Xavier Ciurans, Eduard Acedo

The videogame generation has reached Catalan rumba and it does so alternating it with inspiration drawn from reggae, funk, Latin or electronic music. Danceable music provided with a naïve and naughty schoolyard voice, with explosive surrealist poetry in its lyrics.

Pascal Comelade and Cobla Sant Jordi
Pascal Comelade and Cobla Sant Jordi: El rei de la màgia (2.48)
CD: “Pascal Comelade and Cobla Sant Jordi”
Author: Pascal Comelade

The musician with a toy piano whispering Italian tunes, a miniature guitar for rock'n'roll, or a tin drum to beat out traditional songs, also carries in his genes the sunny, sweet-sour sound of the cobla. Together with the Cobla Sant Jordi and Bernat Castillejo, he has created a really unique sound.

Yacine and The Oriental Groove: Parabol (3.13)
CD: “Parabòlic”
Author: Yacine and The Oriental Groove

With Yacine Belahcene and Yannis Papaioannou at the lead, we take on an eclectic journey through the suburbs of the Mediterranean; a cross between electric Arab rock, Catalan rock and a handful of diverse influences creating a multicultural form of urban expression.

Blaus de l’ànima. Més de 20 anys ben a prop
Maria del Mar Bonet and Manel Camp: Jim (3.44)
CD: “Blaus de l’ànima. Més de 20 anys ben a prop”
Author: N. Shawn, C. Petrillo and M. Samuels

This is a celebration of the maturity of two artists: Manel Camp’s more flexible piano and Maria del Mar Bonet's wiser voice, with an eclectic repertoire centered on some original tracks based on lyrics by Catalan poets. |

L’aigua no es mou
Folkincats: Swing Gitan (3.14)
CD: “L’aigua no es mou”
Author: Tradicional

If manouche can be considered the first European jazz style, it was hardly surprising that Folkincats should incorporate other European traditions into it: from traditional Catalan songs to western classical music -including interpretations of Beethoven. The starting point in the search for new improvisation languages.

Derrumband and Los amigos de siempre
Derrumband: La rumba de Vilafranca (4.58)
CD: “Derrumband and Los amigos de siempre”
Author: Francesc Torné (Derrumband)

Homage to the master Gato Pérez, with the same naughty melancholy and the threat of crossing boundaries while actually crossing them, Derrumband ends an era asserting Catalan rumba in the context of the popular festivities of Vilafranca: castells (human castles), giants and devils.

La barraca
Quico el Célio, el Noi i el Mut de Ferreries + Pep Gimeno “Botifarra”: De la flor de la farina (3.40)
CD: “La barraca”
Author: Tradicional

La barraca is more than just a title: the beating delta, the quiet running waters, the boredom of the boat, and the company provided by a rice-based dish in a cabin where people from the Ebro and Valencia meet to tell each other with irony and resignation about the few most important things in life - love, the passing of time, and pleasure.

Rompiendo aguas
Llama: Niña (3.52)
CD: “Rompiendo aguas”
Author: Sílvia Pérez Cruz, Ravid Goldschmidt

Goldschmidt doesn’t just revel in the velvety sound of the hang: he explores its possibilities underlining expressively the melismatic voice of Sílvia Pérez Cruz, modulated by copla, jazz or flamenco.

Foc al tribunal
El Pont d’Arcalís: Foc al tribunal (3.27)
CD: “Foc al tribunal”
Author: Josep Escudé, Jordi Fàbregas

The versions of traditional songs from the Pyrenees which El Pont d'Arcalís has been serving us for 20 years will soon be adopted by new generations with the same spirit with which they researched and reinvented them: with a feeling of relevance, accuracy and honesty.

Camaleons daltònics
Tazzuff: Cistell A (3.32)
CD: “Camaleons daltònics”
Author: Marc del Pino

Catalonia, Occitan, the Basque Country, the Balkans and Brittany are some of the traditions which coexist in Tazzuff's proposal, served to the sound of clarinet, accordions, hurdy-gurdy, bass and percussion. A proposal for danceable music with well polished arrangements and sonic restlessness.

Cants i cants
Apa: Al batre (4.30)
CD: “Cants i cants”
Author: Tradicional

With a prodigious voice which has given a mark of originality and dissemination to traditional Valencian cant d'estil, Josep Aparicio ‘Apa’ is imbued with the Andalusia coplas he learnt from his Malaga-born mother, with a wink of jazz, pop and the poems of Salvat-Papasseït or Estellés.

Sicus, 20 anys
Sabor de Gràcia: La mare de Déu (3.48)
CD: “Sicus, 20 anys”
Author: Tradicional

While some people carry on with the debate between purity and fusion in rumba, musicians just get on with their music, with fusion, a return to their roots or identifying with new or other roots. Sabor de Gràcia has sparked off the debate and renewed the public's interest, with music of undisputable quality.

Sardana curta però no tant
Perepau Jiménez and Jordi Molina: La dama de Beirut (3.51)
CD: “Sardana curta però no tant”
Author: Toni Xuclà, Jordi Molina, Perepau Jiménez

This album brings together two very Catalan sounds: the tenora and the diatonic accordion. Molina has pioneered a new attitude that sees the tenora as more than just an instrument for copla and sardana. Jiménez is a master of folk, with great flexibility for a number of languages.

Orquestra Àrab de Barcelona: Somnis d’Orient (2.59)
CD: “Libertad”
Author: Mohamed Soulimane, Mohammed Bout

Roots are not the past; roots are a language which is reinvented for today's world. In the midst of the Arab Spring, the band led by Mohamed Soulimane is here to talk about intercultural reconciliation through music, bringing concepts such as bossa, electronic music or flamenco into traditional Moroccan music.

Raó de viure
Toti Soler: El corazón es agua (2.45)
CD: “Raó de viure”
Author: Toti Soler

The late-life style of any great artist is often reconciliation with what drew him to become an artist. In Raó de viure, Toti Soler's guitar expresses itself with the serenity of a masterpiece, accompanying, and accompanied by powerful female voices.

Els ignorants
Rumba Vella: Els ignorants (3.31)
CD: “Els ignorants”
Author: Joan Calabuch

The third generation of Catalan rumba artists is reinventing the generations of the 1970s and 1990s while also hailing their modern nature. The group Rumba Vella is able to skilfully carry genres such as tango, traditional song and ballads into the remit of the best traditional rumba music.

X Marcianes
Miquel Gil: La cileta (3.58)
CD: “X Marcianes”
Author: Tradicional

The rough and peremptory voice of Miguel Gil will take you to the popular literature and the shameless subtlety of the verses of Valencian and Catalan poets such as Estellés, Casasses, Monforte and Fornés. The superb result of three years of sentimental and musical entomology.

La Pegatina: Janoneva (3.01)
CD: “Xapomelön”
Author: La Pegatina

The Pegatina universe is expanding: with urban rumba and salsa as its starting point, it has incorporated touches of ska, ranchera and disco music to give us a festival of after hours surrealism and potpourri confetti. Xapomelön highlights the success of a formula with international success thanks to energetic live performances.

La màgica olivera
Xavier Baró: La catedral de Joglaria (5.05)
CD: “La màgica olivera”
Author: Xavier Baró

Xavier Baró is a prophet of the intangible fruits of the earth: songs which talk about those things which never change because they are part of man's own nature. Like this magic olive tree which grows in the silence, with deep roots, just happy to be an olive tree.