Transumanza (Altrosud/Megasound, 2008)
The word transumanza means transhumance, which is the ancient human tradition of moving livestock from mountains to the coast, back and forth every year, according to the seasons. In that regards Neilos pays respect to the tradition of shepherd songs. Even though the roots of Neilos music are based in Italian traditions of the south, such as Calabria and the influences include Italian as well as Greek and Byzantine music, the band combines folk roots with cutting edge global electronica, such as bass lines and samples.
The pieces have a cathartic nature, where ancient dances, frame drums, accordions and bagpipes are combined with the latest synthesizers and other electronic devices. Neilos is a magical and passionate musical collective that sometimes totals 15 musicians on stage.
Neilos is currently touring Itally and will be playing in Coritiba, Brazil in September 2008.
More about Neilos, www.neilos.it.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.