Tentenelaire (Galileo Music/Nufolk NF012, 2010)
Sevilla-based Contradanza is one of the leading groups in the new Andalusian folk movement. Together with Jerez’s La Jambre, Contradanza takes the traditional songs of Andalusia and reconfigures them in exciting new ways. On their latest release, ‘Tentenelaire’ (which means mestizo) Contradanza continues its explorations of Andalusian folklore, but the musicians go beyond the European borders, incorporating jazz and musical influences from the eastern Mediterranean and the Celtic world.
Led by charismatic vocalist, guitarist and composer Ricardo de Castro, Contradanza incorporates musical instruments as diverse as guitars, accordion, flutes, Turkish baglama, drums, electric guitar, fiddle and brass. Line-up: Ricardo de Castro: acoustic guitar, mandola and voice; Rafa Alvarez: accordion and flutes; Fernando García Conde: drums, Arab & African percussion, cajon flamenco; Jesus García: fiddle and mandolin; Antón Ramírez: bass.
With Tentenelaire, Contradanza has created Andalusian folk music of the greatest caliber.