Uno (Santa Fe / Ojo! Records, 2011)
Spanish band Zoobazar is a Madrid-based world music ‘supergroup’ formed by top international instrumentalists and composers. Band members include Radio Tarifa‘s former oud player, La Musgaña‘s fiddler, La Shica’s and Eliseo Parra‘s drummer and percussionist, and the bassist of rock band GN3.
Zoobazar’s debut album, Uno, is a mesmerizing journey across the musics of the Mediterranean countries, including Iberian folk music, Turkish, Balkan, Greek, Middle Eastern and North African beats and melodies. The original pieces, rooted in folk music, are modernized by adding contemporary elements such as rock, funk and jazz.
Band members include German musician and composer Amir-John Haddad on oud and saz; composer Diego Galaz on fiddle and mandolin; Pablo Martin Jones on drums and percussion; Hector Tellini on bass.
Guest musicians include composer Vincent Molino on Poitou oboe (Radio Tarifa), Xavi Lozano on duduk and flute (Eliseo Parra), Pedro Esparza on tenor sax (Joaquin Ruiz), Raúl Márquez on fiddle (member of dancer Sara Baras’ Flamenco ensemble), and Jorge Arribas on accordion (La Musgaña).
Zoobazar is an example of world music its finest. An excellent debut album.
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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 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. He was also the executive producer of the first Latino feature film made in North Carolina titled “Los sueños de Angélica.”.