La Ruta de los Foramontanos (self produced, 2002)
Madrid has become a hot spot for world music and contemporary folk bands. Balbarda is yet another group to add to the list. The band plays mainly instrumental music. Balbarda is proof of what good things can happen when you combine several musical traditions in the Spanish capital’s melting pot. Most of the fascinating melodies are based on Castillian folk music, with contemporary arragements. But there are also thrilling Celtic influences, flamenco rhythms and jazz elements.Four musicians, including three multi-instrumentalists form the band: Xurxo Ordóñez plays various types of Spanish bagpipes and flutes. Jota Martínez is an outstanding hurdy-gurdy player who also plays sings and plays percussion. Javier Monteagudo plays guitars, ud, and percussion. Ana Alcaide plays fiddle.
Since this is a truly independent release, the best way to find out how to purchase a copy of the album is to contact the bandat their Web site: www.balbarda.com
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.