Orchestral Canarian Folk

Juan Carlos Martín

Guadá (Miltitrack Estudios, 2004)

Composer Juan Carlos Martín creates a rich mosaic of sounds inspired by the folk
music of the Canary Islands. Sometimes he utilizes a classical orchestra, or a
choir. Other times he uses a jazz ensemble with Latin beats, accompanying a
singer-songwriter. Traditional folk dances and melodies from the islands of
Tenerife and El Hierro, such as the seguidilla, folías, tango herreño and arroró
(lullaby), are transformed into chamber Latin jazz. One could find Paul Winter influences in the music of Juan Carlos Martín. This
wouldn’t be surprise as Winter has strong following in Spain.

In addition to jazz and classical musical instruments, Martín uses local
instruments such as the timple (a close cousin to the Portuguese cavaquinho and
the Hawaiian ukulele) and Canarian percussion.

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.