Old and New Sounds from Ancient Mediterranean Islands

Various Artists

Illes Balears del Folk al Pop (Blau CD400, 2004)

This compilation by Mallorca-based Produccions Blau features music by artists
from the Balearic Islands of Spain. There are four islands represented: Mallorca,
Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera. The styles range from folk and singer songwriters
to pop and contemporary instrumental.Música Nostra is one of the better known folk ensembles. The group uses the
Balearic language, which is derived from Catalan. Other folk groups, like
Ibiza’s UC, plays instrumental music
led by a small flute. Biel Majoral is another well known folk group. On the song
“Es Burjons” they recreate traditional music with wind instruments. S’albaida
plays a fandango, which is a style widely extended in the mainland. Sis Som
performs an a capella song in Balearic.

Joan Bibiloni (a male musician, Joan is a male name in the Catalan-speaking
parts of Spain) is the best known artist from the region. He is a virtuoso
guitarist and has recorded contemporary instrumental music, jazz and other
styles. On this compilation he performs a song with a Brazilian feel,
accompanied by orchestral strings.

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.