Las Lunas de Astarté (Bujío Producciones, 2008)
Based in Jerez (Andalusia, Spain), La Jambre explores and recovers the rich folk music tradition of the Jerez region, the province of Cadiz and other Andalusian territories. The ancient folk songs are brilliantly transformed with the use of global beats and acoustic instruments from other parts of the world and traditions as well as electric instruments, such as fretless bass.
The fascinating song selection includes ballads and Christmas songs that breathe new life with the help of a remarkable collection of woodwinds, percussion and stringed instruments. Some of the lesser known instruments include the local gaita gastoreña (a single-reed clarinet), rociero whistle, dulzaina (a Spanish double reed instrument in the oboe family), Turish baglama and Tibetan singing bowls.
The title of the album makes reference to the Phoenician goddess Astarte, the goddess of love, nature, fertility, and carnal pleasure. Astarte was revered by other ancient cultures under different names: Venus, Maya, Aphrodite, and Ishtar. The Phoenicians established colonies in what is now Spain’s Cadiz province and their legacy has been the subject of fascination by many artists in the region.
The beautifully packaged CD comes with Spanish language descriptions about the origins of the songs.
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.