Arquitecturas Rayanas (Nuba Records/Karonte 2011)
Acetre, the great folk band from the borderlands of western Spain released this album in late 2011. Arquitecturas Rayanas is a tribute to the border architecture found in the border between Spain and Portugal. Acetre was formed in Olivenza (Badajoz), a border city between the two Iberian nations. Olivenza has preserved some of its Portuguese art. Until 1801, the city was part of Portugal.
The music on Arquitecturas Rayanas draws from the Spanish, Portuguese and Sephardic folk music traditions, including alboradas from Extremadura, Portuguese fado, harvest songs, and wedding dances. Acetre uses traditional lyrics that guitarist and composer José Tomás Sousa transforms into contemporary folk songs and tunes by adding current elements that include melodies and musical instruments from other traditions, polyphonic vocals and some jazz stylings.
The group is bilingual and uses Spanish and Portuguese lyrics. The current line-up features Antonio Leyras on bass, Ana Jiménez on vocals, Clara Lorenzo on fiddle, Ana Márquez on vocals, Inés Romero on accordion, Paco Croche on percussion, Fran González on drums, Víctor Asensio on flute, Extremaduran bagpipe, and clarinet, and José Tomás Sousa on acoustic guitar.
Guest musicians include Amine Tailssane on oud, Juan Manuel Rubio on santur and zanfona (Spanish hurdy gurdy), Miguel Blanco on guitars, Joao Esquetim on Portuguese guitar, Joaquin Carballo on trombone, and J. Manuel Madera on flugelhorn.
Arquitecturas Rayanas showcases some of the lesser known fine contemporary folk music that is being made in Spain.
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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 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.