Artist Profiles: Aliara

Aliara at Folk Segovia

Aliara was formed in November 1978 with the aim of recovering and promoting the traditional folk music of the Valle de los Pedroches, a region north of the province of Córdoba, in the Sierra Morena. Due to its historical-geographical characteristic, the Pedroches has served as a crossroads and an obligatory passage between Castile, Andalusia and Extremadura, thus forming a peculiar autochthonous folklore with numerous influences.

Through constant research work since its inception in 1978, the experiences and the broad musical background of its members, a deep knowledge of Andalusian traditional music emerged. Aliara has a repertoire of more than 90 native songs, which can be configured different types of concerts, always trying to keep a balance between the musical development of traditional songs and its rigor and historical purity.

The name Aliara comes from a container made with a hollow bovine horn where you can transport the vinegar and oil to dress the meals.

Doroteo Amor Antoli – Voice, flutes and whistles; Javier Jaramillo Perez – Voice and guitar; Alberto – Percussion, voice and guitar; Maria Jose Luna Sanchez – Voice and Percussion; Susana Luna Sanchez – Voice and Percussion; Fernando Sanchez Fernandez – Laud, rabel and percussion; Bartolome Sanchez Fernandez – Bandurria, Guitar and percussion; and Rafael Sanchez Fernandez – Bass.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV 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 albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.

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