The Inventive Trad Spirit of Tündra

Tündra – Folk Ancestro Sideral (Nada Producciones, 2013)

The title of Tündra‘s Folk Ancestro Sideral gives you a hint of what’s coming. It means ancestral space folk. Tündra is a groundbreaking progressive folk band from Logroño, in the famed wine-making La Rioja region of Spain.

Tündra combines captivating traditional folk tunes and songs from various parts of Castille and other countries such as Macedonia and Finland along with shape-shifting progressive rock and jazz influences, intertwining ancient traditional musical instruments such as zanfona (hurdy gurdy), bowed vihuela (a Spanish instrument from the 1400s), bagpipes and tasteful and edgy electronics and electric guitar.

Tündra – Folk Ancestro Sideral

One of the band members, Daniel Latorre is also a renowned luthier, who handcrafts some of the musical instruments used by Tündra.

The lineup at the time included Jorge Garrido on drums, percussion, psaltery, kanjira, wavedrum and bass; Ignacio Benito on gaita charra (shepherd’s flute from Salamanca), chirula (a small three-holed woodwind instrument from the Basque region of Spain), tamboril (drum), psaltery, transverse flute, cane flute, and Swedish bagpipe; Danuel Latorre on zanfona and bowed vihuela; Francisco González on electric guitar and samples.

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. 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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