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Albaluna, Charismatic Progressive World Music from Portugal

Albaluna – Amor, Ira & Desgosto (independent release, 2019)

Albaluna is an outstanding Portuguese band that is hard to describe. Their sound is rooted in a fantastic mix of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences, northern European folk, medieval music and progressive rock. They call it ethnic prog. Whatever, you call it, it is one of the most captivating and original acts I’ve heard out of Europe recently.

Albaluna – Amor, Ira & Desgosto

Amor, Ira & Desgosto (Love, Wrath and Disgust) combines ancestral instruments from around the globe as well as modern instruments, injecting the high energy of progressive rock drums, electric bass and keyboards along with charismatic vocals that cut across time.

The group’s performances range from intimate acoustic concerts to lively electric shows at folk and rock festivals. The band has performed in Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Lithuania, and India.

Prior to Amor, Ira & Desgosto, Albaluna released three albums and two EPs, “D’Antes” (2010), “Marca Antiga” (2012), “Alvorada da Lua” (2014), “Nau dos Corvos” (2016) and “Nau dos Corvos – Lado B” (2017).

The lineup includes Ruben Monteiro on sanfona (hurdy gurdy), kopuz, kisa, divan, harmonium, davul, zurna, keyboards, santur, and vocals; Raquel Monteiro on medieval viola and violin; Dinis Coelho on jembe, darbuka, dahola, bendir, tombak, daf, tabla and riq; Christian Marr’s on voice, bass and bouzouki; Carla Costa on tin whistle, ney and gaita de foles (bagpipe): Tiago Santos on drums; and Luís Runa on keyboards.

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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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Artist Profiles: Tündra

Tündra

Spanish progressive folk band Tündra was formed in Logroño, northern Spain, in late 2008 by four local musicians with backgrounds in folk music, rock and jazz.

The musical influences ranged from Swedish band Hedningarna and Spanish contemporary folk ensemble La Musgaña to progressive rock and jazz.

The early lineup included four multi-instrumentalists from Logroño. In 2012, Tündra won the first prize at the Gota Music competition, which gave them the opportunity to record their debut album titled “Folk Ancestro Sideral.”

One of Tündra’s members, Daniel Latorre is a highly esteemed instrument maker who handcrafts some of the ancient instruments used by the band.

In 2013, Rafa Martín, founder of the renowned folk band La Musgaña joined the band.

Band members in 2019 included Ignacio Benito on flutes, bagpipes, psaltery and drum; Jorge Garrido on drums, percussion and bass; Francisco González on electric guitar and samplers; and Rafa Martín on zanfona (hurdy gurdy) and nyckelharpa.

Discography:

Folk Ancestro Sideral (Nada Producciones, 2013)
Bastardüs (2017)

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The Elegant Progressive Folk of Pekka Nättinen

Pekka Nättinen – Usein Kasvoin

Pekka Nättinen – Usein Kasvoin (Pekka Nättinen, 2014)

Usein Kasvoin is a superb genre-defying album by Finnish multi-instrumentalist Pekka Nättinen. On Usein Kasvoin, Nättinen brings together Finnish folk, medieval influences, contemporary jazz, global percussion, blues and progressive rock elements.

Pekka Nättinen plays a wide range of fascinating flutes and other wind instruments along with spellbinding kantele, guitars and more.  He’s joined by masterful musicians who come from various musical traditions.

The lineup includes Pekka Nättinen on wind instruments, kantele, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bouzouki, dobro, vocals, and programming; Tony Elgland on electric bass and double bass; Juha Kujanpää on piano, keyboards; Seppo Santala on vocals and programming; Osmo Blomqvist on percussion; Antti Heerman on violin; Jarmo Hovi on percussion; Emmi Kujanpää on kantele; Saara Lehtonen on flute; Hannu Leppänen on drums, percussion; Iida Nättinen on vocals; Markku Rinta-Pollari on tenor saxophone; Henric Sandås on bandoneon; and Hannu Tähtelä on kantele.

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