TEACHER’S TEAM – CRISOL 2017
Is one of the great masters of Scottish folk music. Born in Clackmannan, he discovered the fiddle at age 8, and it has accompanied him ever since. In 1973 he won the “National Mod” fiddle competition, and after graduating from university with a degree in physics he decided in 1985 to dedicate his life to music.
He is an exquisite performer, both dynamic and delicate, who has inspired millions of fiddlers around the world with his albums, performances and, for more than 20 years, his fiddle camps in Scotland and California. Now also in Spain.
His film credits include solo performances on the soundtracks of several major films, including Titanic, Last of the Mohicans, Wyatt Earp and The Spitfire Grill.
He formed the band Skyedance, whose very special latest album, “Live in Spain”, featured collaborations with some of the most important musicians from the Iberian Peninsula. Recently, apart from working with his friend and composer Paul Machlis, he has published four delicate and brilliant albums (“Fire and Grace” , “In the Moment”, “Highlander’s Farewell” and “Abundance”) with Natalie Haas. Both are a clear example of his free spirit, musical path and of the perfect duo they form together.
He started studying classical music when he was 6, being taught by the composer Alejandro Yagüe. He finished this part of his life after receiving classes, for more than 6 years, by the prestigious violinist Isabel Vilá. Soon he started to be in touch with bands in his city (folk music, flamenco, pop, rock, songwriters…). In the summer of 1996, Diego moves to Madrid. There he studied music (modern harmony, guitar and composition in the IMT music school), and started to participate in bands of different styles. In 1997 he starts to collaborate with “La Cabra Mecánica”.
He has collaborated in tours and recordings with numerous bands and soloists: Kroke, Marta Sebestyen, Kepa Junkera, and many more.
Galaz is the director and founder of the Festival d Instrumentos e Intérpretes Insólitos in Burgos, the only one of hi kind in Spain, and has also coordinated the cycle of concerts “Músicas en evolución” in the Museo de la Evolución Humana de Burgos and the festival “Atapercu” in Atapuerca.
He is also responsible for the musical production of the debut album “Quién nos va a salvar” of the band “La Maravillosa Orquesta del Alcohol”.
Diego has been instructor several times in renowned fiddler Alasdair Fraser fiddle camps in Spain and California.
He is a former member of the well-known folk band “La Musgaña”, with whom toured in more than 20 countries. He also is a member of bands like “La apasionante música del cine” with Cuco Pérez and Luis Delgado or “Fetén Fetén”, with Jorge Arribas, a duet with whom has developed pedagogic activities in the Museo del Prado de Madrid. He is founder of Zoobazar y fiddler in Nacho Mastretta’s orchestra, taking part in shows like “Birlibirloque”. He has composed the official music for the Cross Internacional de Atapuerca. His participation in Movie Soundtracks (“Sin vergüenza”, ”Invierno en Bagdad”, “Kasbha”, “Nadie es perfecto”, ”Días de cine”, …), music for TV shows and music for museums (Museo de los Castros Celtas o el Pastoril de Oncala), compositions for drama and documentaries complete the CV of this musician.
He is also a collector of Stroviols or “trumpet fiddles”, and he has a wide amount of them.
He’s also one of the few music saw players in Spain.
Es la violinista por excelencia del panorama folk gallego, comienza su trayectoria profesional en el año 2000 formando parte de la banda del gaitero Carlos Núñez durante una etapa que la llevó a pisar teatros y festivales a lo largo y ancho de los cinco continentes y tocar con primeras figuras del panorama folk, entre los que cabe citar a The Chieftains, Dan Ar Braz, Sharon Sahnon, o Solas; y participar en distintos trabajos discográficos entre ellos “Carlos Nuñez e Amigos” (Sony 2004) Premio de la Música al mejor disco de música tradicional 2005.
Es miembro de la orquesta folk de Galicia “Sondeseu” , ha colaborado en giras con los siguientes artistas, Lizgairo, Anxo Lorenzo, Susana Seivane, y Xosé Manuel Budiño.
Lidera su propia formación: Riobó, con la que ha editado dos trabajos discográficos: “Riobó” (Zouma 2010) y “Quiral” (Sul 2015).
Imparte cursos volcados en la enseñanza del violín en el campo de la música tradicional destacando la participación el “Crisol de Cuerda” el único Fiddle Camp que Alasdair Frase y Natalie Haas organizan en España, o el San Simón Fiddle, campamento de verano orientado a jóvenes violinistas y organizado por la asociación Galicia Fiddle.
Es profesora de arpa céltica en la Escuela Municipal de música folk y tradicional de Vigo ETRAD.
Blanca Altable (1984) is one of the few fiddlers in the traditional scene in Castilla. She begins her studies of classic fiddle at 5 years of age, but soon she devotes herself to the fiddle, since hers is a family of traditional musicians.
With a particular and creative vision, she makes much of her repertoire from the dulzaina, her field work as a fiddler consisting in adapting scores for dulzaina to the fiddle. Particularly, music from the center and north of Castilla, since her grandfather, Simón Altable, was a dulzaina player, and started Blanca in the oral tradition from this region.
Out of this field work, she has co-founded two projects: Blanca Altable & Chuchi² y Cira Qu; And also participated in other folk projects like El Hombre Folkíbero & Cía.
Always in search and study, her advanced education as a fiddler grows with her participation in international fiddlecamps in California, New York and Scotland, getting closer to places and social environments where fiddle music happens in a vernacular and spontaneous way … Galicia, Basque Country, Quebec, Scotland, USA.
She has got opportunity of playing in scenarios and festivals all over Spain, showed her music in the USA, Africa and part of Europe, and participated in projects like VocalizÁfrica, Nélida Karr, Vallarna, Dario Bontempi, Salvador Amor, Pure Hemp, Sammy Jankis, Kasparov Vs Deep Blue, Roberta Medley, Sons d’ Cabiella…
She is an increasingly demanded teacher as well, committed with the personalized and creative education.
When she was just 6 years old, a guitar was put in her hands, and after it, a fiddle. Just by playing is how she started her studies in the Professional Conservatory in Segovia.
A bit later she started to show interest in Irish music, so she has worked for a few summers in Ireland. There, she was able to take part in sessions with musicians that captivated her. After this, she met Blanca Altable, who taught her folk fiddle for 3 years and who introduced her to a new and exciting way of playing. Then she decides to join Crisol de Cuerda where she met masters like Alasdair Fraser, Casey Driessen, Begoña Riobó, Hanneke Cassel… There she finally fell in love with fiddle, tradition and music.
After a slight life course correction, she decides to study music and investigate about tradition. She moves to Madrid, starts to study harmony, composition, piano an improvisation in Escuela de Musica Creativa and starts her studies in Anthropology.
Her main musical project is “Baisleac”, an Irish music duet, and occasionally participates in folk projects such as “Andanzas” or “El Hombre Folkibero”. In 2016, after her investigations in Iberian music (Castilla, Galicia, Cantabria) she starts to teach fiddle in the music school “A Píntega Marela”, in Madrid.
Natalie’s youth has not stopped her from recording several albums and collaborating with many important musicians. She comes from a classical music background, but she began to be interested in Celtic music when she first came to Alasdair’s Valley of the Moon camp at the age of 11. Alasdair Fraser encouraged her to explore the rhythmic and harmonic basis that cello once had in traditional Scottish music. Now she is a musical reference of incredible creativity and generosity.
Marta Roma is a splendid and versatile cellist and singer from Barcelona has an eclectic background in music and other arts. Marta has developed her unique approach through improvisation and singing in different genres and cultures. She has performed with great artists as Gary Burton, Alejandro Sanz, Dream Theater, Susana Baca, A.R Rahman and many others. Marta has toured all around the world and performed and offered workshops in Spain, México, Colombia, Cuba, Brazil, USA, Japan, Philipines and the Dominican Republic.
Marta has competed a stage in the Fedujazz Foundation of Music Education in Dominican Republic, where taught and oriented young students and created materials for her educational programme. She also collaborated with the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival in its 20th anniversary.
She is currently developing her music career in Boston, where she combines performance with teaching.
Born in Moscow, 1982, from cuban parents, from a young age he begins his music studies with the cello, en La Habana, Cuba. Used to improvise, his musical taste takes inspiration from the Jazz, the Cuban music, the Funk, and the Flamenco; he develops a fascinating style of his own, taking the cello to a new language. Nowadays he lives in Barcelona, where he is a member of Aupa Quartet.
He has collaborated in recordings, and shared the scene, with artists like Pablo Milanés , Chano Dominguez ,Macaco , Dorantes ,Renuad Garcia-Fons, Yusa, Descemer Bueno ,Kiko Veneno Reynald Colom, among others.
This year he participates, for the third time in a row, in Crisol de Cuerda Fiddlecamp (2016). Also, he has been invited, as a teacher of modern cello, to the Barcelona Fiddle Congress (2016).
JOSÉ RAMÓN ROCHA
León, 1963, it’s hot there. A Coruña 1967, it is raining.
The music awakens among guitars around the neighborhood and the beaches. At 16, the conservatory. Only some people worth remembering.
Nani García, Xosé Manuel Eirís, some folk … at this stage, too little self-confidence and no voice of his own at this stage … and then, in his twenties, the Xoven Orquestra de Galicia was just too much. Hence, cello gets locked away.
Then it came the work in the office. 10 years later, Nirvana and the “Red Hot” rescue this poor cello … and the blues, always the blues!!.
Around the year 2000, he starts teaching in Ribeira … love and death. He moves to Cangas, until today, where he keeps on teaching. And an old dream: unlike a coin, lefi has got more than sides, things can be other way.
Eugene Friesen (el Trio Globo), one sound, the voice.
He plays at popular celebrations and pubs. Traditional music and recorded music to play on fearless … that’s his school.
And at last, Alasdair and Natalie: the old dream made real, learning to love your own voice.
Now his part of San Simón Fiddle, offering what he never had.
And of course there still are things to say, but who can stuff the sea in a bottle?
Tony McManus was born in 1965 in Paisley, Scotland into a family with strong Irish roots.
Violin lessons at school led to picking up mandolin and later, at age 10, guitar. From that age he was driven by the traditional music he was hearing at home, on records and on radio.
To find a unique voice on so ubiquitous an instrument as the acoustic guitar is quite an achievement: to do so within a centuries old idiom where the instrument has no real history is truly remarkable.
Tony McManus has come to be recognised throughout the world as the leading guitarist in Celtic Music. In Tony’s hands the complex ornamentation normally associated with fiddles and pipes are accurately transferred to guitar in a way that preserves the integrity and emotional impact of the music.
Today his live work involves intimate solo performances but also as a sideman having worked with, among many others Dougie McLean, Phil Cunningham, Mairi MacInnes, Liam O’Flynn, Martin Simpson, Kevin Burke, Alison Brown, Martyn Bennett, Natalie MacMaster, Patrick and Jacky Molard, Mairead ní Mhoanaigh and Dermot Byrne, The Nashville Chamber Orchestra, John Jorgenson, Jean Michel Veillon, Catriona Macdonald, Seikou Keita, Xosé Manuel Budiño, Ewen Vernal and Andy Irvine.
He is also in great demand as a studio musician having contributed to over 60 albums. In addition to his solo output Tony has worked with both singers and instrumentalists providing his distinctive sound on many successful projects.
So far his music has taken him to almost every country in Europe, to most states in the US, every province in Canada, to Japan several times, to Australia/ New Zealand eight times and to Columbia and Costa Rica in Latin America. The schedule shows no sign of slowing.
Jesús Enrique Cuadrado “Chuchi”
Jesús Enrique “Chuchi” is a big name in folk contemporary guitar world in Spain. His versatility and style have made him be one of the most precious guitar players in the Iberian Peninsula folk scene. Cofounder of Vallarna, the Buho Dinámico duo with bouzoukist Carlos Martín Aires and the awarded folk duo Blanca Altable & Chuchi⎮.
As guitarist, composer or arranger he has worked with Folkfussion, A Gramalleira (recording with Goyo Yebes from Celtas Cortos), Celtas Cortos (folk cover of Retales de una Vida), Xerfa, María Salgado and Anxo Lorenzo (Galician pipes virtuoso).
He has been taught by renowned guitarists from Spain, Scotland and US such as Tony Macmanus, William Coulter, Scott Law, Carlos Beceiro, Raúl Olivar and Yann Falquet to say just a few. His curiosity about new musical styles and his broad background make him to be one of the most demanded musicians among the Castilian and Spanish folk scene.
Jaime is a multi-instrument player specialized in ethnic and middle age sounds. He is self-taught in traditional flutes and diatonic accordion, and as specialized himself later in several courses: a wooden flute seminar by Jean-Michael Veillon in Bretagne, a course of Vasque accordion by Kepa Junkera in A Coruña; a seminar of diatonic accordion in Lyon (France), a seminar of Kaval (Bulgarian flute) in Pamporovo, (Bulgaria); Bulgarian and oriental style clarinet classes with Ivo Hristov, seminars in La Escuela de Música Creativa and Taller de músicos in Madrid.
He is a founding member of the contemporary traditional music “La Musgaña”, with whom he as recorded 8 albums and toured for the last 28 years in: USA, Canada, Morocco, Argelia, Germany, Italy. France, Slovenia, Ireland, Hungary, Great Britain, Serbia, Sweden, India, Finland, Tunisia, Mexico, Greece and almost all the Spanish geography.
Besides, he participates in recordings and concerts with Luis Delgado, Eduardo Paniagua, Aljamía conducted by Felipe Sánchez , Eduardo Laguillo, La Compañía Ibérica de Danza and with Ana Alcaide. He has collaborated with other soloist or groups like: Javier Bergia, Joaquín Díaz, Kepa Junkera, María Salgado, Bleizi Ruz, Chenoa, Carlos Núñez, Cormac Breatnach, Roque Baños, Luis Paniagua, Javier Paxariño, Manuel Luna, Eliseo Parra, etc
Xosé Liz (flute/guitar/bouzouki) is one of the most active musicians among Galician folk scene. Producer, composer and arranger, he masters plucked string instruments and flutes. He is instructor for these instruments at traditional music academy “e-Trad” in Vigo. He was founder musician of important galician bands in the 90’s such as Beladona, Entretrastes, Lizgairo and Riobó and, he collaborates with internationally known Galician artists such as Uxía, Rodrigo Romaní, Cristina Pato or Anxo Lorenzo.
She has come a long way in her musical education, through l’Aula de Jazz i Música Moderna del Conservari del Liceu, and still on her way with Anna Catalá and the Voice Craft technique. She has intensified more on singing, ear education and harmony, but also studied piano, dance, and guitar.
Her professional career includes various styles (argentinian and latin-american folk, Iberian folk, MPB, jazz, pop …), sharing the scene with excellent musicians, such as Elisabet Raspall, Albert Bover, Juan Quintero, Juan Pablo Chapital, Mario Rossy, Marcelo Mercadante, Aleix Tobias, Xavi Lozano, Juan Quintero y Luna Monti, Martín Laportilla, Julio Santillán, Paulinho Lêmos, Eliseo Parra… .
She also posseses a rich experience as a teacher in several schools, teaching voice and body percussion to children as well as adults, among other disciplines.
is a self-educated musician. He first picked a mandolin more than 20 years ago, when he was a lute player, and listened to all the classic and contemporary bluegrass recordings that he could access.
He played in many American music stages in Spain. But he missed Castilian music, and with his brother Quique he founded Los Hermanos Cubero. The band opened a new world of possibilities for his mandolin, finding an identity without denying his origins. In the recent times, Roberto has had the chance of studying with first level musicians as Jesse Brock (Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Gibson Brothers) and Holly Odell (John Hartford) to get deeper in the knowledge of his instrument.
Los Hermanos Cubero have toured all kind of festivals, concert halls and theatres, and have shared stage or collaborated with very different musicians as Los Planetas, Kepa Junkera, Manuel Luna, Los Deltonos o Guadalupe Plata.
In 1998 she starts her training in figure skating. Six years later she starts teaching skating to different groups both for leisure and competition, which she has been doing to the present day.
In 2005 she discovers the world dances and the European Bal Folk. She falls in love with this genre of music and dance and that feeling impels her to participate in plenty of festivals and workshops across Europe.
In 2011 she collaborates with Juan Ramón Campos and his initiative for teaching Bal Folk in a self-managed center in Madrid: “CSA Tabacalera”, which continues today. From this moment she starts imparting her own traditional dance workshops, both in solitary and in workshop-concerts with different groups from the current folk scene in Spain and Portugal.
Her dancing training suffers a great transformation in 2011, when she discovers the tango. It becomes a significant element in her professional development, dedicating a main part of her teaching activity to this area.
In 2015, along with Franceso Palmeri, founds the association Folqué? promoting the Bal Folk by organizing classes, workshops, concerts and other events.
Nacido en Zaragoza. Acordeonista que lleva más de 20 años tocando el acordeón cromático de teclado de piano. Inició su formación con el acordeonista navarro Ángel Calonge de quien recibió clases durante 12 años. Completó su formación sumergiéndose en el mundo de la música tradicional. Hoy sigue aprendiendo y apostando por este instrumento cada vez más en desuso. Con su actual proyecto, Vegetal Jam, ha participado en importantes festivales de Bal Folk en España, Francia y Portugal. También ha formado parte de diversos proyectos musicales: Música sudamericana, jota aragonesa, músicas del mundo, con los que ha recorrido Polonia, Rumania, Hungría, Bosnia, Italia y Francia. Concibe la música como un medio de expresión con el que pintar emociones y bailar sueños.