Group DanceColin Cotter
Chromatic AccordionDiego Galaz
FluteJesús Enrique “Chuchi”
Quico Pugès Suárez
MandolinSaúl jimenez Montalvo
Flute & GuitarXosé Rocha
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.
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 possesses a rich experience as a teacher in several schools, teaching voice and body percussion to children as well as adults, among other disciplines.
Anders Hall was born in Arbrå, Hälsingland, Sweden.
He plays the fiddle, the viola and the Hardanger fiddle which he studied in the Ole Bull Academy in Voss, Norway, between 2006 and 2008. As a result, he has a unique point of view with deep knowledge of both Norwegian and Swedish music.
He is established as a very creative musician in the Scandinavian folk scene, and he is an active member and co-founder of The Nordic Fiddlers Block and Sver. He also works regularly with Sigrid Moldestad.
Anders has natural talent to reach the audience, mixing old tunes with new ideas and innovative expression.
Fiddler, guitar and mandolin player. He studied both classical, folk and contemporary music and has been active in the musical community of the Basque Country for years. He has collaborated with many bands focused on the Trikitixa (Basque button accordion) such as Tapia eta Leturia, Imuntzo eta Beloki and Alaitz eta Maider. He has a bast repertoire of popular basque music, particularly around dance music, which he reinterprets on his violin to give it his own special character.
He published an album with the Basque Fiddler Juan Arriola, recording repertoire from the Basque Country arranged for two violins and featuring collaborations by Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas. On 2014 he publishes his first solo album named “Esan”.
Through the violin and singing, he practices the traditional music from the Massif Central in France (regions of Auvergne, Limousin, Languedoc). He is deeply impressed with the force of this artistic expression, where singing, dancing and instrumental practicing are one. Nowadays, he researches the sound and the energy present in this music. He vividly experiences how its elements turn into movement through the dance bands he has founded (Duo Artense, Tornamai, TRES, la Clèda, Fai Petar).
He puts into perspective his knowledge on historic music (has taken part in the Musiciens de St Julien, under the direction of F. Lazarevic) and the experimental music from the collective La Nòvia (Flux, Trio Puech/Gourdon/Brémaud, la Baracande).
Basile feeds his practice diving into music compilations close to folk musiciens and singers. Also, he has shared with musiciens and collectors who have kept this music alive for 40 years, such as J. M. Delaunay, J. P. Champeval, O. Durif…
From 2000 to 2003, he teaches violin in Brayauds (Departamental Centre of Traditional Musique of Puy de Dôme). In 2003 he is awarded an Academic Diploma of Musical Studies (DEM) on traditional violin in the Regional National Conservatory (CNR) of Limoges. He also owns a Estate Diploma as a teacher of traditional music since 2005.
Begoña is the go-to fiddler of galician folk music. She began her artistic career on the year 2000 by joining the band of the famous bagpiper Carlos Nuñez and in this period she performed regularly in all 5 continents and collaborated with well-known musicians such as the Chiftains, Dan Ar Braz, Sharon Shanon,… and recorded multiple albums.
She is an active member of the galician folk orchestra Sondeseu and is the leader of her own band: Riobó, with 2 published albums.
She’s a regular teacher in Crisol de Cuerda and San Simón Fiddle Camp. She’s currently teaching celtic harp in the Escuela Municipal de Música Folk (ETRAD) in Vigo (Galicia).
Blanca Altable (1984) is one of the few fiddlers in the traditional scene in Castilla. She begins her studies of classic violin 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.
Casey Driessen is (just like his music) inspired, unconventional and truly original. His distinct and soulful approach to the fiddle has led to collaborations with artists such as Béla Fleck (& the Flecktones), Bassekou Kouyate, Jerry Douglas, Tim O’Brien, Darrell Scott, Steve Earle, & Zac Brown Band. Driessen’s style of funky fiddle rhythm is quickly earning him the reputation as the leader of “The Chop,” a new percussive bow technique permeating every corner of the fiddle/violin world. A choptastic interpretation of Jerusalem Ridge on his debut record, 3D, earned him a GRAMMY nomination and was hailed a “tour de force” (New York Times). He currently performs as The Casey Driessen Singularity—a one man, one fiddle, one pedal board show of live looping and effects. Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, Driessen created Fiddle/Sticks: The Drummer Project—a collaborative exploration of rhythm that pairs him with landmark drummers and percussionists and documents these explorations through recordings and videos.
In 2015, Driessen moved to Valencia, Spain, to become the new Director of Contemporary Performance (Production Concentration) master’s degree a Berklee College of Music’s recently opened international campus. As program director he’ll assist forward thinking, motivated and talented individuals of all instruments and genres develop their artistry through leveraging technology in their writing, recording and live performance.
And although you can’t hear them (or can you?), you know he’s wearing red shoes.
Born in Madrid, 1976, she has been more than 10 years learning world folk dances: traditional, meditarrenean, dances of the atlantic, … through a number of courses and workshops by several organizations and festivals, in Spain, France, Portugal and Italy.
For more than 6 years now she has been teaching european traditional dances and world dances, in workshops and courses (short and long ones, and also intensive) for festivals, schools and other organizations. Also, she animates live concerts for several folk bands, and takes part in organizing some international folk dance festivals.
Nowadays, she has created “Folkeando Madrid”, an organization meant to promote dances, and through which she teaches in workshops, and also organizes and animates folk festivals and parties.
Colin Cotter picked up the fiddle at the age of 4, beginning a life-long journey building upon several generations of his family’s intimate relationship with traditional Finnish music. Over time, musical influences from Scotland to Quebec to New York City to West Africa crept in rendering him a genre-defying folky, unencumbered by traditional convention yet warmly familiar with it. As self-taught guitarist, he has crafted a unique accompaniment style that, in tandem with hard-hitting, poignant songwriting, bridges the gaps between American and Celtic folk music and rock. Colin has released 4 studio records of largely original music and has toured internationally as a lead-singer, guitarist, and front-man in several bands while also performing extensively as a guitar accompanist to traditional fiddlers of varying backgrounds.
Born in Zaragoza, David has been playing the accordion for over 20 years. He studied with the accordionist Ángel Calonge for 12 years and then complemented his education by playing folk music for more than 10. As of today, he keeps learning and playing on the accordion in several bands. His main project, Vegetal Jam, has toured extensively in the Spanish Peninsula and Europe.
Began his musical studies at the age of 6 with the composer Alejandro Yaüe and the violinist Isabel Vilá. Soon, he became involved with several bands in his native town of Burgos and starts experimenting with different musical genres (folk, blues, jazz, flamenco, pop, rock,…). In 1997 he joins the Spanish band La Cabra Mecánica.
He has collaborated and recorded with many well-known musicians: Kroke, Marta Sebestyen, Kepa Junquera and many more.
Galaz is the founder and director of the Festival de Instrumentos e Interpretes Insólitos (Festival of Unusual Instruments and Musicians) which takes place in Burgos once a year. He himself is one of the few players of the musical saw in the peninsula and enjoys investigating, creating and preforming on unusual instruments.
He studied in Barcelona, in the Aula de Música Moderna, in Film Scoring seminars with José Nieto, Enric Alberich, Frances Burrul, Tomas Lorenzo and Horacio Fumero.
He studied violin in the Berklee College of Music with Mat Glaser, Darol Anger, John Blake and Mimi Rabson.
He has been working as a violin teacher for 20 years in several music schools in Barcelona and giving several masterclasses on the violin in world music and the violin in flamenco.
“Exuberant and rhythmic, somehow both wild and innocent, delivered with captivating melodic clarity and an irresistible playfulness,” says the Boston Globe about Hanneke Cassel’s playing. Such charismatic fiddling has brought the native Oregonian many honors and awards. She is the 1997 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, she holds a Bachelors of Music in Violin Performance from Berklee College of Music, and she has performed and taught across North America, Europe, New Zealand, Australia, and China. Influences from the Isle of Skye and Cape Breton Island fuse together with grooves and musical innovations from the hip Boston bluegrass/Americana scene to give Hanneke a uniquely American approach to Scottish music. She creates sounds on the cutting edge of acoustic music, while retaining the integrity and soul of the tradition.
Multi-instrumentalist specialised in ethincal and medival sounds. He self-learnt to play the traditional flute and the accordion. Later on he attended several masterclasses by the Breton musician Jean-Michel Veillon, Kepa Junkera and several more seminars all over Europe.
He is a founding member of the traditional Castilian Music Band “La Musgaña”. The band has recorded 8 albums and is one of the main referents of Folk Music in Spain. Together they’ve toured for over 30 years throughout Europe, United States, Canada, Mexico, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East.
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.
Is one of the more accomplished fiddlers in Basque traditional music. He first approached folk music in a self-taught manner while he was studying classical music in San Sebastian’s Conservatoire. After that, he’s always kept his love for the traditional repertoire and has contributed greatly to the basque tradition by recording two reference CDs with the band Alboka. He has also recorded the album Hariari Tiraka together with Arkaitz Miner, where they revisit many basque traditional melodies on two fiddles. He has also contributed with many compositions and acquired a rich and personal style. He currently works as a teacher in several music schools near his hometown.
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.
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.
Drummer, percussionist, actor and sound creator. It doesn’t matter where the sound comes from if it achieves the desired effect: he’s an expert at creating musical atmospheres to fit whatever’s happening. Started as a jazz and fusion musician, studying in the Escuela de Música de Badalona and then with Toni Meler, Ramón Ángel Rey or Marc Miralta, amongst others. He became more interested in traditional music by playing flamenco in the Talanos in Barcelona, the galician-catalan band Keympa and Coetus (Iberic Percussion Orchestra) founded by the singer Eliseo Parra.
He’s been on stage with Sílvia Pérez Cruz, Lídia Pujol, Judit Neddermann, Aziza Brahim, Marina Rosell, Marco Mezquida, Carles Dénia, Celeste Alías, Anna Ferrer, Elêctric Gozarela, Tara, etc…
Born in Moscow, 1982, from cuban parents, he studied classical cello in the Conservatory Amadeo Roldán and in the I.S.A. in La Habana, Cuba. From an early stage, he carves deep in rythms from modern music, like salsa, flamenco and jazz. This way he takes the cello into a different path, gives it another vision, closer to modernity. He has collaborated in recordings with great musicians like Pablo Milanés, Pavel Urquiza, Lucecita Benítez, Yusa, Haydee Milanés, David Torrens, Chano Dominguez , Reynald Colom. entre otros. Martin has share the scene with Roberto Carcasés, Descember Bueno, Santiago Feliú, Lenine, Gema y Pavel, Cesar Portillo de la Luz, X Alfonso, Síntesis, Chano Dominguez, Monserrat Caballé, Anthony and the Johnsons, Marina Albero, Antonio Rey , Roxanne Butterfly. Nowadays he lives in Barcelona, and makes part in a number of bands: aupaQuartet, TRAZAquartet, Cordas del Món, Gani Mirzo Band, Flamenco Hoy de Carlos Saura , Ópera y Flamenco.
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.
She’s also a dedicated teacher, doing private tutoring, teaching at several of Fraser’s fiddle camps and at Berklee College. She performs regular with the Scottish fiddler and has recorder several CDs with him. Also collaborates regularly with other great musicians like Hanneke Cassel, Natalie Mcmaster, Patsy Reid, etc.
She started playing guitar at the age of 6 and a little bit latter, she picked up the violin. Later on she joined the Professional Conservatoire of Segovia to follow her formal musical studies.
She got the chance to move to Ireland for 3 years and fell in love with the Irish music. She started joining session, dances and playing along with many musicians. Once she came back to Spain, she started taking lessons in folk music from Blanca Altable and she discovers the Castilian way to approach folk music. A few years later she moves to Madrid and joins the Escuela de Música Creativa where she studies harmony, composing, piano, improvisation and… anthropology?
Quico Pugès Suárez
Cellist, workshopist and freelance teacher. He often conducts workshops on music creation for people with functional diversity for “La Caixa” welfare. Improvisation, accompaniment and instrument didactic professor in ESMUC (Barcelona) from 2015-18. Cello teacher in Artebi (Bilbao) and Bergarako Musika Eskola (Bergara). He works developing didactic materials for cello in different musical styles (www.tangramcello.com). He’s been a member of the ‘Quartet Brossa’ and the company of family concerts ‘Com sona?’. He’s been an active member of several orchestras in Spain and performed internationally in multiple occasions.
He is a self-taught mandolin player. Over 20 years ago he picked up a dusty mandolin and every single bluegrass album he could gather, he started playing and never stopped. He dwelled for years in the Americana music circuit but missed the Castilian music so much that he joined his brother Quique to get the Hermanos Cubero project started and fuse Ameicana and Castilian Music together.
The Hermanos Cubero have been a great success and performed in all kinds of festivals, venues and theatres in all the peninsula, sharing stage with bands like Los Planetas, Kepa Junkera, Manuel Luna, Los Deltonos or Guadalupe Plata.
SAÚL JIMÉNEZ MONTALVO
Saúl Jiménez Montalvo is a teacher of music in Primary Education in arts. For more than 10 years now he has been teaching in schools of Comunidad de Madrid. He uses and develops innovative methodologies such as the BAPNE method of Body Percussion, Soundpainting (The Art of Live Composition) by Walter Thompson, and the educational project LOVA (The Opera as means of learning).
As a violinist, he has been playing for more than 15 years in bands with different styles, like La Colina del Coyote (Rock, blues, country, tango) y Proyecto Tríptico (jazz), in addition to collaborations in orquestras such as the Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and the Orquesta Athanor de la Escuela Municipal de Rivas (Madrid). He has created the educational project “El Bosque Musical” (The Musical Forest) in partnership with the association “Siempre en Medio”, aiming to join nature and music for education, walking the most important parks in many cities. Also, he collaborates playing the violin in the project for young kids “Talleresdemúsica.com”, by Raquel Rodríguez.
He is a volunteer in the musical project “Music for Them“, by the NGO “Streets of India”, promoting educational concerts in orphanages, schools, hospitals all over India.
Tony McManus was born in 1965 in Paisley, Scotland, in a family with strong Irish roots.
He started off as a violin player, which led him to pick up the mandolin and then, at the age of 10, the guitar.Ha had always been passionate about traditional music, which he listened at home and in the radio.
Finding his unique voice in an instrument as popular as the guitar was a big challenge, as was applying a language with several centuries of history to an instrument with no real history. That was truly remarkable.
McManus has been acclaimed all over the world as the most influential guitar player of celtic music. In Tony’s hands, the complex ornamentation associated with fiddles and flutes gets transferred with precision to the guitar whilst preserving the emotional impact of the music.
Comes from classical education, but has always been in touch with all sorts of musical identities: from traditional to experimental passing through all sorts of fusions.
Specialised in traditional aerophones, he’s collaborated with and been a part of multiple projects and artists (Lluís Llach, Mª del Mar Bonet, Eliseo Parra, Jorge Drexler, Silvia Pérez-Cruz, Marc Parrot, Xavi Maristany, Carles Santos, Tactequeté, Kepa Junquera, La Fura dels Baus, L’Auditori, Museu de la Música, Museu Etnològic de Barcelona, Coetus, Orquesta Mediterranea de Sao Paulo, Expo Shanghai 2010, TEDx…).
He’s been host and assessor in the musical education TV show “L’Atrapa Sons” in TV3.
Frequent collaborator in radio and TV shows, he develops most of his professional career in the field didactics and pedagogy, doing shows and workshops (both solo and with his trio Bufa&Sons) on how to make music using recycled materials and objects.
He is a member of FLADEM (Foro Latinoamericano para la Educación Musical).
He plays Flutes, acoustic guitar, bouzouki and mandolin.
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.
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?