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Euskal Danbolinaren Aroak

October 2021

Pedagogical session, historical claim, and contemporary sound experimentation at the same time. "Euskal Danbolinaren Aroak" (the stages of the Basque txistu and drum) reflects Joserra Senperena and Piter Ansorena performance at Igartza Palace in Beasain on April 8, 2021. Continuing "Chillida-Lekutik" (from Txillida-Leku live) record released in 2006 achieving a deep and exhaustive investigation that has lasted several months, offering a wonderful opportunity to taste the results with all the attention that its delicate nuances and blends require.

The tamboril or "danbolina", refers to the combination of a txistu (Basque pipe) played with one hand and a small drum that is hit with the other hand. Originally from somewhere in Europe in the 12th century, it spread to all surrounding countries in a short time. Over the course of hundreds of years, it gained enormous prestige and popular success and has suffered other stages mired in oblivion and utter contempt. Through a scholarly and revealing historical journey Piter and Joseba, they subtly reach the core of each composition, its purest essence and the warm cooing of the piano are presented to us with a surprising beauty that is almost alien to us. The 12 pieces on the album are samples of this fruitful dialog where we can find dance rhythms from 1872, sophisticated the enlightenment era compositions, verbenas and romerías in Carlist times arrangements, chaste tributes to Basque traditions and Christian morals with contemporary fresh experiments.


The colorful and enriching diversity on this record reflects the duo´s wisdom and experience, but the most important and perhaps most valuable about what it brings is the ability and talent to radiate that unexplained freshness to the one who listens or plays a melody for the very first time.  It's probably that same wisdom and experience that allows them to weave their dialog with such delicate sensitivity and get excited, making us feel that those old tunes are, once again, totally new to us.


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