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BraAgas

Prague, Czech Republic | Established. Jan 01, 2018 | INDIE | AFM

Prague, Czech Republic | INDIE | AFM
Established on Jan, 2018
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30. 4. 2012 - BraAgas do názvu nového alba vetkli (ano, „i“ je správne, už nejsou ciste dámskou kapelou) slovo Fuerte – Silný.

Nekdejší kvartet pozmenil sestavu a navíc ho posílil mužský element, basista Jan Hrbek. Nejen že basa tvrdí muziku, kontrabas ostatne pohostinsky podporil i predchozí nahrávky. Už tak veletemperamentní BraAgas vsadili na ješte silovejší aranžmá. Po stránce zamerení nejde o zásadní obrat, nicméne došlo i k rozšírení žánrového rozpetí. K nápevum z Pyrenejského poloostrova ci Balkánu a stredovekým ohlasum pribyla treba klezmerová Lewone zpívaná v jidiš. Zkrátka BraAgas zustávají sví, ale vyvíjejí se a „zintenzivnují“. Bravo. - Tomáš S. Polívka


It is always interesting to discover a novel and excellent band. If it is a young and newly formed band, you are not surprised. But, geez, this "Tapas" is already the third album of the Czech band BraAgas, and somehow the word didn't spread to west of the Bohemian Forest. What a pity, had I known it earlier it easily would have slipped into my top ten albums of 2009. But let's start at the beginning: BraAgas is a quartet consisting of four singers, Katerina Göttlichova, Alzbeta Josefy, Karla Braunova and Michala Hrbkova. Besides four-part harmony and polyphony, they are playing a diversity of instruments, many are historic replicas: fiddles and flutes, bagpipes and shawm, cister and clarinets. The band is often labelled a medieval music group, but these four are much more than that. The songs are taken from the last millennium, more or less one half is from the Iberian peninsula, the other half is from the Nordic countries and eastern Europe (including the well-known "Herr Holger" which was made popular by the Swedish fusion band Garmarna -> #16). The first ones are performed with samba- and flamenco-like exuberance and joy, the others in a melancholic, at times dark mood, thus embracing a wide range of emotions. Although these songs are from very different sources it sounds all of one piece. Fans of Lais, to mention a well-known western band (#31), certainly will love this.
"Tapas" is supposed to make BraAgas popular beyond borders in both space and time, geographically between east and west as well as beyond the medieval music scene. - www.folkworld.eu


Priznejme si to. A také, že vtesnat BraAgas do škatulky stredoveká hudba znamená srovnávat je s latinsky nebo v nesrozumitelných jazycích zpívajícími prizdiunylými lidmi ve srandovních kostýmech. Kdyby se spojili španelští L´ham de Foc se švédskou Hedningarnou ve vrcholné forme a rytmickou výbušnost násobili dvema, nezneli by jinak než tyhle ctyri krásné, radostne rozdovádené, excelentne zpívající a hrající – s prominutím – holky. V nekonecne nepretržité polohudbe kdejakým tluccem do djembé považované za world music nakopali BraAgas všem zadek. Koneckoncu co jim zbývalo, když už léta pripomínají natlakovaný papinák. Kanon pripravený dostrelit hodne daleko. - Jirí Moravcík


Discography

"Fuerte" - 2012 (Indies Scope Label)
"Tapas" - 2009 (Indies Scope Label)
"No.2 - Media Aetas" - 2008 (Own edition)
"No.1" - 2007 (Own edition)

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BraAgas plays together since January 2007 and already played many concerts in the Czech republic and around the world – f.e. Rainforest world music festival on Borneo island, EBU Folk Music, Sur Jahan in India etc.
They released six CD´s  - No. 1 in 2007, No. 2 Media Aetas in 2008, Tapas 2009 and Fuerte 2012, Yallah! 2014 and O ptácích a rybách 2018. Two of them – Tapas and Yallah! were awarded Czech music award Andel 2009 in world music category.