LA MUSGAÑA

LA MUSGAÑA

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La Musgaña offers us a view of all the instrumental music from the Castilian meseta exploring the essence of Castile’s rich tradition and developing the aesthetic possibilities of a cultural heritage with so much racial mix.
Line up on stage:
Diego Galaz: violin
Jorge Arribas: accordion
Jaime Muñoz: three hole flute and drum, clarinet, bagpipes, wooden flutes
Carlos Beceiro: cittern, acoustic guitar, hurdy-gurdy

Biography

La Musgaña offers us a view of all the instrumental music from the Castilian meseta exploring the essence of Castile’s rich tradition and developing the aesthetic possibilities of a cultural heritage with so much racial mix. Europe and Africa, the Mediterranean and the Atlantic have all left their mark on the centre of the Iberian peninsula, and any reference to their art or music finds its reflection in our own Castilian culture, enabling us to continue with a tradition which, far from being static, has imbibed every source it has found on its way.
Take all those dance tunes, love songs, music for rituals such as weddings and village celebrations, perform it on the traditional instruments - bagpipes, wooden flutes,zanfona (hurdy-gurdy) – then add something comtemporary with accordion, mandola, violin and clarinet. This is the sound of La Musgaña, except that you haven´t taken into consideration the whoops, leaps and bassic verve and energy of the band.
They are lighthearted in their approach but are also passionate about the music. One of their group members expressed it best by saing, “this music we play, we feel very close to it. Our attitude is that we want to enjoy the music. We are not trying to present like a window in the anthropological museum, or to show everyone how beautiful it used to be… you can find this music still alive at weddings, parties and celebrations in the countryside. We don’t want to call it ‘sounds from another time’... I mean, this is music!
Enjoy yourself! Go ahead! ”.

Line up on stage:
Diego Galaz: violin
Jorge Arribas: accordion
Jaime Muñoz: three hole flute and drum, clarinet, bagpipes, wooden flutes
Carlos Beceiro: cittern, acoustic guitar, hurdy-gurdy

BIOGRAPHY
From its very beginnings, La Musgaña has wrought its own personal style of handling traditional Castilian music, distancing itself once and for all from the typical arrangements of the rondalla (music of the strolling musicians) which the style had lapsed into.
The first album, recorded for Sonifolk in 1988, was entitled “El diablo cojuelo” (The Crippled Demon) and was totally instrumental, with the exception of the lyrical song “Un soldado menos” (One soldier less).
That same year the group took part in the National Folk Festival for young artists, held in Santiago de Compostela, walking away with a well-deserved first prize in the category of contemporary folk Their performance was filmed on video by Spanish television and as a result of that award the group got the chance to make another album, this time for Spanish Radio and Television’s own label, RTVE, entitled “El paso de la estantigua” (The hobgoblins’ procession) which was the first of their records in CD format.
In 1990 they began touring Europe (UK, Italy, France, Germany, Slovenia, etc.), and that same year they represented Spain at the annual European Broadcasting Union event, the EBU, held in Budapest.
The decision to turn professional led to two of the group members moving on but opened the way for two musicians with a wealth of experience in folk and new trends: Luis Delgado and Cuco Pérez.
By this time la Musgaña had made their third album, which came out in 1991 under the Lady Alicia Records label. Entitled “Lubicán” as a tribute to the Iberian lynx, the album was recorded by the original members of the band with Luis Delgado’s collaboration plus two leading voices for the vocals tracks: Manuel Luna and Javier Bergia.
Their next recording was made for Spanish television for the programme “Arte y artistas”. In 1992 the group recorded three new songs to be included in the re-release of their first album, “El diablo cojuelo” on CD. In 1993, along with other groups, they also took part in an album dedicated to the St James’s Way, entitled Hent Sant Jakez, recorded by the Swiss label, Shamrock. Along with the Breton group, Bleizi Ruz, Desi
Wilkinson from Ireland, and the Galician female group, Leilia, La Musgaña stole the show on many tracks of the album.
Meanwhile, the group was continuously touring abroad, particularly in the States. Catching the attention of one of the major international Celtic and folk music labels, Green Linnet, the label soon offered them a contract for several albums. Starting with a re-release of Lubicán, after the departure of Cuco Pérez from the group, la Musgaña did their first sole recording for Xenophile, Green Linnet’s new ethnic label.
Entitled “Las seis tentaciones” (The Six Temptations) the album was an intoxicating tribute to traditional Castilian music, recorded with an interesting mix of traditional and modern instruments. Perhaps most appropriately from the international point of view, it was a totally instrumental work, with the collaboration of the Basque trikitiari or accordion player, Kepa Junkera, on a number of tracks.
This takes us up to the recording made for their tenth anniversary and entitled En concierto, brought out by the label, Resistencia, in 1997. This is a selection of num

Discography

El Diablo Cojuelo (1988)
El Paso de la Estantigua (1989)
Lubicán (1993)
Las Seis Tentaciones (1995)
En Concierto (1997)
Temas Profanos (2003)
20 (2008)
Idas y Venidas (2009)

Set List

CANAL INSTRUMENTO MIC/D.I.
1. Voz violín y acordeón (Diego y Jorge) Shure SM 58
2. Violín (Diego) KM 184
3. Violín line (Diego) D.I y toma corriente
4. Acordeón M. derecha (Jorge) (XLR) BETA 98
5. Acordeón M. izqda. (Jorge) (XLR) ATM 35
6. Flautas (Jaime) Shure SM 58
7. Clarinete (Jaime) Shure SM 58 / KM-84
8. Tambor (Jaime) (XLR) AKG D12-PINZA
9. Cistro MIC. (Carlos) KM 184
10. Cistro LINE (Carlos) D.I.