Argentinian musician, singer, guitarist and composer, a reference in Argentina’s singer songwriter scene, was born and raised in Tucumán, in a family of musicians. At the age of 14, he began to study guitar and trained as an autodidact, participating in singers’ meetings, clubs and other cultural events. He studied choral conducting at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the National University of La Plata and is a professor of Audioperception and Solfeggio.
In mid-1999 he formed the Aca Seca Trio together with pianist Andrés Beeuwsaert (from Olavarría) and percussionist Mariano Cantero (from Santa Fe). Their repertoire is composed mainly of songs by Quintero.
He has shared the stage with Luna Monti, Mercedes Sosa, Juan Falú, Pepe Núñez Raúl Carnota, Jorge Fandermole, Carlos Aguirre, Liliana Herrero, Luis María Pescetti, Edgardo Cardozo and Coetus, among others. His compositions have been recorded and performed in concerts by artists such as Carlos Aguirre, Orquesta El Arranque, Lorena Astudillo, Pedro Aznar, Juan Falú, Jorge Fandermole and Silvia Iriondo.
Attracted by traditional culture from a young age, Isabel Martin began studying song and percussion at the “Centro de Cultura Tradicional Ángel Carril” in Salamanca. She delved deeper into this field with Vanesa Muela, Mónica de Nut and Eliseo Parra.
Interested in traditional world music, she studied Bulgarian and Turkish singing at the “Labyrinth Musical Workshop” center in Crete (Greece) with Tsvetanka Varimezova and Mercan Erzincan as well as Near-Eastern percussion with Zohar Fresco, modal music with Efrén López and Christos Barbas and Iberian percussion with Aleix Tobias. She graduated in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the Uned. She currently collaborates with different musical groups (Milo ke Mandarini, Efrén López and Taracea) and shares her knowledge of traditional singing and percussion in the Vera Cacereña area of Spain, where she lives.
Davide Salvado is undoubtedly one of the most charismatic voices in Galicia. Self-taught, he has spent half a life touring the villages of his country in search of rhythms, verses and dances. From the women he met, he learned not only the tradition of music, but also a way of life.
He has collaborated on various recordings, including «Galiza» by Kepa Junkera or «Sing me Home» by the Yo-Yo Ma Silk Road Ensemble, and has released two solo albums: «Árica pura» (2011) and «LOBOS» (2015), enthusiastically received by the public and critics, winning the award for best traditional production at the 2017 MARTÍN CÓDAX music awards.
Since 2019 he presents his new show «AMARELO» featuring traditional songs from Galicia and other parts of the world, reinterpreted from the contemporary perspective that characterizes Davide and accompanied by texts by the writer, screenwriter and actor Manolo Cortés.
Carlos Denia (Gandia, 1971) has surprises by his expressive and musical quality. Coming from a jazz background, he has renewed the various formulas of Mediterranean music. He studied at the Jazz Department of the Royal Conservatory of The Hague (Netherlands) and has toured half the world with various formations.
Singer, composer, guitarist, and producer, he unapologetically deploys his rich musical universe, the result of numerous influences (especially traditional music) from which, at the same time, he distances himself to create his own unmistakable style.
His albums: Tan alta com va la lluna, El paradís de les paraules and L´home insomne have won various awards such as the Ovidi Montllor award in 2009, the Altavoz-Frontera award in 2010, best album of the year 2011 from Revista Sons and best Record of the Year and Best Arrangements at the 2011 Ovidi Montllor Awards, among others. In addition, he participates in several international projects with which he travels to stages around the world such as being the leading voice of Coetus, Iberian percussion orchestra. He is also actively dedicated to flamenco singing and the Valencian “Cant d’Estil”.
Itamar Doari is an internationally renowned percussion artist, music producer, and composer. For over 20 years, Doari has been collaborating with a myriad of artists, performing concerts on the world’s most prestigious stages, teaching masterclasses, recording albums, participating in music conferences, and spreading his music and spirit across the globe.
Itamar was born and raised in Galilee, Israel, surrounded by a wealth of coexisting musical traditions and rhythms. Inspired by this artistic environment and infinite musical sources, Doari began studying the ancient art of rhythm and drumming and digging into his cultural roots. His curiosity led him to travel around the world, researching, learning and practicing rhythms around the middle-east, Spain (Andalusia), India, and Senegal.
His unique music identity and technique is born from the merging of the knowledge he gathered during his journeys into far-flung musical traditions with more familiar Middle Eastern instruments such as the ceramic dohola darbuka, a wide variety of frame drums, udu drum, and the cajon, as well as cymbals, bells, and shakers, creating a unique, evolving musical blend. This makes Itamar in the eyes of many one of the world’s most innovative and influential percussionists in the contemporary music scene.
Itamar’s long list of partnerships with renowned artists includes famed jazz musician, Avishai Cohen, mandolinist and Grammy nominee, Avi Avital, the illustrious Ladino singer, Yasmin Levy, as well as Concha Buika, Berry Sakharof, Idan Raichel, Esther Ofarim, Yoni Rechter, Eviatar Banai, Amal Murcus, Ahuva Ozeri, Shye BenTzur, Nitin Sawhney, Omer Faruk, Tekbilek, Ravid Kahalani with Yemen Blues, Radiohead guitarist and composer Johnny Greenwood and more.
Percussionist and drummer attracted by tradition, world music and new sonorities, Aleix Tobias was born in 1976 in Badalona from a non-musical family, but was drawn to the drums from a very young age. He began studying drums at 16 at the Escola de música moderna de Badalona. During this period, he formed Tactequeté, an experimental percussion group. In continuation of his music training, he dedicated himself to traveling and learning world traditional percussion of Senegal, Gambia, Morocco and Brazil, amongst others. He also spent time in Egypt, where he met Misirli Ahmet with whom he then traveled and played extensively throughout Europe and Turkey. At age 23, Aleix’s path crossed that of Eliseo Parra, with whom he began to learn the rhythms and techniques of traditional Iberian percussion. Inspired by the drum ensembles of the countries he visited, he created Coetus, an Iberian percussion orchestra dedicated to the re-creation of traditional music.
Aleix Tobias played with various singers, including Carles Dènia, Eliseo Parra, Silvia Perez Cruz, Aziza Brahim, Jackson Browne, Tal Wilkenfeld, Juan Quintero y Luna Monti, Raul Rodriguez, Maritirio, Carmen Paris, Maria del Mar Bonet, Judit Neddermann, Rusó Sala, La Shica, Mel Seme and more. He also played in concerts and festivals around the world with bands and musicians such as Misirli Ahmet, Erkan Ogur, Doudou N’diaye Rose family, Orquestra de Jazz de Galícia, Carles Benavent trío + Tomasito, Ross Daily, Zohar Fresco, Marco Mezquida trio, Nevil Rhadakrhisna, Roots Revival Romania, Erkan Irmak, Las Migas, Xalupa, Raúl Rodriguez con Razón de Son, Compañia Electrica Dharma, La Fura dels baus, La big band de Miguel Angel Blanco with Jerry Gonzalez, and more. As well as sharing his knowledge of traditional Iberian percussion in Masterclasses in Spain and around the world, his extensive experience in the studio, as well as his musical sensibility, have led him to work on projects as producer.
Born in Syria of Armenian parents, Haig Yazdjian emigrated to Greece in the early ‘80s. Although his first interest in music was through the electric guitar, the expression of his creative pursuits has been through the oud, portraying the possibilities of this instrument. In just a few years he established himself as a leading soloist in Greece, a reputation that brought him next to prominent composers and leading singers.
He released his first solo oud album in 1994, followed by Talar (1996), Gift (1997), Garin (1998) and the composition of his most important work, Beast on the Moon, stage music for the title play by Richard Kalinosky (2000) which brought him international recognition. He also later released Yeraz (2001) and Amalur (2007). Gaining acclaim in Greece and abroad for the way he treated traditional Armenian compositions, middle eastern expressions and his own originality in composition, Yazdijian presented his work in concerts worldwide in Europe, the US and the Middle East.
Over the years Haig Yazdjian has collaborated with the most prominent Greek composers and singers as well as with soloists of international stature. He has made folk music well known all around the world and he transfers his knowledge and experience to the next generations via Masterclasses in Greece and abroad.
Martí Hosta is a drummer, percussionist, and sound creator. He began playing jazz and fusion at the Taller de Músics and the Escola de música moderna de Badalona and slowly delved into the world of traditional music, thanks to Eliseo Parra and the Coetus percussion orchestra. He has also shared the stage with Sílvia Pérez Cruz, Sofia Ribeiro, Judit Neddermann, Aziza Brahim, Marco Mezquida, Guillem Roma, Momi Maiga, Bufa & sons, etc. Insòlit Trio (2011) and Bengalah (2018) are the two albums he released of his own compositions.
He has recently opened a studio specialized in percussion, El Celler Estudi, where he records and arranges for many artists and productions. As a teacher, he runs his own drum and percussion school in Sant Cugat and gives improvisation workshops and Iberian percussion courses.
Emerging singer songwriter and kora player, Momi was born in 1997 in Ziguinchor, the capital of Casamance, the southern region of Senegal. Immersed in a vast musical heritage, he grew up in the midst of the renowned Cissokho family, a family of Djelis, a dynasty of musicians, troubadours, mediators and transmitters of culture who have used music and songs to transmit history, values and messages of peace for centuries. Momi learned music from the age of 6 among these rich musical traditions, drinking up an extensive repertoire of oral tradition, watching and listening.
His journey as a korist began in 2015, collaborating with Ale Möller Band from Sweden followed in 2016 with a collaboration with local Ziguinchor Hip Hop group Djali Kunda. In 2017 he traveled to France with the Dakar group Weuzz et le Samara and in 2018 made his first stay in Barcelona, invited by the Barcelona Music Museum.
In mid-2019, on his second visit, Momi settles in Catalonia and quickly distinguishes himself as a daring composer, eager to merge with other musicians and musical genres. In his debut album Nio (2022), he presents a work in which he combines ethnic jazz, flamenco and the sounds of his Mandinka roots. He fuses the kora with classical instruments such as the violin and cello, and embarks on a journey that leads to the start of a promising musical career. His collaborations include renowned artists such as Silvia Perez Cruz, Ferran Savall, Judit Neddermann, Ignacio María Gómez and Aleix Tobias. He also teaches Senegalese percussion, singing and kora.
Musician and Anthropologist. Producer, composer, singer-songwriter, guitarist and creator of the «Tres Flamencos». Raul Rodriguez, son of the singer Martirio, learned to love music at home, in the setting of the Sevillian counterculture of the ’70s. He started out as a blues and rock electric guitarist and drummer. He trained as a flamenco guitarist studying the Toque de Morón. He graduated in Geography, History and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Seville to better understand the nature of Spanish traditional music. Since 1992 he has been part of groups such as Kiko Veneno, Martirio (his mother), Javier Ruibal, Juan Perro (Santiago Auserón), Caraoscura and Son de la Frontera.
Since 2014, he has published his solo works in book-disc formats, “Razón de Son”, “La Raíz Eléctrica” and “La Razón Eléctrica” (Altafonte, 2014, 2017 and 2023), in which he develops a «Creative AnthropoMusic of back and forth songs” from which he delves into the connections between flamenco music and the cultural fabric of the Afro-Andalusian Caribbean. Throughout his career, he has also recorded and played live with artists such as Chavela Vargas, Compay Segundo, Enrique Morente and Jackson Browne, among others.
Singer and percussionist from Puglia, Italy, Livia first approached the world of traditional music through the tamburello, the tambourine of southern Italy. She studied the instrument first as an autodidact and then with renowned teachers such as Michele Piccione, Nando Brusco, Glen Vélez and Andrea Piccioni, her teacher at the Nocera Terinese Conservatory (Calabria).
Her voice being her main instrument, she is dedicated to learning and interpreting the traditional songs of her homeland and many other cultures thanks to the musical projects with which she has collaborated in the last eight years. Her repertoire includes sounds from southern Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, the Balkan Peninsula, France, Latin America, Crete and the island of La Reunion. She also performs with the international company Won Myeong Won Company from Sweden and with the Anemone Teatro company from Italy.
Karen Lugo is a Mexican dancer, knowledgeable and respectful of tradition as well as innovative and unstoppable.
In collaboration with the Casa Patas Flamenco Foundation, she presented three works ; “Flamencura”, “Flamenco Territorio DeMente” and “Flamenco Frequencies” which toured in the Middle East and the United States.
As a choreographer, she has been awarded with the Best Choreography award at the Spring Film Festival of Barcelona, First Prize for Flamenco dance at the International Festival of Almería, First Prize for Choreography at the Contemporary Flamenco Festival of Finland and Third Prize for Choreography at the XVII Spanish and Flamenco Dance Contest of Madrid.
Together with Israel Varela, she created the drums and dance Made in Mexico Duo with whom she toured in Indonesia, the Middle East, Italy, USA, Spain and Mexico.
Karen participated in the film «Flamenco Flamenco» by Carlos Saura and as Principal Dancer in the show «El Duende y el Reloj». She also participated as a dancer, soloist and choreographer in the shows ¨FLAMENCONAUTAS¨ Festival de Jerez 2018 and ¨Lorca x Bach¨ Festival de Jerez 2020. Together with José Maldonado and Nino de los Reyes she creates “AMORENTE”. She also participated as musical director, choreographer and soloist of the show ¨El Rayo Que No Cesa¨.
Her latest show is titled ¨Golpe de Tierra¨, and she currently participates as a choreographer and performer in the show ¨Caminos ¨by Juan Gómez Chicuelo, ¨Cant Espiritual ¨by Carles Denia, ¨CAYANA¨by Anna Colom, ¨Numen¨ by Melodie Gimard, ¨El Amir Ensamble ¨ by Amir Haddad, and in the show ¨Por Bach¨ (GEMA 2020 Innovation Award) together with Jorge Pardo.
Born in Valladolid, Lucía López trained from a young age with the Spanish folklore with the Pilarica Choir and Dance Group. She studied Spanish Dance at the Escuela Profesional de Danza of Castilla y León, in the «Flamenco Danza Estudio» of Sevilla and the Conservatorio Superior de Danza «María de Ávila» in Madrid under the Choreography specialty.
The connection with traditional Iberian dances has always been very present in her life and over time it has strengthened and specialized. Thanks to folklore, she has participated as an interpreter in the dance company Sara Cano, Rajatabla Danza and Contrigo Danza. She shared her knowledge and experience as a teacher at EFAD – Granada and at festivals such as Folkarria and Encuentro de Raiz. In addition, she is choreographer and director of the Colectivo Algazara.
Antonio Sánchez Barranco
Antonio Sánchez is a percussionist specialized in sound effects and soundscapes. He has collaborated with countless artists: the great darbuka master Misirli Ahmet (Turkey), Maria del Mar Bonet, Silvia Pérez Cruz, Miguel Poveda, Chicuelo, Hossan Ramzi, Erkan Ogur, Ismail Tunçbilek, Levent Yildirim, Brian Dunnin, the Orchestra Chicago Symphony, Mercedes Peón, Gerard Quintana, Lluís Llach, Miguel Bosé, Víctor Manuel and Ana Belén, among others, and was a member of the Coetus percussion orchestra.
Among his discography, he appears in recordings by Maria del Mar Bonet, Silvia Pérez Cruz, Eliseo Parra, Lidia Pujol, Miquel Gil, Rosa Zaragoza, Kepa Junkera (together with Glen Vélez, Andy Narel and Marco Suzano), Alfonso Vilallonga, Los Amaya, Anita Zengeza, Balearic Symphony Orchestra, UTROPIC, Coetus, Tactequeté, Perico Sambeat, Misirli Ahmet, Jerry González, and more.
As a child, playing freely in an eclectic fashion, Ruso was creating the foundations of her life’s art: to make music. Song-writing has always been at the center of her life. Her very first song, ‘La Flama’ written in Budapest in 2006 became a track on her self-produced debut album La Ciutat Imaginària (2009). She has since released three albums: Mar Endins (Freshsound 2013), into which the diverse sounds of the Mediterranean and Nordic Italia are deftly woven; Fil de Coure (Microscopi 2015) recorded with Sardinian guitarist Caterinangela Fadda; and Desirem (Microscopi 2019), in collaboration with Miriam Encinas and Aleix Tobias.
Throughout her career and travels through Argentine, Portugal, Italia, Poland and more, she has moved where curiosity has led her and has drawn from various sources, especially music with Mediterranean roots, paying special attention to the Sephardic heritage (by the hand of Rosa Zaragoza) and the Arabic-Andaluce (with Amine Tilioua), always searching for different sonorities and new ways of approaching both interpretation and composition.
Ruso’s passion for collaboration has included projects with Amine Tilioua, Bente Kahan, Clara Peya, Tanit Navarro, Rosa Zaragoza, Giulia Valle, Sakapatú, Joan Isaac, Ian Sala, as well as the traditional Iberian folk group Coetus.
Ana Rossi is a musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and teacher. Born in Rosario, Argentina, since the year 2000 she lives in Barcelona, where she began her professional career. She trained in modern music at El Taller de Músics and L’Aula de Música moderna del Conservatori del Liceu, at the Escola de Música de Badalona and above all with private teachers and mentors and learns still today constantly and with curiosity. She plays guitar, piano and percussion.
She teaches music and currently works at Xamfrà (Centre de música i escena del Raval), at the Escola de Música d’Arenys de Munt, the Taller de música de Badalona and gives Masterclasses on vocal technique, repertoire and popular choral singing in Crisol de Cuerda , Encuentro de Música de Raiz, Encuerpa, WIM, among others.
Rossi has had the honor of working with incredible musicians and in her musical path has had special interest for traditional music: traditional Brazilian music (MPB), Argentine and Latin American folklore, traditional Iberian Peninsula music, jazz and improvisation. She is now participating in various formations: UNA (popular songs for string quartet and voice), Gafieira Miúda (samba and MPB), in duo formations with double bassist Juan Pablo Balcázar, Marta Roma, Naiara Armendáriz, etc., and has been for many years singer of the group Coetus. In 2022 she recorded her first solo album entitled «Una casa».
Born in a family of artists, Angelo Manhenzane from a very young age began to feel that music, and especially percussion, called to him. From the start, he has been interested in the different textures that percussion could offer. Thanks to this passion he has shared the stage with artists such as: Silvia Pérez Cruz, Lidia Pujol, Doudou N’dyae Rose Family (Senegal, world music), Inma Ortiz, Eliseo Parra , Carlos Nuñez, Almasala, Tactequeté, Esclat Gospel Singers & Big Mama, Carles Casas, Marçal Font, Paco Fanes, Raul Rodriguez, Sergi Sirvent, Trio Barril. He has also participated in the Carlos Saura film J: Beyond flamenco that made its world premiere at the 41st edition of the Toronto Festival.
He was a member of Coetus with whom he has played at various festivals around the world. He also participated in projects such as Funtasies, Antonio Sanchez and The drumming society, Hule Frappe, Esmeralda Colette Band and is a founding member and musical director of the boogaloo/latinfunk band: Electric Gozarela.
Saxophonist of infinite creativity and musicality, Martí Serra began his musical studies at the age of nine at the Badalona Conservatory. After studying the clarinet some years, he changed instruments for the tenor saxophone. In 1997 he obtained the title and Honorary Award of Professional Grade for saxophone, and in 1998 the diploma of Specialist in Modern Music granted by the Generalitat of Catalonia. After a season at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, in 1999 he studied improvisation with trombonist Hal Crook and saxophonist George Garzone.
As a jazz saxophonist, he has a remarkable career, playing with great figures and groups such as Al Foster or Eddie Henderson, Giulia Valle Group, Jordi Matas Quintet, Raynald Colom Quintet, Guillermo McGill Quartet, M. A. Chastang Quartet, Francesc Capella, Llibert Fortuny, and Coetus, among others. His career and his groups, Martí Serra i els Pintors d’Ànimes and Martí Serra y Quartet, have been awarded numerous prizes.
He has recorded twenty albums as a sideman and two personal albums, Alguns moments bons (FSNT 2008) and Tea Time (N57 2010). He teaches at the Escuela de Música de Badalona and at the Taller de Músics Escuela Superior de Estudios Musicales.
Born in Granada, Fran Lucas grew up immersed in the music of his land such as flamenco and Andalusian music. He then graduated as a music teacher from the University of Granada. After playing in various bands of sifferent styles as a percussionist, he traveled to India starting in 2002 to study classical music from the North; the Hindostanic, and music of the South; the Carnatic, specializing in rhythm. He studied tabla in Varanasi with Pandit Ram Kumar Mishra, and kanjira, morshing and konnakols in Chennai with Selva Ganesh and Vikku Vinayakram (both members of the Shakti group).
Fran has participated in projects such as Calima, a group whose first album «Azul» was nominated for the 2007 Latin Grammys for best flamenco album. He has collaborated on different musical projects and with artists such as Eliseo Parra, Els Comediants, Carlos Núñez, Silvia Pérez Cruz, Marina Rossell, Raúl Rodríguez, Carles Denia and Xisco Feijoo. He collaborated as musician in the film «La Jota» by Carlos Saura and toured with «Irmandade de las Estrelas» by Carlos Nuñez. He is co-creator and artistic producer of the Rajasthan gypsy band, Dil Mastana. Also, he played in the Coetus percussion orchestra since its creation where he explored traditional Iberian rhythms and music.
Naiara is an ethnomusicologist, singer and dancer, with a long career in the study of traditional music from Latin America and Africa, as well as in vocal and body training. She was born in Argentina where she trained in the disciplines of song, percussion, piano, Afro dance, contemporary dance, Argentine national dances (tango and folklore) and acrobatics. Along the artistic path, she became increasingly interested in the various traditional and popular musical cultures of Latin America and Africa. She graduated as a professor in ethnomusicology at the Manuel de Falla Conservatory of Music (Buenos Aires) and thus began to develop the work that she continues to do today: Investigation and transmission of ethnic and folk music and dances, understanding them within the sociocultural context in which they originated. She has shared her work in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Switzerland, Portugal and Spain. She currently resides in Barcelona where she facilitates the workshops Encuentros con la voz and Cantabailando.
Acari Bertran began his musical studies with four years of music theory and cello at the Badalona Conservatory, after which he continued his musical training as an autodidact. He later entered the world of percussion, studying at the modern music school in Badalona with Ernest Martinez. He also studied with professors such as Enildo Rasua, David Dominguez, Sengane N’gome and continued his studies traveling through different countries such as Brazil and Senegal to delve into their traditional rhythms.
Apart from playing as a percussionist in different flamenco groups, he has participated in projects such as Luna Cohen group, Maracatú, N’geweul djarama, Coetus, Utrópic. etc He has shared the stage with various artists such as Eliseo Parra, Silvia Perez Cruz, Luna Cohen, Kepa Junkera, Carles Dènia, Judit Nedderman, Dodou N’diaye Rose, Carlos Nuñez and more.
He has also taught percussion classes for people with functional diversity for several years, as well as different Masterclasses of Brazilian, Flamenco and traditional Iberian Peninsula percussion.
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