ALAN GRIFFIN .


(1952), Ennis (Ireland). After arriving in San Sebastian-Donostia to study for a PhD in literature, Alan Griffin fell in love with Basque music and became an accompanist to the singers Txomin Artola and Amaia Zubiria, with whom he made three CD's. Since then he has recorded and played with a number notable Basque artists, including Xabi San Sebastian, Juan Mari Beltran, Joxan Goikoetxea, Gorka Knörr, Benito Lertxundi, Olatz Zugasti and Xabier Euzkitze.

He is a founder-member and alboka-player in Alboka, a band whose repertoire combines little-known old Basque music and songs with new compositions inspired by the Basque tradition. Alboka have recorded five albums and performed at hundreds of festivals all over the Basque Country and in 13 European countries, as well as in America and Africa.


Alboka
(Aztarna, 1994)


Bi beso lur
(Aztarna, 1998)


Lorius
(Resistencia, 2001)


Lau anaiak
(Elkar, 2004)

Lurra, ur, haize
(Aztarna, 2017)

 

Alboka's CD Lorius was one of the three nominees for Best Album in Basque at the 2002 awards of the Spanish Academia de las Artes y las Ciencias (SGAE – AIE ).

In 2005 his song Lau anaiak (a new ballad after the traditional manner) was nominated for Best Song in Basque at the Premios de la Música awards.
Also in 2005 the CD Lau anaiak was chosen as one of the year's ten best folk albums by the German magazine Folkworld.
His composition Hegohaizea was chosen by RTVE (Spanish National Television) as the soundtrack to its daily coverage of the bull-running at the Pamplona San Fermin fiestas.

For many years Alan Griffin has been a student of old narrative Basque song and in 2006 he founded the group Aintzina for the dual purpose of re-popularising old songs which were no longer being performed and of playing new alboka-tunes inspired by the Basque tradition. He is the main researcher and arranger of the group, who have released two CD's.




His compositions Jauntxoa (fandango), Txakur berdea and Hi, zelta! (arinarins), Fitaren bila (passacaglia), Adarra (mazurka) and Hanka hotzak (sword-dance) form part of the standard repertoire of present-day alboka-players at the Hernani Conservatory and in 2013 were published in Juan Mari Beltran's monograph Alboka: Inguru folklorikotik eskolara.





For many years Alan Griffin has been a student of old narrative Basque song and in 2006 he founded the group Aintzina for the dual purpose of re-popularising old songs which were no longer being performed and of playing new alboka-tunes inspired by the Basque tradition. He is the main researcher and arranger of the group, who have released two CD's.


Suitian
(Aztarna, 2009)


Kosinatik kanberala
(Aztarna, 2011)


In 2007 he worked with the instrument-builder J.A.M. Ossés in developing an alboka in D with a range of a full octave and chromatic possibilities. At a workshop held on 18 November 2007, Ossés and Griffin presented the new instrument, which later found acceptance amongst alboka-players.

As a performer and occasional teacher of traditional Irish music Alan Griffin has given flute workshops and many concerts and recitals in the South of France. He is also a member of the Irish traditional band Turlach.

Since 2011, he has been an occasional contributor of articles to the traditional music magazine Interfolk.



 



Collaborations

Txomin Artola
Berriz arte, 1989
Bilduma, 1990
Banako, 1993
Zurartean, 1996

Txomin Artola eta Amaia Zubiria
Folk-lore Sorta 1, 1991
Folk-lore Sorta 2, 1992
Folk-lore Sorta 3, 1993

Olatz Zugasti

Bulun bulunka, 1999

Joxan Goikoetxea
Atxia motxia, 2000
Innervisions, 2007

Gorka Knörr
Gogoaren taupadak, 2000

Xabi San Sebastian
Orai, 2004

Juan Mari Beltran
Orhiko xoria, 2006

Arkaitz Miner
Esan, 2015



Griffin compositions recorded by other artists:

Xabi San Sebastian
(Orai, Elkar, 2004) Iparhaizea and Hegohaizea


Kalakan (Kalakan, Iparraldea, 2010) Piztiak


The Lost Mode
(The Lost Mode, USA, CD Baby, 2011) - Ekihaizea


Cormac Breatnach
(Éalú, Irlanda, Diosca Mandala, 2011)
Zazpigarren eguna & Mendiokerra


Brian Finnegan & William Coulter
(Toward the Sun, 2014) - Mendiokerra


Laoise Kelly & Tóla Custy
(2015) Zazpigarren eguna & Mendiokerra
Video Youtube version 1
Video Youtube version 2

The Loose Roots Band
(2016) Mendiokerra

Obtuse
(2015) Mendiokerra

 





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