Recording engineer: Joxan Goikoetxea
and Digital Mastering:
whistle, G & D albokas
kalejira (passacaglia, a ring dance) by Joxan is inspired by
his many trips to Italy. It's the first time a brass instrument features
on an Alboka track.
I never thought Joxan would, could, compose a straightforward kalejira like this.
But he made a swift and complete recovery and I'm happy to say the arrangement is pure Goikoetxea.
from the Basque Film Institute.
mother aways says that my father, like a good Goikoetxea (like all the
Goikoetxeas, really), is a bad dancer. My father recalls that in the
fiestas of St John’s Eve people danced to the txaranga
holding each other in a very odd way. My mother says that indeed it
must have been odd if my father was doing the dancing...
I wanted to recreate something of the atmosphere of another pasacalle
we’d recorded, ‘Sakabiren biribilketa’ (Lau anaiak,
2004), especially as we’d played it on tours of Italy together
with Balen Lopez de Munain’s group (in a lineup
we christened the Euskamerata, until we found out this had
resonances of the Duce), and also with the group Uaragniaun
from Puglia in the South.
Special thanks to Silvio and Nani, who joined us on the track and gave it the definitive flavour we were looking for.