engineer: Joxan Goikoetxea
and Digital Mastering:
txalaparta taken from the album Egurraren Orpotik dator… by
Juan Mari Beltran & Joxan Goikoetxea (1993, NOCD Rekords)
is Joxan's development of a well-known Souletin ring-dance, usually
called the 'bralia kontrapas'.
had it in his head for a long time to arrange this dance. I'm not sure,
though, if he was clear about the way he wanted it to go. I think he
threw in a lot of ingredients to see which ones would work. I'm familiar
with this approach: it's how I make a curry. Of course, Joxan could
fish back out of the mix the things he didn't like, whereas anything
that goes into my curry is in to stay. Anyway, after about three minutes
the piece veers off into a haze, which I leave Joxan to explain.
the the Souletin Maskarada,
As part of the Maite K project, conceived and directed by Pier Paul Berzaitz, I arranged this traditional dance for performance by the Kukai dance-troupe under the direction of Jon Maya. I’d learnt the tune from Juan Mari Beltran and I borrowed for inclusion here a txalaparta extract from my album with Juan Mari, Egurraren orpotik dator... (1993).
The modulation of the original melody into minor took on a distinct character that suggested exploration by different instruments. I liked the idea of it drifting into a chill out, and both Alan and I agreed from the beginning that this would be the closing track on the CD. Alan’s lilting is perhaps sunk a little too far in the mix, but I’ll try to put that right in a future remix.