Cantiga del Fuego

La Cantiga del Fuego

by Ana Alcaide
     
 
Ana Alcaide might be the first to mix the Swedish nyckelharpa with the music of her native Spain (specifically Sephardic-influenced music of Toledo), but it's a blend that works well on this, her third album. Her music's often described as the Toledo soundtrack, and there's certainly a sweep to it, both in the epic scope and the use of older instruments to create a

Overview

Ana Alcaide might be the first to mix the Swedish nyckelharpa with the music of her native Spain (specifically Sephardic-influenced music of Toledo), but it's a blend that works well on this, her third album. Her music's often described as the Toledo soundtrack, and there's certainly a sweep to it, both in the epic scope and the use of older instruments to create a neo-medieval sound. The closest analogue, perhaps, is Loreena McKennitt, and although their areas are very different, there's a distinctly common feel to them. Alcaide's album is a mix of traditional and original pieces, with the acoustic instruments filled out on some tracks by electronic soundscapes (created by Alcaide, who's actually a hell of a musician). There's beauty to it all, especially the closing pair of cuts, "Mikdash Intro" and "Mikdash," with text adapted from Persian poems, performed with dignified solemnity, the mix of clarinet, nyckelharpa, and voice particularly moving. It's no surprise, given the historic Islamic influence on the region, that some of the music has a North African and Middle Eastern feel at times, and Alcaide is masterful in her creation of atmosphere. Something different and a musical journey well worth taking.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/13/2012
Label:
Arc Music
UPC:
5019396241725
catalogNumber:
2417
Rank:
17052

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ana Alcaide   Primary Artist,Violin,Vocals,Nyckelharpa,celtic harp,Musical Direction
Bill Cooley   Psaltery,Santur,Ud,Medieval Lute,Tar
Jaime Muñoz   Clarinet,Ney,kaval,Turkish Clarinet,Accordion (Diatonic),Furulya
Diego López   Percussion
Josete Ordonez   Acoustic Guitar,spanish guitar
Dimitris Psonis   Santur,Lyra
Sergey Saprychev   Percussion
Reza Shayesteh   Vocals
Renzo Ruggiero   Electric Bass,Hurdy-Gurdy,Acoustic Bass
Rafa Del Teso   Acoustic Guitar,Mandola

Technical Credits

Ute Entwistle   translation
Ana Alcaide   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Soundscape
Juan Manuel Castro Prieto   Engineer
Sarah Ash   Layout
Renzo Ruggiero   Sound Effects
Nathan Burkiewicz   translation
Beatriz Moreno-Cervera   Composer

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