Nömadak TX

Nömadak TX

by Oreka TX


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Nömadak TX

In the age of MTV and digital domination, it's always wonderful to discover a style of traditional music that hasn't yet been swamped by the omnivorous monster of pop music. Oreka TX are the duo of Harkaitz Martinez and Igor Otxoa. They were born and raised in Euskadi, a town in the Spanish Basque country. They play the txalaparta, a unique instrument that consists of wooden planks of various sizes laid over two wooden stands. The planks are struck with wooden mallets to produce a sound that's somewhere between a xylophone and a marimba. It takes two men to play the instrument because the planks are not tied down and it takes coordination and cooperation to play. The instrument almost became extinct in the 1960s; only two duos played the instrument then, but the txalaparta (TX) has made a slow comeback, thanks in large part to Oreka TX. In 1997, they joined the band of Kepa Junkera, who plays trikitixa, a Basque diatonic accordion. Junkera's style of world music fusion won a Latin Grammy for his album K, to which Oreka TX contributed. To make Nömadak TX, Martinez and Otxoa took their txalapartas and computer and traveled the world to record and collaborate with other musicians from traditions that remain largely unsullied by modern technology. They recorded in igloos in Samiland, a recording studio in India, on the steppes of Mongolia, and in the deserts of North Africa. They mixed and recorded as they went, adding final overdubs after they were back home. The journey was filmed for a documentary, also called Nömadak TX, for which this album provides the soundtrack. "Lauhazka" drops Mongol throat singing, Berber women singing a traditional melody, the chanting of Buddhist monks, and the rippling pulse of the txalaparta into a thumping club beat. "Garinisa" segues into "Jai Adivasi"; both feature sitar, gottuvadhyam (veena), tabla, Indian percussion, and stone and wood txalapartas. The basic structure is Indian, with the txalapartas adding rhythms that inhabit a space someplace between Africa and Manhattan minimalism. The Adivasi are the indigenous people of India, and Bagu is a storyteller/bard, roughly equivalent to an African griot. On "Bagu-Ahmedabad" his traditional singing is mixed into a minimal track consisting of txalaparta rhythms, tabla, fretless bass, and slide guitar played by Angel Unzu, a Spanish musician and arranger who worked with Oreka TX on this project. "Harpeslat" was recorded in a Sami igloo with Terje Isungset playing Jew's harp and txalapartas made out of ice that were constructed on the spot. Yana Mangi's forceful yoik, a traditional form of Sami song, supplies the basic melody. "Etzgarit" uses a traditional oud melody from the Saharawi people of eastern Morocco played by Iñigo Agirre, a gentle loping tune supported by txalapartas of stone, wood, and ice and subtle accents from violin, bodhran, bendir, and castanets. The intercultural mash-ups on Nömadak TX have a surprisingly unified sound, and the inventive ways Martinez and Otxoa blend their txalapartas with other instruments always makes for compelling listening.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/10/2009
Label: World Village Usa
UPC: 0713746808525
catalogNumber: 468085
Rank: 178824

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Oreka TX   Primary Artist
Julio Andrade   Bass,Double Bass
Angel Unzu   Banjo,Bass,Bouzouki,Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Slide Guitar,Fretless Bass Guitar,Morin Khuur
Xabier Zeberio   Violin
Terje Isungset   Jew's Harp,Vocals
Pello Ramirez   Cello
Mikel Laboa   Vocals
Kutal Khan   Jew's Harp
Jayan Nair   Vocals
Javi Alzola   Clarinet,Flute
Inigo Egia   Cymbals,Bass Drums,Tabla,Kanjira,Surdo,Bodhran,Bendir,Tar
Inigo Agirre   Lute
Harkaitz Mtnz. De San Vicente   Taps
Groupe Zaid   Castanets,Vocals
Goobi Hasdim   Sitar
Ganbold Muukhai   Vocals
Fouad Elattabi   Vocals
Palani Velu   Percussion
Oufaa Aouattah   Vocals
Pello Ramirez   Cello
Tiris Taldea   Vocals
Chinbad   Vocals
Bagu   Vocals
Asmaa Aouattah   Vocals
Angel Unzu   Banjo,Bouzouki,Guitar,Mandolin,Castanets,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Kalimba,Slide Guitar
Abdelhak Akandouch   Vocals
A. Undarmaa   Vocals,Zither
Yana Mangi   Vocals
Xabier Zeberio   Violin

Technical Credits

Igor Otxoa   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Angel Unzu   Arranger,Programming,Contributor,Adaptation
Terje Isungset   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Guillermo Garcia   Audio Production
Mikel Laboa   Composer
J.A. Artze   Composer
Harkaitz Mtnz. De San Vicente   Composer,Programming,Audio Production
Groupe Zaid   Composer
Marga Gutierrez   Audio Production
Mikel Zabaleta   Audio Production
Tiris Taldea   Composer
Txalapart   Audio Production
Chinbad   Composer
Bagu   Composer
Asmaa Aouattah   Composer
Angel Unzu   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Audio Production

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