After an exciting year for Besarabia, in which we won two competitions (Castilla Folk y UrduFolk 2016), and had the opportunity to play in some amazing places, such as the Palau de la Música in Valencia, the moment has arrived to collect together all these tunes that we have been travelling with during these years and enter the recording studio.
The CD will comprise of 13 numbers.
Balkan dances: Sandansko Horo, Cetvorno Horo, Lazarsko Horo
Popular Mediterranean songs: Uskudara, Kerem Eyle,
Klezmer music: Bukoviner Freylachs, Doyna, Dance of the Puppeteers
Ottoman music : Naz Bari
4 Original Compositions: Two compositions by Heidi Erbrich, Autumn in Prague,which is in a more modern and jazzy style and Soñando Blue Blau, an energetic tune in a style we call flamenco-Balkan. Les Mones Balcàniques (The Balkan Monkeys, dedicated to Eva and Heidi !)) is composed by Jaume Pallardó, and is a contemporary melody but at the same time honouring an eastern, traditional style, whilst Cau la Mà is a poem set to music, dedicated to the refugees, composed by Eva Domingo.
We are asking for your help to realise this project and in return we are offering attractive rewards as described on this page.
We hope you will like this project and that you'll enjoy our music.
A little taster of our music:
We are not only offering rewards of CD's etc. but we also have a few very special rewards: three original, signed drawings by Dámaso Gómez, which were created during the design process for our CD "Rhythms, Plaits & Cats. The drawings will be personally dedicated to the 2 lucky patrons!
Where your contributions will go:
Recording in the studio "Primavera en el Atlas" in Murcia, mixing, mastering, manufacture, distribution and promotion, design, layout and photos for the CD Besarabia “Rhythms, Plaits and Cats”
Up until now we've already spent more than half a year preparing for this CD recording: adding arrangements, extra instruments, choosing which tunes to record (and discarding many others..), pre-recording all the numbers (thanks to the amazing help and patience of Rafa Juany Camel); basically getting together the production of the CD.
The design we've entrusted to Dámaso Gómez, who made the design for our first EP, and as we were so pleased with it we've decided to collaborate with him again. .
We will start late April/ May with the recording and mastering in the studio Primavera en el Alma with Constantino López in Murcia.
The manufacture, distribution and promotion will take place in May-June and the CD will hopefully be ready by end June-July 2017.
A short bio of Besarabia
Besarabia was born in 2013 by the chance meeting of three musicians specialised in quite different styles. Their concerts develop as a journey through the music of the Balkan peninsula, where so many different cultures and races have come together over the centuries, travelling from east to west.
In a short but intensive period together, Besarabia has performed numerous concerts in various establishments, concert halls and festivals, amongst the most notable being the festival “Espai Mediterrani” of MuVIM in 2014, Festival L’Horta Nord Folk, “Nits al Claustre” (2015, Castellón), Festival Músiques del Món , Mostra Viva del Mediterrani (Palau de la Música de València) 2016, 1st prize in the Competition of Folk Groups “Burgos Raíz y Evolución. (julio, 2016)” y 1st prize in the competition Urdufolk (Bizcaia, 2016).