Over the years Christmas has turned into a cake with mutiple ingredients, one of which stands out beyond measure- the ferocious consumption of Anglo-Saxon style. This generates less and less satisfaction and distances us more and more from our ancestral traditions that are being relegated into oblivion. In cities, the erruption of these barbaric customs has completely eclipsed the native customs, but fortunately, although with expiration date, many are still conserved by rural medium.
From this rural medium we have nurished ourselves to offer you a Christmas monograph that we present to you, coming from a secular culture and tradition that survives in part thanks to the religious rooting of our towns, and that way the survival of community acts like the slaughtering of the pig, Christmas gifts, that continue supporting the solidarity of neighbors, though this assistance now isn't as necessary because it doesn't bring back traditional beliefs in an aparent time of wealth. Most of the Christmas carols and romances of our program come from the interior of Spain. They are simple and catchy songs, waiting for the audience to join in and learn and sing them with us. Our hope is that you teach them to the younger generation and that someday they will pass on our fragile oral tradition.
"Aguinaldo de Santiz". (Castilla y León)
Recorded live in december 2008
at Paco Díez Classroom-Museum (Mucientes - Valladolid).
PACO DÍEZ :
Voice, guitar, mandolin, backpipe,
RAMIRO GONZÁLEZ : Voice, guitar, laud, backpipe,
Voice, cajón, quijada, cajita, and other percusion
MANUEL GARCÍA REÁTEGUI :
Voice, guitar, acoustic bass, sikus, and percussion.
Vídeo Fran Hervada. Sound Armando Records
"Reyes de Polaciones" (Cantabria)
"Nochebuena de Garganta" (Extremadura)
"Aguilandu y Reis" (Asturias) "Navideña de Ávila" (Castilla y León)
The musical group La Bazanca began in May of 1980 with the special purpose of spreading traditional music of Castille and Leon. However, during its recitals the group has always liked to play melodies and rhythms belonging to other regions in favor of the spreading of music of the Iberian culture.
The group has included diverse formations throughout its existentence, which has allowed for rich and varying musical influences to coexist. This group has been in continuous search of new sounds and the use of instruments inherited directly from Castillian music tradition, which has allowed it to enjoy the development of its own personality. Moreover, this was possible because of a necessary and rigorous compilation, classification, and adaptation of all our knowledge traditional culture
Since 1982 we also have a collection of Christmas themes full of Christmas carols and romances collected in Spain's interior.
The group's concerts throughout Spain have exceded one thousand, but we will only point out its tours of France, Germany, Sweden, Israel, Italy, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Poland, and Portugal. La Bazanca has become one of the most prestigious musical groups of the European Folk circuit as well as an esteemed ambassador of tradicional language and culture of Spain.