Workshops

VOCES DE MEMORIA / On the paths of Santiago de Compostela

Unprecedented dive in the musical culture of Galicia

🟦  Animation : IALMA

🟦  Biography of IALMA

For over 20 years, IALMA’s four delightful ‘cantareiras’ have been singing and playing their native region – Galicia – all over the world.

Since their debut, and ‘Palabras Darei’, their first album, how many paths traveled.

Paths still virgin, at the turn of which is the meeting, often unexpected but how rich in discoveries ; cross roads that feel good adventure and freedom ; steep paths that have sometimes cast doubt on the way to take ; devious paths, sources of new experiences ; paths that have crossed the roads of many artists to different universes, with which they have not hesitated to do … a little bit of way, such as Dulce Pontes, Carlos Nuñez, Kepa Junkera, Mercedes Peon, Eliseo Parra, but also Arno, Zefiro Torna, Philippe Catherine, Renaud, Lucilla Galeazzi, Leila Amezian, Manou Gallo, Carlo Rizzo, Quentin Dujardin, Dick Van der Harst, Urban Trad, Fabrizio Cassol, N’Faly Kouyate, Perry Rose, …

Although resident in Brussels, Veronica, Natalia, Marisol and Eva are in permanent connection with Galicia. The musical culture and the Galician traditions are indeed their inexhaustible sources of inspiration which allowed them to build, little by little, a vast repertoire of songs borrowed from their roots but adapted to their everyday life: that of women of today , in touch with several cultures, several languages, several musical aesthetics.

IALMA is the witness of this musical and artistic evolution that began in the Galician oral tradition and then ventured into surprising mixes, with new generations of rhythms and trends.

This is the best way to define the evolution of IALMA’s artistic project and its important contribution to perpetuate, renovate and evolve this particular musical genre.

🟦 Programme

The program below is available on a weekend. We can adapt it for half a day or a whole day.

Throughout this weekend, IALMA’s ‘cantareiras’ will offer participants an unprecedented dive into the musical culture of Galicia, this region of northwestern Spain, well known for its path that for centuries, leads pilgrims around the world to Santiago de Compostela.

On the program: a little bit of history, lots of little stories and, above all, songs (traditionally unison, to which we will sometimes add 2nd and 3rd voices, for our pleasure), but also percussion and dances .. .

Marisol and Eva will tell you about their collecting experiences, from the old ladies in the small villages of Galicia, of these traditional songs, perpetuated, from generation to generation, by oral transmission. Songs carrying the history and identity of this people, connecting with Celtic culture. Popular songs, sometimes harsh, often joyful, that content and tell the daily life of these women and men, peasants, fishermen, workers … but also their struggle for the preservation of their language and the recognition of their own identity, scorned during the 20th century by the dictatorship Francoist.

In Galicia, the song is always accompanied by percussion instruments, such as ‘conchas’ (scallops, symbol of the well known camiño), ‘pandereitas’ (tambourines) or ‘lata’ (spices box).

In Galicia, the song is often related to the dance: muiñeiras, jotas and rumbas, in particular.

In Galicia, these moments of joy generate significant and particular cries : the ‘aturuxos’.

In Galicia, these moments of encounter and sharing always end with the traditional Druidic ritual of ‘queimada’.

That’s all we want to share with you this weekend.

We ask participants to bring a pair of scallops and a relaxed outfit that allows you to move.

Program completely accessible to beginners and adaptable for a young audience (from 3 years old and up to 18 years old)

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