Gabriel Erkoreka, Elkano Browning Cream, Atom Rhumba, Izaro, Tosta Banda and Juan Mari Beltrán are the recipients of this year’s Musika Bulegoa Saria awards. And the Etxepare Basque Institute Music Award went to the band Kalakan. The awards ceremony will take place in Pamplona on November 19th at 7 p.m. at the Baluarte Congress Centre and Auditorium of Navarre.
Euskal Herriko Musika Bulego Elkartea (EHMBE) announced the names of the winners of the 3rd edition of the competition today at a press conference. Present at the event were Myriam Miranda, director of EHMBE; Irene Larraza, director of the Etxepare Basque Institute; Maider Beloki, councillor of Culture and Education of Pamplona; and Mikel Azpiroz, musician and member of the band Elkano Browning Cream.
The award-winning artists are: composer Gabriel Erkoreka, for the show Carta Blanca performed by OCNE (Spanish National Orchestra and Choirs); the multiple-origin band Tosta Banda for its Tosta project; Elkano Browning Cream for its album Bor Bor; the band Atom Rhumba for the album Cosmic Lexicon; and singer Izaro for her latest work, Eason. In addition, the musician and musicologist Juan Mari Beltrán received the Special EHMBE Award for his project Soinuenea- Herri Musikaren Txokoa.
This is the second year the Etxepare Basque Institute has taken part in the competition with the Etxepare Basque Institute Music Award. The award aims to recognise the work of a creator, performer (soloist or band) or composer from the Basque Country in promoting Basque music in the international arena. The winner this year is the band Kalakan. In the jury’s opinion, this trio from the northern Basque Country “is a window of traditional Basque music”, and “has brought the roots of our music beyond our borders” by a contemporary reinterpretation of traditional music.