Basque txistu player Garikoitz Mendizabal will give a concert in Beirut on the 3rd of May, along with the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra. The event will premiere a composition by organist and composer Naji Hakim, written particularly for orchestra and txistu, a traditional Basque wind instrument.
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Glasgow and Edinburgh will host a retrospective dedicated to the last 40 years of Basque cinema from late April to June.
The selected films reflect the vision of three generations of Basque filmmakers.
The programme Artistas en Ruta (Artists on the Road) has chosen five Basque bands to perform in venues all over Spain in autumn 2019: Broken Brothers Brass Band, Nøgen, Elena Setien, Maite Larburu and Unclose.
Singer-songwriter Ruper Ordorika won the Etxepare Prize for the Best Album in Euskera at the MIN Awards this year. Among all the albums published in our language in 2018, the winner was Bakarka (Alone), which the artist recorded with nothing but guitar and vocals. We caught up with Ordorika to share a few words.
The MIN Awards ceremony (Spanish Independent Music Awards) was held last night at the Teatro Circo Price hall in Madrid. This time, the Etxepare Award for the Best Album in Basque went to Ruper Ordorika with his latest album Bakarka. The biggest winner of the evening was the Madrid-based band Morgan.
The five finalists in each category of the Spanish Independent Music Awards (MIN) were announced today. The winners will be announced at the award ceremony on March 13th. Broken Brothers Brass Band, Izaki Gardenak, Gatibu, Revolta Permanent and Ruper Ordorika are in the running for the Etxepare Award for the Best Album in Basque.
The Celtic Connections festival was the first milestone of the Scotland Goes Basque 2019 programme, created and promoted by the Etxepare Basque Institute. At the end of January, the rock band Huntza joined other Basque bands in Scotland to take part in the Celtic music festival. In the words of Josune Arakistain, Huntza’s lead singer, “the experience in Scotland was amazing”.
January 26th was the last day of Basque music at the Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow, but the #ScotlandGoesBasque project has only begun. Celtic Connections was the first step in the Etxepare Institute’s Basque window in Scotland, with events scheduled throughout 2019. For both the bands and music sector professionals who took part in the cultural gathering, the experience was perceived as positive.
This year marks the 11th edition of the Independent Music Awards and the public vote is open until 11 February. The names of the artists registered this year have recently been announced, and among them, 23 Basque artists will compete for the Best Album in Basque.
The Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow will be in full swing until February 3rd, but the Basque bands have come and gone. Korrontzi, Kalakan, Huntza, Oreka Tx and Tosta Banda performed on stage, and on January 24th and 25th several Basque music representatives took part in Connecting Cultures, the event held for industry professionals.