Almez is a folk band music originating in the city of Toledo (Spain), rather a grupazo are a spectacular sound! Created in 1998 and consolidated after 18 years of activity, has evolved from a markedly traditional style to the current sound: a mixture of traditional airs such as dance, Jotas Castilians, Jigas, reels, etc., with rhythms outside folk music as the Reggae, bossa, soca, ska or rumba.
In these years have traveled much of the geography Castilian-manchego, Castilla y León, Murcia, Aragon and Madrid, highlighting performances sharing stage with reference groups such as Celtic short, participation in events in emblematic places such as Those made in the XLIV interceltic Festival of Sendim (Portugal), XLIV festival Folk Tablas de Daimiel, XLV and XLVIII Medieval Festival of Hita, Teatro Rojas de Toledo, Barranda Folk or in the halls of the Teatro Real in Madrid. In addition, they have achieved various awards at both the regional and local levels, including the 2nd and 3rd prize in the Young Artists contest of Castilla-La Mancha, in its Editions 2000 and 1999 respectively, and finalists in this contest in its 2003 edition.
Almez has participated in the production of two Toledos/two Toledos directed by the American documentarists Jacob David & Joel washing and made on the occasion of the 75 anniversary of the twinning between the cities of Toledo (Castilla-La Mancha) and Toledo (Ohio). The aforementioned documentary was released simultaneously in both cities in 2006 and has subsequently been distributed throughout Spain and the United States of America. It also emphasizes the inclusion of ALMEZ in the publication FESTIVAL QVIXOTE, published by Don Quijote de la Mancha 2005 S.A. Public Company of Castilla-La Mancha, which collects all the artists who have participated in the cultural events celebrated on the occasion of the IV Centennial Don Quixote.
His repertoire is a combination of songs of his own composition with traditional themes of whose arrangements the ALMEZ group itself is responsible, with the aim of recovering all kinds of traditional songs from Spain (Galicia, Asturias, Castilla) and those spotlights Of folk music that are outside their borders (Ireland, Scotland, France, Armenia, etc.), but always maintaining a special interest in traditional Castilian-manchego music.
The instrumentation is varied mixing traditional instruments like Galician bagpipes, the tin and low-whistles Irish, bouzouki, accordion and percussions of diverse origin (Galicia, Castile, Ireland, Africa), with instruments like violin, gaita midi (Hevia Electronic Bagpipe), acoustic and electric guitars, electric bass and keyboards. All this up to about 30 instruments interpreted in the same performance by its members.
In short, the interpretation of his repertoire takes the public on a journey through the considered Celtic nations proposing another way to enjoy music.
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