Luar Na Lubre XX – Encrucillada
We proudly present our latest endeavor, «Encrucillada», which marks a significant milestone in our musical journey. For nearly 40 years, Luar Na Lubre has been dedicated to sharing the richness of Galician language and culture both at home and abroad. Today, we are excited to introduce you to this unique book-disc that encapsulates our passion and dedication.
«Encrucillada» is a tribute to our musical history, a carefully curated collection of emblematic tracks spanning various stages of our artistic evolution. We have reimagined these songs from a contemporary perspective, infusing them with new arrangements and instrumentation that breathe fresh life into them.
What truly sets «Encrucillada» apart is the collaboration with 46 musicians and vocalists who have left their mark on our journey. This fusion of talents has yielded an exceptional compilation that reflects Luar Na Lubre’s versatility and evolution over time.
Among the musical gems you’ll discover on this disc are classics like «Ancares,» «Camiño de Ibias,» «Os animais,» «Pola Ponte de San Xoan,» «Memoria da noite,» «Romance de novembro,» «Romeiro ao lonxe,» «Cantiga se Santa María,» «Muñeira do Miño,» and many others that capture the essence of Galician music.
A particularly poignant moment on «Encrucillada» is the inclusion of Pablo Milanés’ composition, «El largo camino de Santiago,» with unique arrangements by Luar Na Lubre and the voice of the Cuban singer-songwriter himself, recorded shortly before his passing. An emotional tribute that bridges two cultures through music.
Furthermore, we must not overlook the song «Canto de andar,» which was awarded Best Galician Language Song at the 2008 Academy of Music Awards. In this new rendition, we are joined by Rosa Cedrón, the vocalist of our band from 1997 to 2005, whose unmistakable style enriches this masterpiece even further.
Our book-disc extends beyond the realm of music, as we’ve also compiled a photographic and literary chronology that takes you through pivotal moments in our history. With over 50 texts and photographs from prominent figures in Galician and international culture, we provide a comprehensive view of our artistic journey.
The cover of «Encrucillada,» designed by the talented Catalan artist Manel Calderón, showcases Galician and Celtic symbols. From totemic animals to the mystical encounter of the wise druid and the majestic deer at a crossroads beneath the light of the full moon, this cover encapsulates the essence of our culture and mysticism.
We invite you to enjoy and celebrate this new chapter in our musical trajectory. The magic of Luar Na Lubre awaits your discovery once again in «Encrucillada»!
Vieiras e vieiros Historias de peregrinos
Vieiras e vieiros, stories of pilgrims, is the 19th record work, an album that visualizes the artistic, cultural and natural footprint of the Camino de Santiago, through the stories of those who walk the trails: the pilgrims.
The album’s title is a play on words that refers precisely to the stories that are the protagonists of this work: the human factor of the Jacobean route. As Bieito Romero explains, “the scallops are the most recognizable symbol of Santiago, as an apostle, and also of the pilgrims who, on numerous occasions, were taken to their land from our beaches. These travelers were and are the bearers of the scallops and who, with their walking, built and continue to build the roads (scallops) that make up the different Jacobean routes, from the Primitive Way, to the many trails that exist today. They, who carry the scallops, make the scallops (roads) ”.
Vieiras e vieiros, stories of pilgrims is an extensive work in which Luar Na Lubre highlights the soundtrack of the territories through which the Jacobean itinerary passes, and which encompasses places such as O Cebreiro, A Fonsagrada, Costa da Morte or the very city of Santiago de Compostela. «The extensions of the Camino, up to Fisterra and Muxía, are the natural ends of the ancient Celtic Star Trail, the route that took pilgrims to the end of the earth, to the point where the sea began», he points out. Rosemary. Thus, the album includes, in addition to the new creations by Luar Na Lubre, «the very sounds that flow along the Camino and the traditional music that was present for a long time on the Jacobean route», says the artist.
Vieiras e vieiros, stories of pilgrims also includes a second album, which compiles some of the songs by Luar Na Lubre related to the Jacobean route or the birth of it. «Our creation is a very personal one, but it is closely related to traditional music and, especially, to medieval Galician lyrics,» says Bieito Romero. Thus, in this second work Luar Na Lubre adapt cantigas as they have done on previous occasions, and it has such interesting collaborations as Diana Navarro, Ismael Serrano, Pablo Milanés, Miro Casabella, the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra and Carlos Jean.
Canada, from Germany to Argentine. In 1996, Mike Oldfield included on his Voyager album a cover of their song O son do ar (The sound of the air) which was the title of the first album by the band from Coruña, released in 1988. After their debut, Luar Na Lubre released the albums Beira
atlantica (1990), Plenilunio (1997), Cabo do mundo (1999), XV aniversario (2001), Espiral (2002), Hai un paraíso (2004), Saudade (2005), Camiños da fin da terra (2007), Ao vivo (2009), Solsticio (2010), Mar maior (2012) and Torre de Breoghán (2014), Extramundi (2015), XXX Aniversario
(2016) e Ribeira Sacra (2018).
Luar Na Lubre’s music is suggestive, diverse allowing to dance and dream. The songs are full of life, soulful, well designed and intended to be permanent, with a long collective reach that flies above borders. «Listening to these songs that summarise 25 years of our life one can feel a vertigo
forward. If we look back, we feel satisfaction» explains Bieito Romero. «Our work is that of little ants, going forward with every album, every concert, always surpassing ourselves, always active. We are a large and well-adjusted band looking for a work well done and we are very satisfied with
«Our first album had the song O son do ar (included in this box), which was the title song and the one Mike Oldfield made a cover. In Spain, Oldfield was some kind of god and our music went through the roof. It helped us a lot, people became interested in Luar Na Lubre», Bieito Romero
This nearly 30-year continuity is more significant and praiseworthy since it has been developed with perseverance and fidelity in the folk universe. «We perform traditional music, old songs, always from our own perspective», states Bieito Romero. «We work on root music contributing our colour, the same as with our own compositions, always inspired by Galician music». And when the term
«fusion» appears, Bieito makes this very clear: «we are a permeable country, helped by back-and- forth emigration, Camino de Santiago … Character comes from the way to understand music, sounds… We must be very careful with fusions and we must know styles properly. Fusion is not confusion».
But Luar Na Lubre’s music has no fusions nor confusions, no fashions nor fluctuations. It is an example of loyalty to a way of doing, of discovering links between root and contemporary, of determination in hard times that always bears fruit.
Luar Na Lubre are Bieito Romero (bagpipes, accordion, hurdy-gurdy), Irma Macías (voice), Nuria Naya (violin), Paxti Bermúdez (bodhran, drum), Pedro Valero (acoustic guitar), Xavier Ferreiro (latin percussion, effects), Xan Cerqueiro (flutes) and Brais Maceiras (accordion). Along this quarter of a century life, the band has had different siners such as Ana Espinosa, Rosa Cedron, Sara Louraço Vidal, Paula Rey, Belém Tajes and the present Irma Macías. All of them, together with Luar Na Lubre’s profound and precious instrumental character, have left a mark in the music of a unique and referral band because of their use of the basically Galician traditional music. Along their career, Luar Na Lubre has sold more than 300,000 copies of their albums (Plenilunio and Cabo do mundo became Golden Record) and has been awarded with nine Music Awards (granted by the Academy of Arts and Science of Music), two Luar Awards (granted by TVG’s programme Luar) and an Ideal Award (granted by El Ideal Gallego) amongst other distin tions. In its more than 30-years trajectory, Luar Na Lubre has given more than one thousand concerts in more than 23 countries, taking part in Wolrd Music main festivals with bands as Mike Oldfield, The Waterboys, The Corrs or Bob Geldof.
O Son Do Ar
Cabo do Mundo
Hai un Paraíso
Camiños da Fin da Terra
Sons da Lubre nas Noites de Luar
Torre de Breoghán
Vieiras e Vieiros, Historias de Peregrinos
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