Gaiteiros de Lisboa
Bocas do Inferno
Farol Musica (Portugal)
Gaiteiros de Lisboa start with an interesting conceit, since there are traditionally no "bagpipers of Lisbon" save for themselves. This band is obsessed with the sound of the wind, from the human voice and ancient reeds and flutes, to modern saxophones and industrial-designed instruments of their own concoction. To this they add the drone of the sanfona (hurdy gurdy), local and African percussion and a hunger for pure music, no matter where it takes them. Much of the music on Bocas do Inferno has roots in the vocal traditions of Portugal, with rich, thundering male voices carrying the melodies, tambor rhythms making it dance and a whoosh of bagpipes and reeds that give it both a Medieval feel and an otherworldly confusion.
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