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Saena Import

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SAENA is a new Progressive rock band from Mexico, and two of its members shouldn't be strangers to the eyes (And ears !) of the connoisseurs: guitarist-keyboardist Jose Luis Fernandez LEDESMA Q. (NIRGAL VALLIS) and violinist Alejandro SANCHEZ (NAZCA & DECIBEL). The bands named here used to play in the domain of avant-garde music, so we may expect something similar here. That's not the case with the self-titled album, jointly published by the Musea and Luna Negra labels in the year 2008, displaying a symphonic type of music, in the grand South-American tradition. Let's not forget some great experimental or jazz-rock parts. Here are eight long and mostly instrumental tracks, ponctuated by Margarita BOTELLO's melancholic vocals (Plus some parts sung in Spanish), and enriched by the Chapman Stick sonorities courtesy of Hugo SANTOS. The group tells the story of Saena, King of Birds and Owner of the Feather, who lives in the mountain Haraiti Bareza. Convoked by their liege, the birds went on an initiatic quest, musically illustrated by the five musicians. To be discovered !

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 21, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Musea
  • ASIN: B0014T46XS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,539,531 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Squire Jaco on January 29, 2010
Format: Audio CD
With the prominent violin and the progressive jazz fusion style, this debut album by the Mexican band known as Saena actually reminds me a lot of Japanese bands like KBB, Ain Soph and even Kenso. (All fantastic bands, by the way.) Along with violin, there is plenty of piano, accordion, bass (Chapman Stick), excellent drumming, and guitars. I should also include the female accordion player's voice, as most of her vocals are wordless and used like another instrument in the band - very cool. She also sings sometimes (in Spanish), and has a very fine voice.

The accordion makes this a unique prog album, and it's nicely mixed into the music - not too overbearing as accordions can sometimes be. It doesn't really sound Mexican to me (do they use accordions in Mexico a lot?), but it does give a nice folk or ethnic feel to the music. I really like this cd - the musicianship is excellent, the songs are well written and original, and the production quality is top-notch. The album is about 68 minutes long, and includes eight songs that tell the story of a group of birds on a quest to reach their ultimate being, Saena.
Gran música - get it!

I value interesting music that is played and recorded well. This cd's rating was based on:
Music quality = 8.6/10; Performance = 9/10; Production = 9/10; CD length = 10/10.
Overall score weighted on my proprietary scale = 8.9 ("4-1/2 stars")
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