Tierra de Nadie
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It is hard to put this music into a category. Though Hevia is from the Asturian region of Spain, which has Celtic roots, the music is VERY different. You hear very clearly the Celtic influences in this CD. But upon closer examination, you also hear touches of Middle Eastern, a little Indian as well as European gypsy rhythms. And, of course, Hevia lives in Spain and you hear that too! In a lot of ways this is the ultimate FUSION album.
There are two tracks I suggest you listen to: "Busindre Reel," and "El Garrotin." If you like those two songs, than you will love this CD. It is representative of what the CD is all about and the rich fusion of so many types of styles into one fabric known as Hevia! As a perveyor of World Music I highly suggest this CD!
Hevia plays Asturian pipes and an electric pipe of his own design. Somehow his electronic pipe sometimes sound Spanish and other times does a decent impression of uillean pipes! Several tracks also feature low whistle, and Hevia's playing has an expressive quality I haven't heard since Davy Spillane. There's also some vocals in Spanish by guests, but in small parts and used as sound to nice effect. I was real impressed with this release, and have been listening to it a lot since picking it up. It's a well-rounded, very listenable CD.
My favorite -Burnside wheel is a magical piece, best savored loud with wind blowing thought the listener's hair, a really cool and magical track and probably his most famous one. This is perfect for fans of fun new stuff and Celtic music, Hevia even played music in the Lord of the Rings movies so its part movie sounds, part fantasy and then some folk. There are flues and hot desert sounds some produced by ancient instruments and other by electronic equipment fusing old and new into a new sound. Any guy who can make bagpipes look cool is A+ in my book.
- Kasia S.
It wasn't until I got home and listened through the whole CD, however, that I discovered a most interesting feature: Track 12. True, it's not on the program listing, but if you advance Track 11 to time index 4:39, you will find it. It starts out with a female chorus similar to "El Ramu". Then comes a driving "rock" beat and the most incredibly melancholy music. It has at the same time the feeling of modernity and of immense antiquity. I listened to it enraptured -- then listened to it again. This, in my opinion, is the best part of the whole CD. Why it isn't officially listed or named is beyond me.
Another fascinating aspect of the CD is the language. At first glance, I thought it was Spanish. It is not. True, many linguists consider Asturian to be a Spanish dialect, but there are some noteworthy differences, both in the sound and in the way the language is written (see the program notes for an example).
All in all, "Tierra de Nadie" is well worth the money, and has already given me hours of enjoyment.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hevia has several albums but he is largely unknown in the U.S. I was glad to learn that some of his albums are available in through Amazon. Read morePublished on November 24, 2013 by D. K. Lawson
This Cd has an excellent sound. The beautiful renditions of folkloric sounds stands alone. Spanish Bagpipes at it's best.
Excellent Cd I recommend it.
While walking with my family, heard this cd being played at Epcot.Fell in love with it.A friend using a I-phone ap, was able to locate the name of the CD and the song! Read morePublished on October 29, 2012 by B. Seely
Haunting sounds of a great piper
Pleased with purchase. first heard this many years ago in Spain and thought it was Irish.
My wife Debbie and I took our annual trip to Disney World in Dec. 06. On
the day we spent at Epcot Center, we made it a point to see two shows. Read more
Jose Angel Hevia, a native of Asturias (Spain), managed to mix in this album the spirit that Afro Celt Sound System (now Afrocelts) carries in their albums, with a New Age twist. Read morePublished on October 25, 2005 by Manny Hernandez
SALGA CORRIENDO Y COMPRE ESTE CD.......... LO ANTES POSIBLE......EL TIEMPO QUE PIERDA SIN ESCUCHAR A ESTE GENIAL GAITERO NO LO VA A PODER RECUPERAR JAMAS........Published on April 18, 2005 by Jazzkat