Basque (ing) in the sounds of txalaparta
The txalaparta is a percussive instrument from the Basque country, its name has been attested as meaning the trot of the horse, relating to the rhythmic sound of the instrument. The linked recordings were made specially for CFR by musicians and field recordists from the Basque Country, Amaia and Mikel. They have managed to capture the unique and dynamic sounds of the txalaparta and have really made some great recordings. To hear click here.
Also we are currently working on new material as a follow up to Te-Uhinak to hear a new unmastered recording featuring chanting from the Zhoushan fishermen click here.
Finally Here at CFR we are always looking for more people to submit recordings or contribute with, feel free to contact us.
New Video and recent updates
We recently completed a video for the final single off the album Te-Uhinak for the song 'Sortaldea ta sartadea', you can watch it here on Youtube. The video features an interview with Cao Yang Li who plays Guzheng on Te-Uhinak as well as on our soon to be released follow up. Over the coming month we will be releasing an EP of new material which is so far sounding great! We are also still working on our short film based on 'Zhoushan fishermen's work songs' who also feature on our new EP. We really looking forward to everyone hearing our new work so stay tuned for more to follow...
Field Recordings update
This month in the Field Recordings section we've added a new section 'Zhoushan fisherman's work songs' which feature really interesting recordings of local retired fishermen made in BeiHai Zhoushan. On our Youtube Channel you can also find a promo video for the instrumental "Edur beilegia" which was filmed in Hangzhou last February. Enjoy!
Published today Beñat in 'El Correo'
Out today in the daily newspaper "El Correo" Beñat Fuentes talks with journalist Oscar Cubillo about China Field Recordings, C making music in China . With an estimated 450,000 daily readers 'El Correo' is one of Europe's most popular daily news publications. You can view the JPEG file here.
Zhou Shan Fishermen songs
Last Sunday we visited Zhou Shan (舟山) to record the local fishermen songs. Zhou Shan is located in northeastern Zhejiang consisting solely of islands and is one of China's major centers for Buddhism. We recorded the fishermen songs by a deserted part of the DingHai port but their incredible power soon attracted a large crowd including local media Ding Hai News. We recorded some amazing material, including video, interviews and stories from local retired fisherman, which we are currently working through, stay tuned for updates!
kotoia ta loa - New Promo Video
We've just finished a video for the song 'Kotoia ta lao' filmed in China at Mr and Mrs Pan's cotton workshop 潘永泰棉花店 located on Hangzhou's famous He Fang Street.
The cotton work shop has been part of Hangzhou's cultural history for over 100 years but due to Mr Pan's advancing age its future as a functioning studio remains uncertain.
To read more and watch the video on YouTube click here or for those in China click here to view on Youku.
Spring in Hangzhou
Have you ever wondered what a cloud of gongs may sound like? Well, if yes! then check out our newly updated Instrument recordings section. Also this month we've been crazy busy recording and editing videos which we will publish soon, some very exciting stuff!
Stay tuned for more......
This month we were lucky enough to feature on the Hangzhou Facebook page, with nearly 45,000 likes its a great way to find out more about the city Marco Polo once described as
"the City of Heaven, the most beautiful and magnificent in the world"
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Dear friends, February and March have been very busy months! The great news is after the success of Te-Uhinak: Music Inspired by China Field recordings we've been given the green light to record a follow-up. So far the recording sessions have been going really well and we can't wait for everyone to hear the results. We're also busy collecting new field recordings and have a big trip planned for this month. In the meantime here's a new video of a 2002 celebration of Chinese minorities submitted by our good friend Hu Sheng Fei. While not as intimate as our usual videos it still features a wide range of fascinating and colorful performances, including dragon dancing and Miao chanting. You can watch the vid at our Youtube channel enjoy! (Note the picture on the left is of CFR's very own Beñat Fuentes featuring in a Chinese historical film!)
It's snowing in Hangzhou!
We've had a beautiful snowfall in Hangzhou over the last few days so we've been out taking pictures to share with you all (see below).
Beñat as always has been busy with more interviews, here's a link to his lastest contribution for Gagaztezulo, a well respected European culture and music publication.
Also recommended is The last post and chorus blog from friend of CFR, journalist and Limerick music legend Eric FitzGerald and for those of you that speak Basque or Spanish check out these great sites About Basque Nontzeberri and Arraio Irratia
Also recommended are these radio stations etib and Boulevard which you can listen to online. If you are interested in receiving a promo copy of Te-Uhinak or any field recording material please contact us here.
Happy Lantern festival
Happy Lantern festival and Valentine's day! (Feb 14th).
Below you can listen to an interview Beñat did yesterday with eitb radio.
In the interview Beñat discusses making music in China and more details about the recording and influence of Chinese traditional music on Te-Uhinak.
The interview is in Spanish and lasts around 25 mins.
Te-Uhinak: Music inspired by China Field Recordings feature in Berria
Happy Chinese New Year of the Horse 新年快乐2014
Happy year of the Horse everybody!
This year is the Chinese lunar year of the Horse which means leadership, authority and wealth. Anyone born during this 12 year cycle including the years 2014, 2002 etc. this is your year to celebrate! Depending on various interpretations, for those born on the year of the horse, they will experience either great success and prosperity or increased conflict and fluctuating finances.
Below are some photos and an audio recording from this Year's midnight prayers at Fa Hua Temple (法华寺). It is a traditional Chinese custom to pay respects to ancestors by lighting incense and candles at midnight on New Years eve.
The pics and recordings were made using a smartphone, enjoy!
We've had a busy January and added a lot of new content to the site, including new videos and audio recordings. In Field recordings we have added a Liuzhou section featuring videos and recordings of the Miao minority. In the instruments section we've added a video and a recording of a LuSheng, a polyphonic wind instrument recorded in GuangXi. We've also added more videos to our Youtube channel. Enjoy and stay tuned for more updates!
New Video - Miao New Years celebration
Our first update of 2014 is an excellent video submitted by HuSheng Fei.
It was filmed in Liuzhou located in north-central Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region 2005 and features traditional Miao music and dancing.
Part of HuSheng Fei's family are Miao and the video features her grandmother and other relatives. Click to view on Youtube or on this site.
Here at CFR we are always searching for more recordings, If you have interesting material that you think is appropriate for China Field Recordings please visit our submissions page.
Updated Youtube Channel
Happy New year to one and all! This is our last post of 2013, roll on 2014!
For those with access, CFR has updated and reorganized our Youtube channel (click youtube icon above). We'll be adding new videos soon so stay tuned. Best wishes for the coming year and lets hope 2014 will be filled with many new achievements and challenges to overcome.
Buda ta Guda Promo.
As the year 2013 reaches it finality we'd like to thank everyone for their support for what was an incredible journey so far. We are looking forward to an exciting future filled with new projects, field-recordings as well as a continuation of the 'songs inspired by project'. In the meantime here's a new short edit promo video by RuiYan for 'Buda ta Guda'. Click to view on Youtube or on this site. More importantly here's a picture of Beñat's friends' beautiful baby listening to Te-uhinak!
Music Expo and Video.
Last month Te:Uhinak was featured at a prestigious music expo and received widespread press support and coverage in Ireland, Basque country, Europe and Asia. Also the talented RuiYan is busy working on new videos, including a long edit for the upcoming Buda ta Guda single. Which can be viewed here (bottom right) or on Youtube.
Taking almost eight months to complete Te-Uhinak: Music Inspired by China Field Recordings is finally available to purchase on Hotsak records (home to Capsula, Tree etc.). The album contains 12 tracks including original music and field recordings from Hangzhou, Shengzhou and Jinhua China. The album digi-pak contains a CD and lovingly created six page booklet. You can purchase by following this link----Te-Uhinak Album (for English click here).
CNC International TV.
Here's an interview CFR did back in August 2013, there is also a Chinese version in the video section. The embedded version of this interview will also be added to the interviews section soon.
Next week we will be announcing the release of date of Te-Uhinak: Music Inspired by China Field recordings so stay tuned for more.....
Looking for Contributors.
In preparation for soon to be announced album news, CFR has had a slight make-over by simplifying our website's layout and adding a new instruments section. More importantly CFR is now looking for contributors to submit recordings of traditional Chinese music to add to the site or future album releases. For more details click here.
Recently we were back in the studio recording new music for 'Te-Uhinak'. Below is a link to a video from the 'Te-Uhinak' recording sessions of a song inspired by an old Basque love story. The singing in Chinese is by 周书格 a very talented singer and musician. We have some really exciting projects and news to come over the following months, stay tuned for more..... In the meantime enjoy this video. You can watch the video at this link.
Over the summer CFR recorded a video interview for China's largest new organization 'XinHua'. China Field Recordings has received great support and encouragement from music lovers in China, we hope we can strive forward with our work for a long time and further explore China's opulent musical heritage. To see the video click here.
Last month China Field Recordings was interviewed about their field recording work in China. The story was featured in numerous China publications and a video report for XinHua (China's largest news organization) in currently being edited. Stay tuned for more. You can read the full article here (in Chinese).
Deia Newspaper Interview.
Recently Beñat Fuentes was interviewed for well respected newspaper 'Deia', to read his thoughts on making music in China click here.
Return to LingYin.
We recently returned to LingYin Temple with RuiYan and Wang 'Shi Fu' to film for a feature report.
This time we stayed the night at LingYin village to prepare for an early 4am start. It was a long day but really worthwhile and we can't wait for the finished video. In the mean time click here for a preview
Much thanks to all at LingYin, Wang 'ShiFu' and especially RuiYan.
Beñat on Foktoria.
Recently Beñat returned home where he embarked on a series of TV and radio interviews. In this interview for 'Foktoria' a top rated cultural radio show, Beñat discusses recording, playing and performing music in China as well as his thoughts on working with traditional Chinese musicians. The interview also features music from Beñat's former band 'The Tree'. Click here to listen.
Cazados sonidos China!
Recently China Field Recordings was featured on Spanish and Basque TV channel ETB1 and ETB 2 in the news section called 'Teleberri'. You can watch here or by clicking on this link.
July More Chengdu.
For those located in the Pandatastic City of Chengdu check out July 2013 edition of MoreChengdu, featuring a cover story on China Field Recordings.
A recent Video of China Field Recordings being interviewed for Hangzhou Television.
While in Hangzhou we had a great time meeting locals singers who performed a few very enthusiastic renditions of 'Red songs' and local favourites such as '小小竹排画中游 xiao xiao zhu pai hua zhong you'.