Berrogüetto's first record appeared on the musical scene in 1996. It was the beginning of an innovative group, with different and original ideas.
Then came giving concerts in festivals, and their international tours through Galicia, Spain, Portugal, Germany, France, United Kingdom, confirming the vitality and prestige of a Galician group that was becoming, in a very short space if time, one of the most important "world music" groups in the world.
The first draft of Hepta (number seven, in Greek) has, in the same way, the germ of an ideographical objective. It comes from reflection and a game with the magical number seven is the number of musicians, seven are the musical notes, seven the colours, seven the fine arts...
That is why, Hepta has been able to count on the collaboration of others from different artistic disciplines as is the case of George Rousse, a well-known French contemporary artist, whose work technique combines architecture, painting and photography. Hepta is a combination of different arts, a combined intervention of artists that has had, apart from George Rousse, many other contributions, as is the case of the special contribution from the Centro Galego de Arte Contemporáea (CGAC).
This factory is still an example of creativity and good management, its current owners are promoters of the patronage of the arts and have collaborated with Berrogüetto in the development of their idea. George Rousse worked on one of the historical buildings of the old factory for a week, and the group lived, day to day, the creative experience. The outcome is the excellent cover, the general graphic concept of the record and the photographic works of art that have been incorporated to the album.
Hepta has had the collaboration of international musicians Jivan Gasparian (Armenia) who plays the Duduk, a wind instrument with similar qualities to the human voice; Markus Svensson (Sweden) plays the Nyckelharp, an old traditional Swedish instrument with keys and strings that looks like a violin and Kalman Balogh (Hungary) interpreted the Cimbalom, a traditional instrument from the Balkans
The results are 13 songs composed between all the members of Berrogüetto, containing the musical elements that have consolidated the style of this pioneering group.
Hepta was recorded and mixed in the months of July, August and September 2001 in the recording studio that the group has in their rehearsal rooms. The final touches were carried out in Casa de Tolos and the mastering was done by Bob Katz in the USA.
Berroguetto are Anxo Pintos (hurdy-gurdy, violin, saxophone, piano, bagpipes), Isaac Palacín (Percussion), Quico Comesaña (Bouzouki and harp), Quin Farinha (violin), Santiago Cribeiro (accordeon and piano), Guillermo Fernández (guitar and bass) and Guadi Galego (vocals and bagpipes).
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