After 15 years and more than 700 shows in all continents, the Spanish experimental duet ZA! present their most populated project:
ZA! & la TransMegaCobla
The new ensemble is composed by:
• La MegaCobla: an experienced traditional Catalan cobla wind quartet, born after an improvisation workshop with ZA! two years ago. Pep Moliner, Jordi Casas, Xavi Molina and Xavi Torrent are four of the most reputable and innovative cobla musicians, experts in hacking tradition and using their folk instruments in any modern musical genre.
• Tarta Relena, young a capella trans-folk duet that have shook up theire scene. With their use of polyphony and voice FX, Helena Ros and Marta Torrella are digging in the deepest Mediterranean folk repertoire and placing it in the XXIst century with aesthetic renewal.
• ZA!: Papadupau & Spazzfrica Ehd are European benchmarks of the underground Do-It-Yourself music community. Their uniquely intense shows, as well as their collective/collaborative work (wokshops, benefit shows, Do-it-Together cooperation) have allowed them to tour the whole world, from Tokyo to Maputo, from Tasmania to Sao Paulo, from New York to Saint Petersburg. Under the premise that avant-garde art is not incompatible with collective horizontal creation, ZA! mix cult, underground and popular music without asking permission.
These three elements come together with the purpose of portraying their own vision of Mediterranean music, filtered by distortion (so current in cognitive, social and identity terms) and psychedelia (so inevitable in an increasingly accelerated and saturated reality). A retro-futuristic journey from folk to free exploring the shores of the Mediterranean, claiming its power as a living core, never as a deadly border.
The TransMegaCobla fuses traditional Mediterranean culture -from bulería to kopanitsa, from gnaoua to sardana- with contemporary culture to create a fictional but deeply human and festive universe. Resurrecting the Phoenician language, the octet seeks common roots to fuse and remake them with contemporary molds such as rock, punk, free jazz and conducted improvisation. A timeless orchestra ready to invent, with real elements, a science-fiction Mediterranean in a parallel reality.
released February 10, 2023
Coreleased in vinyl by Keroxen, Discrepant, Gandula, Indian Runners and Lovers & Lollypops. Released in CD in Japan by Moorworks and in Australia by Valve.
Released in cassette with volcanic hancdrafted stone case -limited edition- by IN:EX.
Recorded -on tape- by Joan Pons at Teatre de Cal Eril. Mixed by Santi Garcia at Ultramarinos Costa Brava. Mastered -on tape- by Victor Garcia at Ultramarinos Mastering. Artwork by Daniel Alonso (Pony Bravo).
Festival and label based in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. As a label publishing mainly experimental and non main stream
music by Canarian artists and festival related national and international acts. Since 2021 part of Discrepant network. www.keroxen.com