Bagpipe bands

PRESENTATION

We offer a wide variety of bagpipe bands with highly varied repertoires (traditional Galician and Asturian tunes, soundtracks, religious music, Celtic music or even pop and rock).

If what you are looking for is to bring your event to somewhere in Galicia or Asturias, a hint of Celtic music or simply the strength of the bagpipe’s sound, these are the ideal bands for that.

If it is a matter of weddings, we have repertoire for performing during the ceremony, for the end of the same, to liven up the cocktail or during the banquet. Since no two marriages are the same, the best thing would be to contact us so that we can adapt to the special characteristics of your wedding, adapting the repertoire, our way of dress and have moments in the performance to your taste.

BANDS

All our bands have a wide and varied repertoire, in different musical styles (over 30 tunes). Almost all of them can prepare any particular piece, in any musical style, at the contracting party’s request. It is also possible for almost all of them to appear in gala dress and the traditional Galician or Asturian instrument to play an exclusively traditional repertoire from either of these two regions. The leading bands that we offer are as follows:

SOLOIST PIPER

This is the simplest option. A single quality soloist piper with a highly varied repertoire. It is also possible to appear with dress, instrument and exclusively Galician or Asturian traditional repertoire.

SCOTTISH PIPER: If you wish to take a part of Scotland to your event, we have a soloist piper with the repertoire, instrument and traditional dress of this region.

BAGPIPES AND DRUM DUO

This is the traditional band par excellence that livens up all kinds of celebrations and events since time immemorial. As in the case of the soloist piper, we offer an option with varied Celtic music (traditional pieces, signature pieces, soundtracks … etc.) and another typical, exclusively Galician or Asturian option with dress, repertoire and traditional instruments from these regions.

BAGPIPE DUO

This is a band made up of two pipers. The characteristic of this band is the lack of any rhythm section, with extremely beautiful polyphonic effects. This is the band that we usually recommend for performances in large and closed spaces, such as inside a church.

TRIO

This is the fusion of the two bands mentioned above. It draws together bagpipes with the rhythm base on the drum. A simple, versatile band able to adapt to any context.

QUARTET

Two bagpipes, one drum and one bass drum. If you are looking for a perfect balance between the polyphony of bagpipes and rhythmic impact, this is the band for you.

QUINTET

This is a band that adds a deep-sounding bagpipe to the quartet formation, expanding the pitch, the harmonic richness and sonic possibilities.

SEXTET

Three bagpipes, drum, bass drum and tambourine. This is a large, robust band, with a great melodic, harmonious, rhythmic richness, full of colours and nuances.

SEPTET

A band with the sound level of a small sized bagpipe band: four bagpipes, drum, tambourine and bass drum. A band that gives the best of itself in large spaces or in street parades and performances in the open air.

OCTET

Three high-pitched bagpipes, two low-pitched bagpipes, drum, tambourine and bass drum. The sound level is similar to that of the septet but with the addition of a backing of bass notes from the bagpipes.

All the musicians in the bagpipe bands are professionals who have over 10 years of experience in the world of music, with extensive training in their respective instruments:


THE MUSICIANS

GERMÁN RUIZ: PIPER

He started to learn the bagpipes in the Casa de Galicia en Valladolid from Manuel Fernández. He was later given classes by pipers of the calibre of Abraham Fernández, Anxo Lorenzo, Alberto Coya, Diego Mariño, Marcos Campos, Daniel Bellón, Pepe Vahamonde, Xurxo Fernández, David Bellas and Paulo González, among others. He also learnt on reeds made by craftsmen Patricia Cela, Amado Cubero and Antón Corral.

In 2006 and 2007, he was awarded the third and second prize respectively, in the competition“Young talents of Castilla y León”. Held in Villa de Simancas.

In 2007, he became a bagpipe teacher and Director of the bagpipe band Nivaria at the Casa de Galicia in Valladolid.

Graduated in Musical Education by the University of Valladolid, he is currently finishing his Professional Degree in music at the conservatory of this city, specializing in the recorder.

He has been a part of numerous groups playing a wide range of styles: Traditional music, rock, jazz, baroque and renaissance music … he has taken part as a musician in official events of the Spanish royal household and has collaborated, on numerous occasions, playing live, with groups of the calibre of Carlos Núñez or Celtas Cortos, among others.

 

CARLOS AYUSO: GALICIAN AND ASTURIAN BAGPIPES

Teacher in musical education, holding a Degree in History and Music Sciences. He started to learn the bagpipes in 1998. In 1999, he joined the bagpipes band “Nivaria”, which he directed for some years. He has taken upgrading courses for the bagpipes with masters such as Carlos Lorenzo, José Taobada, Abraham Fernández or Diego González Mariño, as well as several courses in traditional singing, dancing and tambourine.

He is currently bagpipe teacher at the music school in Aranda de Duero and is part of the Celtic rock group “Triquel”.

 

 

RUBÉN CANTALAPIEDRA: GALICIAN BAGPIPES

He began to study the dulzaina (similar to bombarde) at the age of 9 under the master, Rafael Cubillo. He soon began to stand out for his musical skills and gave his first recitals and took part in his first street parades as a dulzaina player. In 2006, he took particular interest in the bagpipes, taking classes from numerous teachers, including Germán Ruiz and Carlos Ayuso.

He is currently a bagpipe and dulzaina teacher in the bagpipes band, “Nivaria” at the Casa de Galicia in Valladolid, and collaborates as a dulzaina player in several traditional dance groups in Castilla y León.

 

 

RAMIRO GONZÁLEZ: GALICIAN BAGPIPES, PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTS AND HURDY-GURDY

RAMIRO GONZÁLEZ: GAITA GALLEGA, PERCUSIONES Y ZANFONA

He began his musical career in 1994 as a lute player. Soon after, he began to take an interest in traditional instruments such as the Galician tambourine or the Irish bodrham. In 1997, he started to study the bagpipes with César Mayorga, and attended numerous courses with prestigious pipers such as José Taboada, Carlos Lorenzo, Xaquín Minguez or Abraham Fernández, among others. In 2001, he began studying the hurdy-gurdy under Germán Díaz. He also learnt this instrument with other masters such as Pascal Lefevre or Valentín Clastrier. Throughout his career, he has taken part in numerous musical groups, particularly “Divertimento Folk” or “La Bazanca”.

He currently draws together his skills as interpreter and teacher, director of choral groups and is a reed craftsman.

 

IVÁN APARICIO: GALICIAN AND ASTURIAN BAGPIPES

Piper and musicologist, specializing in both the Galician and the Asturian bagpipes. He began learning in the Asturian centre in Valladolid. After some years studying, he decided to become a full-time piper and set to learning the Galician bagpipes in the Casa de Galicia in Valladolid. Since 2007, he has taken part in several bands, always in the field of traditional music. Among these are “Rivendell Folk” or “Raigambre”.

Since 2015, he is Director of the bagpipe band in the Asturian centre in Valladolid, and as bagpipe teacher in the bagpipe band, “Nivaria”.

 

 

ÁLVARO GARCÍA: PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTS

ÁLVARO GARCÍA: PERCUSIONES

He took his first music classes at the age of 3, and later became enthusiastic for percussion instruments and began to learn drums under Paco Tejero, polishing up and improving his technique in numerous styles with Antolín Olea. Following several years of self-study, he began to take part in numerous bands with different styles, especially the Celtic-rock group, “Triquel”. His interest for traditional music is relatively recent.

Since 2013, he is professor of percussion in the bagpipe band “Nivaria” at the Casa de Galicia in Valladolid.

 

 

RUBÉN FERNÁNDEZ: PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTS

He began to take an interest in traditional music in 1999. He started to take classes in percussion technique under Pablo Arce, standing out for his elegant way of playing. Soon after, he joined the bagpipe band, “Nivaria”, forming the traditional quarter, “Abraira” later on.

His technique continued to grow under the great percussionists of the traditional field, such as Alberto Costas and Alexandre Fernández, among others.

 

 

ALBERTO MARTÍNEZ: PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTS

He began his career in 1990 in the world of dance, as a dancer in the group, “Anaquiños” and in the dance group, “Axouxere”. Shortly after, he took a deep interest in percussion, giving courses in tambourine in groups such as “Brincadeira”, “Colexiata o Sar” and “A.C.Iar”. He also took an interest as traditional percussion with masters such as Alberto Costas.

The musical groups in which he participates are the traditional quarter, “Abraira”, or the mythical folk group, “A Gramalleira”, of which he was the founder.

 

 


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