Bidaia's new album "Hitza" features original compositions by the band and lyrics written by well-known Basque poets Xabier Amuriza, Jon Maia and Daniel Landart.
The unique sound of BIDAIA finds its origin in its creators : Mixel Ducau, a Basque composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist and Caroline Phillips, a Californian singer-songwriter and hurdy-gurdy player of Greek, Persian, Scottish and Welsh origins.
Together, they have created music that is both Basque and universal, inspired by traditional melodies and dances yet enriched by world folklore.
Bidaia’s repertoire is mostly original compositions as well as some traditional Basque songs sung in Basque.
Traditional Basque instruments, like the alboka (a small hornpipe – played with circular breathing) and ttun-ttun (stringed-percussive inst.) are combined with instruments from other musical traditional such as acoustic guitar, the hurdy-gurdy & the bamboo clarinet.
In any country, in any language, through music, spirits unite. We hope that this album will be a bridge between people.
Bidaia performs in 2 different formations :
- as a group (4 musicians)
- as a duo (2 musicians)