TADUSAKMusic of the old Basque sailors
Bide luzea TernuaratFirst album (Pyrene & Agorila 2014)
At all times the Basques traded, so that Canadians didn't deal with French people in other language than that of the Basques...
Pierre de Lancre (1613)
Basques, people who sing and dance at the foot of the Pyrenees.
The true mystery of the Basque language is not its origin but its survival.
Tadoussac, magical place where the tributary joins the river. Meeting point for Native Americans and Basques, birds and humans, souls and bodies, heaven and earth.
I almost touched the ecstasy on the blue St. Lawrence, where the river is proud to become sea. Dancing with the whales and gulls in Tadoussac is one of my most delicious memories.
Place rich of history, meeting place and, during his too short summer, happy land where music comes out of the woods so that the inhabitants of the beach can dance the waltz. I'll come back as many times as possible, to make my prayer songs and hear the whales singing.
(Cajun singer, composer and poet)
The members of TADUSAK have a wide experience in traditional music. They participate or have participated in well-known projects such as Ganbara, Alboka, Xarnege, Mikel Errazkin, HF, Lantz or Euritan Blai.
- Josean Martin Zarko: Acoustic guitars and bouzouki
- Miren Fernández Frantsezena: Voice and piano
- Xabi López: Acoustic and electric guitar
- Andoni Ezeiza: Bass, hurdy gurdy, string-drum, three-holed flute and basque pipes
- Juan Ezeiza: Violin, string-drum, three-holed flute and basque pipes
- Antxon Sarasua: Percusions, accordion and piano
Bide luzea ternuarat (Long Journey to Newfoundland) is an outstanding collection of traditional songs, performed by Tadusak, a six-member band composed of veterans of the Basque folk scene. Led by the lovely voice and piano of Miren Fernández, the group’s only woman, and the violin and string-drum of Juan Ezeiza, the band tells tales of arduous passages, many of which end tragically. (...)Like the mariners of yore, Tadusak’s music should travel far. (World Listening Post)
This work presents music from the Basque sea tradition: songs about homesickness, love, shipwreck, coplas and romances. Songs that taste of the sea and tradition, contemporary and daring arrangements, but respecting the most moving Basque folk sound. One of the 25 jewels arrived at our editorial department in 2014. (Diariofolk)
Very often the general public doesn't know about Basque sailors' artistic and cultural contribution. "For that reason Tadusak's main issue is to research and arrange those old tunes and bring them to the contemporary audience. They are, therefore, based upon the assorted ol repertoire, Basque traditional instruments rich in timbres (three holed-flutes, Basque hornpipes, string drums, hurdy gurdy...), modern instruments (fiddle, guitars, bass, keyboards, bouzouki...) and voices, always in Basque", mentioned Miren Fernández, the singer of the band who was born in Zarautz an lives in Durango. Tadusak takes its name from the Canadian village with Basque origin in the mouth o St Lawrence river. (Diario Vasco)
(...)Such an epopee had to inspire a breeding ground of diverse vocal and instrumental creations. The members of Tadusak band Josean Martin Zarko, Miren Fernández Frantzesena, Xabi López, Andoni Ezeiza and Juan Ezeiza, have researched all that to plunge us today into the heart of Basque sea tradition, inviting us to take part in the risky adventure that was the long journey to Newfoundland, drawing us into the many emotional themes common to so many sea cultures: nostalgia, love, shipwrecks... Songs and romances, sea and traditional songs... Zaloma - a work song from the 16th century, an anonymous song from the 17th century's Laboudin repertoire... chronicles that talk about the engagement with origins, solidarity, reencounter, sharing, but also about the harsh social conditions. (Alain Bormann - Trad Magazine)