International quartet Curawaka describe their unique sound as "sacred
world music". A respectful yet passionate way of connecting the new
with the ancient, the open mind and searching heart with the spiritual
and ritual. Sacred world music is here to facilitate a reawakening of
the soul and reopening of cosmic channels. The project is equal parts
spirituality and music, and with an undeniable dimension of environmentalist consciousness. The quartet leads the listener on a journey through the soundscape of the natural world and its native indigenous cultures, allowing the music to trigger something meaningful and profound in most of us.
Hailing from as far apart as Norway, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina,
Curawaka are - like their music - of the world. Geographical and
musical backgrounds and differences challenge and expand their distinctive
sound, allowing for contrasts and nuances. Musicians Tavo Vasquez, Alberto
Arroyo and Txai Fernando bring the groove, playfulness
and passion that comes with their latin folk rhythms and traditions,
weaving a vivid and playful tapestry for vocalist and songwriter Anna
Bariyani to elaborate on.
Bariyani has spent years living with, and learning from, indigenous
tribes all over the globe. She is inspired to tell stories inspired by native culture and sing in
several languages, including Hatcha Kuin, Yawanawa, Sami, Spanish,
Portuguese, English and her mother tongue, Norwegian, all the while
transcending the formal limitations of said languages. Her songs celebrate and echo the voices of the peoples of the natural world, their spirituality and sacred practices.
Their debut album Call of the Wild (Nixi Music 2018) is a tribute to
cultural heritage and folklore from many corners of the world, as well
as an accomplished amalgam of musicianship and spirituality. Curawaka
aim to connect and inspire the wilderness of the human heart, and through music help restore collective memory, reminding us that the natural world is the only real world. They call for a new dawn of humanity, one in which peoples of all creed and color unite to defend what is true, good and sacred.
Curawaka is the musical project of
Anna Bariyani - vocals, guitar, hand drum
Tavo Vasquez - charango, quena, sikuri
Alberto Arroyo - guitar, bass
Txai Fernando - guitar, percussion