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XURXO FERNANDES

TRAINING:

The age of 14, Xurxo took his first steps in traditional dance and, eventually, had surrounded himself with countless hours of insightful recordings. This exhaustive collection of cassettes, VHS and DVDs consisted of traditional performers- mostly soloists- in dance, percussion and bagpipes.

At the meantime, he practiced dance and tambourine in various musical outfits such as Arco de Vella (Barreiros), Xacarandaina (A Coruña), as well as one of his creation, A Subela (Foz).

From 1996 to 1999, he took intensive courses in singing and tambourine organised by Cántigas e Frores and Lugo’s Provincial Government.

In 2003 he achieved the qualification in “Traditional culture in the 21st century” at the Universitat Politécnica de Valencia.

He also holds a postgraduate degree in “Specialization in Traditional Galician Music” of Faculty of History in Santiago de Compostela University (2004-2005). Its program includes: music anthropology, ethnomusicology, Galician communities’ music during the migratory period, context and social change of traditional music, analysis of the traditional oral repertory, instrumental formations of Galician history, iconographic musical collections, historic sound recordings, investigation methodology of traditional music and interpretation workshops.

Furthermore, he continued his education in a few Iberian percussion courses of the Folque Conservatory of Lalín, and studied vocal technique with several teachers, amongst them, the well-known Carmen Rey.

TEACHING EXPIRIENCE

He gave lessons in several associations such as:

-Abiñadoira Association of Sanxenxo
-A Subela’ Traditional Music School (Foz9
-Lembranzas Association of Ría de Vigo
-Cántigas e Frores of Lugo
-Xarabal Association of Beade (Vigo)
-Galician Center of Puerto La Cruz (Venezuela)
-Hermandad Gallega of Valencia (Venezuela)
-Brisas Association of Quenllo (Tordoia)
-Caballeros de Santiago, Salvador de Bahía (Brasil)
-Casa de España of Salvador de Bahía (Brasil)
-Spanish House (Río de Janeiro, Brasil)
-Aligustre Association (Ribadumia, Pontevedra)
-Os Valuros Association (Castro de Rei, Lugo)
-Raigañas Cultural Association (Cerqueda, Malpica de Bergantiños)
-Muziekpublique (Brussels, Belgium)
-Néboa Agrupation (Brussels, Belgium)
-Rosalía de Castro Agrupation (Cornellá, Barcelona)
-"A Ponte-Pasaxe" School (Fonteculler - Culleredo)
-Lar Galego (Rubí, Barcelona)
-Cántigas da Terra (A Coruña)
-Algaravía Association (Ourense)
-Escola de Danza Municipal A Fábrica (Oleiros)
-Folk Conservatory (Lalín)
-Xirandela Association (Madrid)
-Cultural Association A Leiteira (Arteixo)
-Malveiras (Vilagarcía de Arousa)
-Faragulla Association (Teixeiro)
-Lar Gallego (Pamplona/Iruñea)
-Centro Galego (Barakaldo
-Centro de estudios del Folclore Malagueño y las Artes Escénicas (Benagalbón, Málaga)
-Centro Galego de Bonn (Germany).

He also gave lectures on oral music in middle schools all around the country and took part as judge in traditional music contests organized by Traspés, Xiradela and Xacarandaina Associations. As experience in other fields: host for two seasons of “Recodillas” from the “Luar” Galician TV show, also searching for traditional musicians. He is as well a member of “Trebon” percussion and dance group.

COLLABORATIONS AS A SINGER:

-Sondtrack for the “A Fortaleza da Rocha Forte” documental.
- “Nova Era” CD of lalma.
-“Onde Nace o Vento” CD from Pepe Vaamonde Group.
-“Galiza” CD from Kepa Junkera.
-“Folixeiras” CD. “A Requinta da Ulla” CD. “Obradoiro de Rioboo” from Rafael Carracedo.
-CD for music subjects books, Editorial Anaya.

He manages the tambourine and singing groups “Os Fillos de Pepa a Loba”, “PAN.SEN.FRON.” and “Xacarandaina”. He also manages the dancing group “Cántigas da Terra”. He and Henrique Peón founded Radio Cos, achieving international recognition with their first album. FRoots Magazine recommended their job and they reached 20th in the World Music Charts Europe.