the olatunji duo (txema fernandes and tomás gris) began playing together in 2000. their first recordings were improvisations for alto sax and drum. they have continued to play together when they can. this recording was made in asturias where txema lives with his family. as a duo they are interested in ritual and improvisation which provide the basis for a dialogue between the musicians and their environment.
on their first album for pan y rosas they use various percussion instruments; wind instruments; and the sound of their environment – friends and family, water, wind, bonfire, etc. all these elements combine to form a bridge between ritual and improvisation. objects. night. voice. wind. sparse. rattle. quietly passing through the gateless gate.
get the album here.