* "Els nostres petits amics" (recorded in a home studio using solar powered equipment) * "Canciones de los mundos perdidos" (1995, Lyricon) * "Gibra'ara" (1998, Beringia) * "Tierra de especias" (2000, recorded using only solar energy) * "Mujer Luna" (2002) * "Quentadharken" (2004, Tecnosaga)
Robert Santamaria - - keyboards; acoustic bass, acoustic guitar, & Turkish Saz; - marimba; percussion; autoharp; (+ accordion - on 9) Victor Estrada - electric bass & Spanish guitar Carlos Gallego - electric guitar; vocals Manel Mayol - flute; didgeridoo; backing vocals Robert Abella - violin Jose Walero - tabla Pau Zanartu - drums Marta Segura - lead & backing vocals Miguel Ortin - tenor saxophone & clarinet Mireia Sisquella - soprano saxophone
AMAROK's style is quite different from the current Spanish Progressive
rock movement, thanks to their tone. Led by multi-instrumentalist Robert
SANTAMARIA, this mainly acoustic band uses a variety of instruments,
like the guitar, oboe, violin, piano, didgeridoo, tabla, saxophone,
organ, drums and percussions. Mireia SISQUELLA's clear voice creates
sound-scapes characterised by their simplicity and calm, and this makes
her the counterpart of Portuguese singer Teresa SALGUEIRO (MADREDEUS).
Some keyboards rhythm sequences are the basis for the superb melodies
pictured by the vocals, in a peaceful atmosphere between ENYA's acoustic
new-age, L'ENSEMBLE RAYE's minimalist chamber rock and IN THE
LABYRINTH's ethnic musics (Apart from the Indian references). "Mujer
Luna" is the fifth album issued by AMAROK after "Els Nostres Petits
Amics" (1994), "Canciones De Los Mundos Perdidos" (1995), "Gibra'ara"
(1998) and "Tierra De Especias" (2001). It has to be mentioned that the
lyrics, sung in Spanish, as well as their English translation, are all
printed in the booklet. The 2004 album, called "Quentadharken", polishes
the formula, getting even closer to perfection. What could be nicer
than following the music in its travels without leaving his chair ?...
"Retrospectiva" gathers the best tracks ever recorded by AMAROK on a CD,
the summary of twelve years of recording career with sixteen songs and
nearly 80 minutes of music. Let's also note some alternative versions,
such as the live version of "Donde Estas Mi Amor - Conclusion",
performed in 2005 at the portuguese Gouveia Art Rock Festival.