Anna Bariyani - Vocals / Guitar / Hand drum / Waira / Backing vocals Alberto Arroyo - Guitar / Bass / Water drum
Tavo Vazquez - Charango / Quena / Quenacho / Sikuri
Txai Fernando - Udu / Kalimba / Percussion
Christian Stella - Bombo legüero / Rattles / Bells and chimes
International quintet 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. The quintet leads us on a journey through the soundscape of the natural world and its native indigenous cultures, invoking a deep memory of something meaningful and profound in most of us.
Curawaka has spent years living with, and learning from, indigenous tribes all over the globe. Vocalist Anna Bariyani sings in seven languages, including Hatcha Kuin, Yawanawa, Sami, Spanish, Portuguese, English and her mother tongue, Norwegian. Her songs celebrate and echo the voices of the peoples of the natural world, their spirituality and sacred practices.
Hailing from as far apart as Norway, Mexico, Argentina, Peru and Brazil, 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, Cesar Alcedo 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 Bariyani to vocally embellish with her clear, strong and luminous voice.
Their debut album Call of the Wild (Nixi Music 2018) is a tribute to cultural heritage and folklore of peoples or the natural world, as well as an accomplished amalgam of musicianship and spirituality. Curawaka aim to connect and inspire the wilderness of the human heart, calling for humanity to wake up and unite to defend what is true, good and sacred.