“Absència”, the first single from SOLK’s new album, is published on Friday

SOLK is a group from the Ebro area that with their first work were nominated for both the Ovidi and Enderrock Awards.

His proposal revolves around reclaiming his territory, recovering music and poetry but also historical memory.

Solk is a group from the lands of Ebro and Maestrat whose members live scattered between Reus, Tortosa and Vinaròs. From music they are dedicated to searching for territorial roots in various ways, both through old songs and recovering old instruments, but also through poetry and even looking for a more recent past through the recovery of historical memory .

Some of its members come from the ESMUC, the Liceu or the Taller de Musicis and have participated in projects by Miquel Gil, Carles Santos, Pep Gimeno “Botifarra” or Pepet i Marieta. With their first album “Herència” they were finalists in the 2017 Ovidi Awards for Valencian music as Group revelação and Best folk album and the following year they were finalists in the 2018 Enderrock Awards as best album and best folk song .

On Friday we will publish the first single and video of his second album which will be released after the summer. The song is called “Absència” and sets music to an eleventh-century poem by Abu Bakr el Tortosí, with a translation by Josep Piera (who this week received the Catalan Letters Award of Honor) taken from the book “Poemes de l’orient d’al-Àndalus“ (1983, Ed. 62).

The video has an impressive treatment. It is made by Diego Latorre, renowned comic book artist and film director, although it is a “guerrilla” video, as he describes it, recorded entirely with a mobile phone and edited on a tablet. The dancer from Benicarló Òscar Ávila and the association Ball de Dimonis de Vinaròs have also participated.

SOLK are:
Pau Puig: wind instruments, recognized especially in the world of dolçaina, born in Vinarós although he currently lives in Reus and is a teacher at the music schools of Reus and Tortosa.
Joan Cid: various strings, born in Roquetes, after going through the Taller de Músics and the Aula del Liceu is a music teacher.
Javier Sebastià Redó: voice, writer and many other things, born in Vinarós but raised in Barcelona.
Rafel Iniesta: bass and double bass, born in Tortosa, secondary school and double bass and orchestra teacher in local music schools.
Jordi Sanç: percussions, born in Vinarós, was a member of Pepet i Marieta, is a music teacher and collaborates in traditional research from several cultural associations in Vinarós.

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