Ruma is one of the two original
members of the band along with Ígor Medio. They two started playing
together in the late 80's and formed Felpeyu in 1991, while their
'exile' for their studies of Fine Arts at the University of Salamanca,
together with bros. Cástor and Félix Castro, from Ourense (Galicia).
Though Ruma was the band's first piper on the early years (taught
by piper Manolo Quirós) he currently concentrates in bodhran and
percussions, since his solid playing is essential for the band's
strong backings. He is also the one who introduces our sets and
songs on our live performances. Ruma comes from Somió (conceyu
Xixón) and lives in Xixón.
Xuan is our box accordion
player. Though he started out as a piper at a young age (he was
taught by piper Xuacu Amieva, and played pipes with the asturian
band Llan de Cubel in their beginnings), he choosed the box accordion
as his main instrument, becoming the accordionist who kept alive
the techniques of the asturian box accordion by teaching all a young
generation of accordion players. He also had been working on ethnographic
researching groups (such as Andecha Folklor), and provided us with
several tunes that currently form part of our repertoire. He had
played box accordion with the asturian band Boides before joining
Felpeyu in 1994. Xuan comes from Villamiana (conceyu Uvieo), and
currently lives in Uvieo.
Elías is also known
for being an original member and bouzouki player of the superb
asturian band Llan de Cubel. He started out as a fiddle player
in the early 90's, becoming one of the fiddlers who recovered
the asturian techniques for the instrument; he guested on our
first CD "FELPEYU" playing fiddle on a couple of songs, and he
finally joined the band right after the recording in 1994. Elías
is very busy lately playing with Llan de Cubel -Fernando and Lisardo
are doing most of the 'fiddling' live-, but he joins us everytime
he can on fiddle, bouzouki and background vocals. Born in Uvieo,
he currently lives in Meres (conceyu Siero).
Along with Ruma, one of the two longest members of Felpeyu. Ígor
has an heterogeneous background; he grew up into an atmosphere of
choral and Asturian singing -which both his parents and family developed-
and was into classical music studies and blues/rock experiences
before being introduced to folk music, developing a personal and
eclectic way of arranging and performing asturian traditional music.
He played guitar and mandolin in the band, choosing the bouzouki
as his main instrument afterwards; he currently plays bouzoukis,
guitar -only on studio-, bass pedals, and sings lead and harmony
vocals. Ígor was born in Xixón (Conceyu Xixón), where he also lives.
Fernando, our only
'foreign' member (he was born in Valladolid, Castilla-León), plays
fiddle and background vocals. He started out under a classical
education, but soon he choosed the roots of the folk music becoming
a versatile fiddle player due to his experiences playing different
folk musics with several formations. He had played with the castilian
group La Bazanca before joining us in 1997; he keeps on playing
castilian music -we recently included a set of great castilian
tunes he taught to us in our repertoire-, though he concentrates
on the asturian repertoire since he plays with us. Fernando moved
to Xixón a few years ago, where he is currently based.
Diego, by far the youngest
member amongst us, is also our most recent musician joining the
band in late 2001. He grew up into an atmosphere of traditional
and folk music, starting out with Asturian bagpipes under the teaching
of his father, Pedro Pangua. He took part on prestigious bagpipe
competitions, winning the Remis Ovalle Award (twice), the Ciudá
d'Uviéu Competition or the Macallan in Breizh, and he is currently
researching the use of foreign bagpipes ornaments on the Asturian
bagpipes. He was also a member of the Fonte Fuécara Bagpipe Band,
and lately he is collaborating with the Ethnographic Collective
Muyeres. Other than bagpipes, he is also our wooden flute player
(he is self-taught, though he was also taught by Marcos Llope of
Llan de Cubel later on). Diego is based in Posada de Llanera (conceyu
Lisardo is a pixuetu,
from El Pitu (Conceyu Cuideiru), joining Felpeyu last 1999. He
started out playing asturian bagpipes -as lots of asturian musicians
do- until he got interested in fiddle thanks to the playing of
another pixuetu fiddle player, Guzmán Marqués,
from Cuideiru; after a few years improving his technique in Asturies
and abroad and researching on the application of asturian bagpipe
ornaments on the fiddle, Lisardo is currently the main fiddle
teacher in Central and Oriental Asturies. He plays fiddle and
background vocals. He currently lives in El Pitu.
Carlos is the member of the band with the major and more variated
professional experience. He has been working intensively in rock
music as a musician, teacher, producer and sound engineer, though
he is mainly known in Asturies as singer and bass player of the
legendary asturian pop-rock band Los Locos. He got introduced to
folk music in the early 90's by producing some asturian bands; Felpeyu
was one of them, and he joined the band right after producing our
first recording "FELPEYU" in 1994. He plays guitar and electric
bass, and sings lead and harmony vocals. Carlos was born in Xixón,
where he is also based.
a few people whose work is essential for the band in one way or another.
They also form part of the band, even if you cannot see them standing
on the stage. This is their little corner.
Salva has been working
with us for several years as our sound engineer, both live and on
studio. We got to meet him through Carlos, since they both were
teaching at the Xixón Modern Music School (Salva is an excellent
keyboard and bass player, with both classical and modern training).
Over the last year he is focused on his work on sound engineering
and audio/video post-production for Sinergia Digital studios in
Madrid, though he is always keen to join us anywhere to work on
the sound engineering -and many times, adding some Hammond organ
here and there-. The pic shows him working on an improvised mobile
unit we prepared for the recording of our live cd, Live Overseas.
Salva also comes from Xixón, though he is currently based
Besides playing a very important role on the research and use
of the Asturian language, this gentleman is also an excellent writer
and responsible of some of our lyrics. He wrote Tierra, the
song that gives name to our second studio album, and he always gives
us a hand when facing the text of any song we work with. His vast
knowledge of the Asturian language and its dialectology allow us
to be precise to a point that always amazes us; Fernando
submits lexic richness, rigour in the use of words, and the confidence
to do things the way they must be done in what refers to our language.
Working with him is always a guarantee and a pleasure. He comes
from Avilés (conceyu Avilés).
Boni has been into the
work of writing lyrics for a long time. He started out writing for
the rock band Los Locos over the 80's (it was then when Carlos and
Boni started working together), with whom he developed some legendary
songs, and lately he is more focused on writing for folk music.
As for Felpeyu, Boni is 'specialized' in addapting traditional texts
and words, composing new parts that get them closer to the feelings
of the contemporary Asturian population; he also has the ability
to add a fresh touch, very claiming yet elegant, that we enjoy a
lot. He wrote a beautiful song for our second album, El Besu,
and keeps working with us with two new songs for Yá!,
Nun quiero coyer la flor and Faltosa, great lyrics
addapted from two traditional texts. Apart of his writing, Boni
works regularly as a teacher. He is based in Xixón.
Como ye normal en toles formaciones, el movimientu de xente ye constante.
Dellos músicos y collacios pasaron per Felpeyu, dalgunos cuantayá,
otros hai menos tiempu, pero toos y ca ún d'ellos ficieron la
so aportación al soníu de la banda. Ésti apartáu
pertenez a la xente cola que tuvimos la suerte de trabayar a lo llargo
de los caberos doce años.
CÁSTOR Y FÉLIX CASTRO
Los ximis Cástor
(cola gaita galega) y Félix
(col whistle) Castro, d'Ourense, son los otros dos miembros fundadores
de Felpeyu xunto con Ruma y Ígor, xuntándose con ellos
n'ochobre de 1991 cuando estudiaben Derecho na Universidá
de Salamanca. De mano, la idega yera namás qu'armar folixa
pelos chigres de la ciudá y arreventar tunes, pero bien ceo
entamaron a facer arranchos propios y anantes de fin d'añu
acabó ñaciendo Felpeyu. Mientres tuvimos xuntos nesta
primera etapa, hasta Avientu de 1993, el grupu desarrolló
un repertoriu de música asturiana y galega al 50% -siendo
hasta la fecha la primer y única formación en facelo-
y, amás de dos inclasificables maquetes, grabamos un par
de temes nun discu compartíu con otros grupos galegos. Anguaño,
los ximis tan ente los músicos más capaces
y versátiles de Galicia, y son probablemente los que más
y meyor tan trabayando pa sacar a la lluz repertorio inéditu
del estensu cancioneru gallegu. Siguimos en contactu permanente
con ellos, que tamién collaboren con nós en grabaciones
y actuaciones de Felpeyu siempre que surxe la oportunidá.
Amás de la so carrera musical, los dos exercen d'abogaos
y tan establecíos n'Ourense (Galicia).
Xel foi el nuestru
primer refuerzu, entrando xusto dempués de grabar la nuestra
maqueta, Fuxide, Oricios!, allá pel añu 1993.
Ígor y él yá yeren collacios dende chavales
(estudiaben música y guitarra xuntos na mesma academia, en
Xixón), asina que nun tardó muncho n'enguedeyase cola
música de Felpeyu y al poco yá taba dándo-y
a la guitarra acústica con nós. Xel foi perimportante
pa sentar les bases del soníu de Felpeyu; a través
d'Elías García trixo al grupo la afinación
abierta pa la guitarra acústica (DADGAD), trabayando xunto
con Ígor y Ruma les bases rítmiques que mos caractericen,
y el so sen armónicu y dinámicu tovía se siente
na nuestra música. Les sos guitarres pueden oyise nel nuestru
primer cd. Anguaño, Xel ye probablemente'l guitarrista de
folk más importante d'Asturies, y lleva dellos años
faciendo una ablucante llabor con Llan de Cubel. Ñació
y vive en Xixón.
Isidro foi ún
de los primeros músicos colos que Ruma y Ígor entamaron
a tocar música asturiana, allá pelos caberos 80. Anque
siempre foi gaiteru, entamó cola flauta de madera xusto anantes
de xuntase a nós en 1994. Más allá de la técnica,
Isidro ye definitivamente un flauteru con toque; aportonos
delles pieces bien guapes, y una sensibilidá especial a la
hora d'entender les melodíes de la tradición asturiana
que mos educó enforma la oreya. Siguimos armándola
con él delles veces, y no qu'a la música folk se refier,
siempre ye importante pa nós tener el so criteriu en cuenta.
Anguaño toca la flauta col grupo Niundes, de Llanes, anque
sigue viviendo en Xixón.
Toño ye otru de los collacios que conocemos dende qu'entamamos
a tocar música asturiana. Allá per 1995 facíamos
sesiones con elli un día sí y otru tamién,
asina que pensamos que lo más lóxico yera que se xuntara
dafechu al grupu. D'esta mena tan célebre estrenó
Felpeyu la formación de dos vigulinos, na que'l toque enérxicu
de Toño complementábase perbién col arcu fluídu
y la precisión d'Elías. Música aparte, siempre
ye un placer trabayar con persones tan grandes como esti mozu. Toño
ye un gallu de la inxeniería -la so profesión-, que
lu mantien siempre perocupáu, y ye, como la mayoría
de nós, más playu que la Lloca'l Rinconín
(vamos, que vive en Xixón).