Xabier Diaz


Xabier Diaz by Juan Luís Rúa Prieto
  • event type:WOMEX 16 Special Focus: Atlantic Connections
  • date:21 Oct 2016
  • time:00:00 - 00:45
  • city/area:Santiago de Compostela, Galicia
  • venue:Atlantic Connections Stage, Teatro Principal
  • country:Spain
  • event posted by:Piranha Arts


Musician, composer, folklore researcher, singer and expert exponent of the Pandeireta Galega (Galician tambourine), Xabier Diaz is a well-known figure on the Galician music scene. He was lead singer with award-winning folk revivalists Berrogüetto and has collaborated with many other leading artists.

His latest project allies his tambourine with the adufe – a square frame-drum of Moorish origin used in Portugal. Indeed, not one but eleven adufes, wielded by the eleven women percussionists and singers of the Adufeiras de Salitre ensemble, augmented by Gutier Alvarez on hurdy-gurdy and Javier Alvarez on accordion.

Over two years of work went into the album of the project, Mr Tambourine Man, in which time-honoured popular songs from the villages are given a joyous reinterpretation through Diaz’s gently soulful singing and the powerfully engaging ensemble performances of the Adufeiras.

Xabier Diaz - drums, pipes, vocals
Lidia Sanmartín Novo - adufe, pandeira,
pandeireta, cunchas
Noemi Basanta Llanes - percussion, vocals
Patricia Gamallo - adufe, vocals
Mariña García Romero - percussion, vocals
Gutier Alvarez - violin, hurdy-gurdy
Montserrat García Santamarina Roade - percussion, vocals
Javier Álvarez Vázquez - accordion
Iria Penabad Teijeira - vocals
Carolina Vázquez Castro - percussion, vocals
Gisela Sanmartín - pandeiro, pandeireta, pandeir
Maria Teresa López Blanco - tambourine, vocals
Beatriz Mariño Rey - tambourine, vocals
Cristina Pico López - tambourine, vocals