In 1985, through a common friend (Angel Romero), Jesus Filardi
and David Aladro were introduced. In that meeting they discovered they
shared similar ideas and musical goals, thus decided to start a group.
Angel recruited David Aladro (keyboards) , Jesus invited Manolo Pancorbo
(Guitars) and David convinced Oscar Perez (Drums) to join in creating what
later would be known as Galadriel.
The groups started rehearsing and creating but felt another guitarist was
needed so Manolo Macia joined them. Under the name of The Magic
Of Fire and using theatrical resources, in 1986 they gave their first appearance.
Their sound was a rich blend of the dramatic complex melodic progressive
with symphonic tendencies and a strong folk influence. Because Jesus
was a fanatic of fantastic/epic stories, he was looking for a name that
captured the poetical mysterious atmosphere they wanted to create. When
he heard form another Spanish group called Galadriel, he immediately visualized
it as the ideal name for the group, so Jesus contacted the keyboardist
and obtained permission to use the name and..... Galadriel found its name.
In the end of 1986
they recorded a demo entitled: Escalinata and the group started to gain
popularity and maturity. By 1987 Oscar left the group and was replaced
by a brazilian drummer: Cidon Trindade that joined a week before the group
recorded "Summit" a cut that was to be included in a compilation
album of european progressive groups. The group felt they needed
an album to expand their music to a wider audience so they started recording
new songs. By 1988 Pablo leaves Galadriel and is replaced by Manola Macia
(Guitars and Bass) and Alfredo Garcia Demestres (ex Heimdal) joins
in to add diversity through violins and his expertise with keyboards and
guitars. Manolo left the group by late 88 and a new bassist joins
in Marco Dos Santos However, Manolo's influence and presence in the material
that constituted the first CD is tangible. After so many changes
and multiple recordings the group releases "Muttered promises from an ageless
pond" which included the track "Summit" that was never released.
The album received excellent reviews and their music was considered
inspirational with clean and beautiful instrumental techniques and the
group gain international recognition.
For their second album,the group included: Jesus Filardi : Vocals and keyboards,
Manolo Pancorbo: Guitars and keyboards, Cidon Trindade; Drums and percussion,
Marco Do Santos: Bass, and Alfredo G Demestres: Violin and keyboards. By
the time "Mindscapers" was recorded, the group was composed by Jesus Filardi
: Vocals and keyboards, Jose Bautista : Warr Guitar, keyboards and backing
vocals, Alex Román : Keyboards and backing vocals, Renato di Prinzio
: Acoustic & electronic drums and Nacho Serrano : Guitars.
though the group has been compared to Yes or Rush, they have created a
unique sound and style that remains up to date.
from an Ageless Pond.
Chasing The Dragonfly
based progressive music. They sing in English (with accent) but the titles
are in Spanish. The sound quality suggests
is an independent
recording (as most in Mexico).
Nice instrumental group with a great combination of synthesizers, saxophone
and guitars in a very jazzy style with strong Spanish influence.
14. De Abril
Symphonic band with lots of flutes, keyboards/pianos and a strong Spanish
sound with great improvisations. Sometimes considered the Spanish Camel
because of their melodic instrumental pieces.
Founded by Carlos Carcamo: Keyboards, violin, flutes and voice, Michael
Vorter Flich: Guitars, Antonio Garcia Oteyza: Bass and Juan Bono: Drums,
percussions and voice in the 80's.
They have three albums: Hablo de Una Tierra, considered the best is a beautiful
example of symphonic rock and considered a collectors item.
The two other albums
have new musicians with only Carlos Carcamo (being of the original group)
and Carlos Basso: Guitars, Julio Blasco: Bass, Antonio Rodriguez,
drums and percussions, Joaquin Blanco: Bagpipe. "Espana Ano '75 and
Valle Del Pas remain within the venue of symphonic rock. The use of bagpipes
and other Spanish folk instruments give the distinctive sound to the band.
The moog and mellotron sounds predominate being balanced by the guitars
and a strong support form the bass and drums. Occasionally it resembles
Hablo de Una Tierra
(I Speak of a Land)
Espana Ano '75 (Spain
Valle Del Pas
Magnificent Cuban group formed by Miguel Porcel: Vocals, guitars and composer,
Jose Maria Vitier: Keyboards and composer, Carlos Alfonso: Composer, Ele
Valdez: Keyboards and vocals, Silvia Acea: Vocals and organ, Eliseo Pino:
Acoustic guitars and vocals, Fernando Calveiro: Electric guitars, Francisco
Padilla: Drums and Enrique Lafuente: Bass.
They depart from the common venue of " Salsa and Nueva Trova" and create
a unique style beautifully mastered in the best of Italian/German progressive
groups. Their album "En busca de una nueva flor" was released just after
3 months of birth and they incorporate classical patterns to distinctive
cuban sounds and masterful utilization of keyboards and voices to
create symphonic poetry. A must in any collection.
En Busca de una Nueva
Flor (In search of a new flower)
More in the jazz-fusion style with free flowing keyboards and nice melodic
Camino del Concierto
Despues del Silencio
(After the silence)
Excellent neo progressive symphonic band with Spanish influence
and great vocals (male and female) and nice lyrics.
Numb Eyes: The Soul
Excellent Spanish group from the late 70's that combines Spanish
folk music with progressive rock , nice vocals and beautiful acoustic guitars.
Cuevas De Altamira
Formed by Joaquin Sunyer (Max Suñé): Guitars, Josep Mas (Kitflus):
Keyboards and Pianos, Jordi Calemer: Drums, Prim Sancho: Bass. Acknowledged
as the best Spanish progressive group of the 70's. Their style is definitely
jazzier but with continuous conversations between the guitars and keyboards
in a mixture of fusion
and symphonic sounds, masterful drumming and skillful bass lines.
The only album with vocals was the first one, but as with most groups they
were a minus.
Arc En Ciel
The best of the best Mexican progressive group and the best known abroad.
Probably the only group in Mexico that has survived the harsh musical
scene where other groups have just disappeared or gave up for the money.
Founded in 1980 with Ricardo Moreno: Guitars, Ricardo Ortegon: Guitars,
Rosa Flora Moreno: Keyboards, Victor Baldovinos: Drums and Nohemi
Initially a concert
group, they created their own studio and released their first album in
1983: The self titled Iconoclasta, a rich blend of classical music, jazz
and electronic/progressive music.
Their second album: Reminiscencias brought international attention to the
group and their third Suite Mexicana was a conceptual album based upon
mexican classical music composers blended with prehispanic sounds; the
result a nice progressive sound released in 1987 for the Mexican Independence
celebration. By this time Rosa and Nohemi left the group with a compilation
album released as a farewell.
With their departure a search for replacements started. Since
Ricardo was also playing in another super group: Praxis (that
broke up at the same time in 1988), he invited Praxis guitarist:
Hector Hernandez to join Iconoclasta; Alfredo Rigosa took over the bass
and Ricardo switch to take command of the keyboards. With the new members
new format they released "Adolescencia croncia" started a european
tour where they won the international progressive contest "Exposure". The
next album "En busca del sentido" earned the best album award and
multiple awards followed: First place in the best international act, best
group, Ricardo was nominated best international composer, Victor
as best drummer and Alfredo as best bassist.
Alfredo leaves the group in 1990, Juan Carlos Gutierrez took his place
and Iconoclasta prepared for a concert in the most prestigious theater
in Mexico City which was televised and recorded and released as "En
Concierto". Once again a new changes occur when Juan leaves the group
and Nohemi returns for the Anniversary concert in Tlatelolco while they
continue to prepare their next album. In 1991 once again Hector leaves
and the group remains as a quartet releasing "La reencarnacion de Maquiavelo"
a concept album which shows Iconoclasta at its best.
The group releases what is their latest album in 1994: " De Todos Uno"
showing a mature group that in spite of commercial pressures remains at
the forefront of progressive music.
On June 4, 1999 they
open for Gong during their presentation in Mexico and currently are working
on their new CD "La Granja Humana" (The Human Farm)
Suite Mexicana (Mexican
Siete Anos (7 years,
En Busca Del Sentido
(In search of meaning)
En Concierto (Live)
La Reencarnacion De
Maquiavelo (Machiavelo's reincarnation)
De Todos Uno (From
Late 70's Spanish band formed by Kiko Guerrero: Drums and percussion, Urbano
Moraes: Bass, percussion and backing vocals, Manuel Rodriguez: Guitars
and vocals and Marcos Mantero: Keyboards.
Their style is a mixture of jazz fusion, latin/folk and morocco influence
with smooth keyboards,
solid rhythm section alternating harmonically with solo electric
guitars. The bass is played beautifully and functions as a lead melody
instrument, even while keeping rhythm creating tasteful melodies while
the guitar and keyboards solo.
Camino Del Aguila
Formed by Luis Alberto
Spinetta (Almendra, Pescado Rabioso, Spinetta Jade, Solista) in guitars
and vocals; Carlos Rufino (Machi) Bass and backing vocals, Hector Lorenzo
(Pomo) in drumms. One of the best argentinian groups. Their sound is progressive,
full of poetry created by the genious lyricism of Luis Alberto Spinetta.
The groups passed by three eras: the first onewith more of a rough sound
inherited from Spinettas's first group (Pescado Rabioso) with more of a
hard rock style. During the second period the lyrics predominate, as a
result creating a more conceptual work inspired in Carl Jung and Richard
Wilhem's: El Secreto de La Flor de Oro (The secret of the golden flower).
Their third and current stage is full of urban sounds in which they have
added the use of other instruments such as thebandoneon.
El Jardín de
los Presentes (1976
Superb Spanish group with jazz, progressive and folk influences with nice
Vasque lyrics from the late 70's. Beautiful arrangements and interactions
of wind instruments with keyboards and guitars.
in Uruapan, Michoacan, Mexico, began his musical studies at the National
School of Music in Mexico and then continued in Germany where he studied
jazz improvisation with Herb Heller. His musical studies took
him through India and the middle eastern where he learned their traditional
instruments and percussions and had a strong influence in his career.
Ex member of Chac Mool and influenced by Antonio Zepeda, his style
is characterized by sounds from prehispanic/prehistoric instruments combined
with modern digital sampling techniques. His live concerts are a beautiful
and enigmatic mixture of lights and sound. The influence of Zepeda's music
and the many styles he captured during his travels around the world allowed
him to create a unique and distinctive sound by the introduction
of a new form of percussive instrument: The use of his own body.
He has given multiple concerts in different archeological areas such as
Teotihuacan, Templo Mayor and Chichen Itza . His concerts at the
"Espacio Escultorico with dancer and choreographer Regina Quintero
are famous and a tradition in Mexico particularly for the celebration of
the Summer solstice.
In 1991, he
organized the "Encuentro International de Musicas Visuales" (International
Encounter of Visual Music) in collaboration with the National Autonomus
University of Mexico (UNAM) with participation of musicians from Venezuela,
Germany, Spain, United States and Mexico. This festival is now an annual
Jorge has participated in multiple festivals in Spain, Germany,
Yugoslavia, US and Venezuela such as the Klang Art Festival in Germany
and the Festival de Musica Electronica (Electronic Music Festival) in Venezuela.
His first two albums
definitely in the realm of space/progressive music with prehispanic instruments.
Supported by Edward Medina: Percussions, Arturo Meza: Guitars, prehispanic
instruments and mayan lyrics in his first solo album: Ek-tunkul.
The second one a collaborative effort with Antonio Zepeda:
" A la izquierda del
colibri" has some nahuatl lyrics taken from one of the great Aztec kings:
Netzahualcoyotl. It is a beautiful album with a well-balanced combination
of synthesizers and prehispanic instruments; however the vocals are a minus.
The rest of his albums are ethnic/prehispanic music with themes related
to spiritual/sacred thought of ancient cultures and astrological/cosmic
unity of men and the universe.
A la Izquierda del
Colibri (obtained an honorific mention by the Science Academy of the USSR
for its contribution to the Latin American Musical genre)
the best work in electro-acoustic music)
Viento de Navajas
Cronica de Castas
Bajo el Sol Jaguar
(Collaborative effort with the Spanish guitar player Suso Saiz)
Dioses Olvidados (with Suso Saiz and the american musician Steve
El Costumbre (Huichol
music with was Steve Roach, Juan Carlos Lopez and Elmar Schulte)
Jose Luis Fernandez
Ledezma Q (Mexico):
Ex keyboard player
for Nirgal Vallis shows his masterful musical skills and multi-instrument
skills in his solo career. His sound is definitely progressive but an intelligent
use of keyboards and harmonics mixed with ethnic sounds (that do not dominate
the sound). His music resembles Mike Oldfield or Vangelis sometimes,
however his sound is unique and personal. He is joined by a host of great
musicians such as Alquimia, Alejandro Schmidt, Julio Sandoval, German Bringas
y Francisco Delhahay amongst others.
Motivos para perderse
(motifs to go astray)
Lenguas muertas (Dead
The group was formed in march 1997 with
Jesus Lomeli (Bass and acoustic guitars), Fernando Barajas (keyboards),
Carlos Ruiz (Electric guitar) and Leonardo Patigno (Drums). The name of
the group has celtic roots and means Crown of Stones (which is the name
used for monuments such as Stonehenge). Their first concert was in August
97 at the 2nd Rock Forum in Teocelo, Veracruz, Mexico. They have had appearances
in several Cultural houses, the records store chain Tower Records and Museums
in Mexico City. They were the opening group for Celcilia Toussaint's concert
in January 1998. Their music is a mixture of symphonic prog, Italian prog
and some Dark and Goth, for wich they have been known as the Gothic Progressive
Instrumental folk-prog group with masterful utilization and blending
of keyboards, bagpipes, violin and mandolin in the best of Spanish
Fiesta Campestre (Rockmeria)
Danza de Entrenzado
No Todo Es Seda (Not
all is silk)
La Banda Del Lago
trio, with guitar, synthesizers, flutes and mandolin. They create a very
romantic and free flowing music.
Cuestion De Tiempo
(A Matter of Time)
La Maquina De Hacer
supergroup that appeared in the mid 70's with mostly instrumental themes
dominated by keyboards and sinthesizer with frequent changes in rhythms
and rich melodic style. Formed by Charly García (Sui Generis, Seru
Giran) on keyboards and vocals; Gustavo
Bazterrica on guitars
and backing vocals; Carlos Cutaia (Pescado Rabioso) on synthesizers; Oscar
Moro (Los Gatos, Seru Giran) drums and José Luis Fernandez
de Hacer Pájaros (1976)
La Tribu (Mexico):
Another group influenced by Antonio Zepeda that has generated the
most beautiful examples of prehispanic music, reviving the myths and traditions
of the Prehispanic Mexico. Their musical quality took them to the creation
of the music for the lights and sound show for Chichen Itza (Yucatan, Mexico).
La Tribu is Alejandro and David Mendez, Agustin Pimentel, Gilberto Chavez,
Ramiro Ramirez y collaborations from Alejandro Gonzalez.
Something unique to
La Tribu is their interest in educating the listener since they include
descriptions of the Prehispanic Mexico, the mayan religious thoughts and
the characteristics of the prehispanic instruments.
Los Brujos del Agua
(The water's witch doctors)
Masterful and incredibly beautiful work based on Vivaldi's "The Four seasons"
Los Canarios created
an outstanding interpretation of a classical piece (much more refined
than Emerson, Lake and Palmer's) . Their album is considered "The
best rock adaptation of classical music " and it is a mixture of
multiple keyboards (mellotrons, synths, acoustic and electric pianos) and
(choral and opera style) .
Los Jaivas (Chile):
Influenced by the musical movement of the 60's, Los Jaivas created an original
mixture of Folk/rock combining electric and acoustic chilean instruments.
Affected by the political changes of their country, they moved to
Argentina and then France where they were influenced by a, broader and
richer musical environment. As a result of these changes they developed
masterful symphonic pieces with a unique and distinctive sound.
Todos Juntos (All
La Ventana (The window)
La Cancion Del Sur
Alturas De Macchu
Picchu (Macchu picchu's heights)
Aconcagua (retrospective Aconcagua)
Los Jaivas En Argentina
(Los Jaivos in Argentina)
Odas A Violeta Parra
(Ode to Violeta Parra)
Luis Llach (Spain):
Master prolific multi-instrumentist with a mixture of folk,
progressive and new age that creates a very interesting sound.
Luis Llach a l'Olympia
I si canto trist
Viatge a Itaca
Les seves primeres
Campanadas a mort
Elmeu amic el mar
I amb el somriure, la revolta
Luis Perez (Mexico):
Influenced by Zepeda and Reyes, uses the typical combination of synth and
prehispanic instruments (mainly percussive)
En El Ombligo De La
Luna (In the navel of the Moon).