Budiño (gaita, frauta) is an atypical artist – a fascinating musician and composer with his own Sotaque (accent), who inspires tremendous admiration among peers and critics alike for his leading role in reenergizing Galacian folk music.
Budiño first studied at the School of Bagpipes (Semente Nova) in Moaña and, later, at the University of Vigo. This brilliant student of the gaita (Galician pipes) then joined the Laboratory of Jazz Creativity in Vigo, where he discovered his passion for composition. After years of working in the field of traditional Galician music, he began exploring other creative paths, often playing with celebrated jazz, classical, flamenco and pop musicians, and sharing the stage with the likes of Van Morrison, Jerry Gonzalez, Jorge Pardo, Capercaillie and the Lorient Symphony Orchestra.
Budiño has released six albums to date: Paralaia, Arredor, Zume de Terra, Home, Volta and Sotaque. He has taken his compositions around the globe – to places as diverse as China, Lebanon, Syria, Denmark, Argentina and Cape Verde – earning him many prestigious awards along the way. On his first visit to TD Sunfest, Budiño will be accompanied by a special guest from Galacia. "Narf" is an award-winning composer and singer, best known for his film and theatre soundtracks and links to the lusophone (Portugese-speaking) world. What most influences Narf’s musical output are the artist’s frequent trips to Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau, where, in search of new artistic forms, he has spearheaded important creative exchanges and co-productions with distinguished musicians such as Bumba, Da Zigala a Zemambiquo (of the band Timbila Muzimba) and Manecas Costa (for the project Aló Irmao!).
His current touring show shines new light on his works through a band comprised of top Galician musicians: Isaac Palacín (percussion); Fernando Barroso (bouzouki); Cibrán Seixo (violin); Fran Pérez, aka "Narf" (voice & guitar) and Budiño (gaita, frauta).