Oreka TX: Koklea
Harkaitz Martinez de San Vicente (txalaparta wood, stone, bamboo, barrell), Juanjo Otxandorena (bouzuki), Iñigo Egia (drums), Mixel Ducau (alboka, clarinet, sax), Mikel Ugarte (txalaparta wood, stone, bamboo, barrell)
The band was formed by Harkaitz Martinez de San Vicente and Igor Otxoa in 1997, and since then has never stopped researching and promoting the possibilities offered by the txalaparta, experimenting not just with its musicality but also with the materials it can be made from (everything from the original wood to stone, tiles, bamboo, and even ice!) They have presented their work across five continents, winning over audiences and critics alike.
Oreka TX like to link up with other artists, genres and projects. Proof of this is the collaborative partnerships they have been involved in: with Phil Cunningan, Ara Malikian, Manu Dibango, Aziza Brahim, Motoko Hirayama, Silvia Iriondo, Carlos Nuñez, the Rai National Symphony Orchestra and Hakon Kornstad.
In addition to musical fusion, they also enjoy experimenting and constructing shows with other artistic disciplines such as dance, circus, audiovisual works, rural sports and other elements that inspire them to create thought-provoking universes.
But the greatest pleasure for Oreka TX, something they value even more than all their partnerships, or the prizes and recognition they have received, is sharing their passion for the txalaparta and the world of Basque culture.
In Koklea, a work that reflects the result of the musical journey of recent years, they delve into their own style, using organic and natural instruments from a contemporary language.