Eliseo/Manresa from Michal Shapiro on Vimeo.

I first encountered the voice of Eliseo Parra through his work with the Basque band Alboka. Since then I have heard him often, and it is always a pleasure. As well as being a respected researcher of Iberian music, he is a marvelously generous performer. I was happy to see that he had been slotted in to the Fira Medeterranea de Manresa, but surprised that he was performing in one of the smaller venues. To my way of thinking he is a major act. However I have no complaints as I quite like El Cielu, and the intimacy of the setting allowed him to relate that much better to his audience. The song I am presenting is called “La Zarzamora,” from his most recent album, El Man Sur.

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