Biography

ANNE ETCHEGOYEN – COMPOSTELLE

A humanistic musical project, unifying and open to the world

ANNE ETCHEGOYEN has been awarded a Gold Record and 85.000 copies of her album Les voix basques have been sold in France. The album has also appeared in the top 10 album chart, and her cover of Mikel Laboa’s “Txoria Txori” has over 1.841.000 views on YouTube.

ANNE started The Way of St. James (el Camino de Santiago) last September, on the 21st , from her family home in Donapaleu (French Basque Country) and arrived in Santiago de Compostela a month later. A 8880-km journey that took her to the very ends of Galicia, to Cape Finisterre.

Anne undertook this pilgrimage for a spiritual purpose, looking for an inspirational source, which is where this new album comes from.

“On September 21st ,2015, I began walking by myself from my family home in Saint-Palais to Santiago de Compostela.

A 880-kilometre journey, up to Cape Finisterre, through towns and villages, seas, mountains, chapels, churches, cathedrals, hostels, hotels, guesthouses, dinners, snacks, one-day friends or maybe more, fun, blisters, rain… a little, sun… plenty, reflections… too many…

I’m an artist, a Basque singer, that’s what I am and that experience necessarily has an effect on my musical work. That’s how I started this spiritual, cultural and musical quest.

Everything I saw, I heard, I experienced… All of it has nurtured this album.

The sound of the bells in Santiago de Compostela and those of all the places I visited inspired the song “Kanpaiak”.

I also found inspiration in Zabaldika chapel to sing Ave Maria, “Agur Maria” in Basque, which was recorded at the Collegiate Church of Zenarruza, located on the Northern Way, respecting tradition, with male voices and an organ.

The church of Saint-Palais made me think of “Gurekin Egon”, a song that was sung at my grandmothers’ funerals.

Three more concerts followed

– May 19th . Teatro Gayarre. Pamplona

– May 21st. Teatro Arriaga. Bilbao

– November 25th . Teatro Victoria Eugenia. San Sebastián

“On September 21st ,2015, I began walking by myself from my family home in Saint-Palais to Santiago de Compostela.

A 880-kilometre journey, up to Cape Finisterre, through towns and villages, seas, mountains, chapels, churches, cathedrals, hostels, hotels, guesthouses, dinners, snacks, one-day friends or maybe more, fun, blisters, rain… a little, sun… plenty, reflections… too many…

I’m an artist, a Basque singer, that’s what I am and that experience necessarily has an effect on my musical work. That’s how I started this spiritual, cultural and musical quest.

Everything I saw, I heard, I experienced… All of it has nurtured this album.

The sound of the bells in Santiago de Compostela and those of all the places I visited inspired the song “Kanpaiak”.

I also found inspiration in Zabaldika chapel to sing Ave Maria, “Agur Maria” in Basque, which was recorded at the Collegiate Church of Zenarruza, located on the Northern Way, respecting tradition, with male voices and an organ.

The church of Saint-Palais made me think of “Gurekin Egon”, a song that was sung at my grandmothers’ funerals.

Not far from Cruz de Ferro or up high at El Cebreiro I felt the sound of the txalapartas (traditional percussion), which feature in several songs in the album…

Walking so many kilometres made me think about my Basque roots and what they mean to me, and I gathered those thoughts in “Bake Mina”, a song that begins with the sound of bagpipes.

The children’s choir of Ziganda Ikastola Paz, located only a few metres away from the French Way, right outside Pamplona, and their pure, almost angelic voices strengthened my faith in the future in general and also in that of the Basque language.

The warm, bright voices of the Malagasy children that I met when I collaborated with the organisation Solidarité Madagascar, happened to confirm that we can all be brothers and sisters, no matter what our background or beliefs are. This is reflected in the song Santiago.

During my adventure I came across so many pilgrims and heard “Good way!” (¡Buen Camino!) so many times that I titled a song like that.

My friend Eduardo Makaroff and his brother Sergio have turned my quest, this date with myself, into a song,”Una cita conmigo”.

When I arrived in Fisterra (Cape Finisterre in Galician), the end of the world, and saw the sea, felt the wind, it was as if the path pushed me to go beyond… It has been capsulised in “Lau Haizetara”. Guitars have taken over, folk, flamenco, classical sometimes… The ones that are on display onstage, the sound of the journey…”The Way is everybody’s, but we need to walk our Camino”.

 

Discography

Otentik (2005)

Pachamama (2008)

Adelante (2010)

Les voix célestes du Pays Basque chantent Noël. Aizkoa abesbatza (2005)

Les voix basques. Aizkoa abesbatza (2013)

Compostelle (2017)

 

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UPCOMING CONCERTS