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HEVIA G Q w e r t y j k o } s p a m c j d b h v d f i m c i n e u y c b s o d c m 1 José Angel Hevia Velasco was born in Villaviciosa, Asturias in He first came into contact with the bagpipes when
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HEVIA G Q w e r t y j k o } s p a m c j d b h v d f i m c i n e u y c b s o d c m 1 José Angel Hevia Velasco was born in Villaviciosa, Asturias in He first came into contact with the bagpipes when he was four years old during a procession in Amandi when he was with his grandfather. It was there that the image of a man and his bagpipes had an impact on the very young José Angel. The unity between the pipe player, his music and the instrument seemed magical to him. Hevia then began bagpipe classes. Three times a week, after school, he took the bus to Gijon. Armando Fernandez taught him in the traditional style and then accompanied him back to the bus. He arrived home at 12 o clock at night and the following day practised what he had learned in class so he hardly had time for other leisure activities. In the same year in which he began classes, he underwent a baptism of fire in sporadic performances with folk groups. His sister, Maria José, noticing that a drummer accompanied all bagpipe players, wanted to participate. One of the best drummers that Villaviciosa had, Sabino Cifuentes, agreed to tutor her in all the traditional rhythms, in his own house, with great patience. At the end of class Hevia took his bagpipes and played songs so his sister could try to accompany him. All this often ended up in a huge rumpus when a pacifying mother s spanking usually resolved the problem. Shortly after, they began performing together throughout Asturias and travelling to different Asturian centres overseas. In 1985 José Angel began to give classes and shortly after formed a bagpipe band with his pupils. Thus, without abandoning the traditional pair, the bagpipes and the drum, a new period in his life had begun. During this time, the bagpipes had suddenly become popular amongst young Asturians and music schools sprung up in a multitude of places. José Angel himself founded new schools in Villaviciosa, Candás, Ribadesella and Mieres, out of which came new bagpipe bands. During this time he also performed in various folk groups and collaborated in a variety of recordings. Meanwhile he was studying Spanish Philology at university but his real vocation continued to be music and the bagpipes. In that same year he developed the midi-bagpipes. This initiative started by trying to solve the problem that all pipe players have when they are practising at home; that of disturbing the neighbours. To this end, he and Alberto Arias, one of his pupils who was a computer programmer, created a kind of plastic scale with the pulse buttons of a slot machine. This eventually became the midi-bagpipes, which in the end has become emblematic and indispensable in his work. Within this research team also worked the electronic technician Miguel Dopico. G Q w e r t y j k o } s p a m c j d b h v d f i m c i n e u y c b s o d c m 2 In 1997 José Angel began his career as a soloist. He recorded his first album Tierra de Nadie which was his first great success both on a national and international level. His album, backed by a world tour, was released in more than 40 countries and in many of which reached the first places in the hit parades. More than 2,000,000 albums were sold winning a multitude of gold and silver discs in countries as diverse as Italy, Hungary, New Zealand, Belgium, Denmark and Portugal. In 2000 he released his second album Al Otro Lado Al otru llau with which he renewed his success visiting with his new tour some of the previous countries and discovering new ones. He achieved his dream the following year, inaugurating a musical instruments factory in Guadarrama, which he now manages alongside his music career. In 2003 he released Etnico ma non troppo, without a doubt a declaration of intent. In the musical language, it expresses the definition of Hevia s music: ethnic, but not overboard. With this work, his travels around the world did not cease for the following four years. On 4 September 2007, he released Obsessión, his greatest chill out production, in which the composition is more evident and the orchestral arrangements play a larger role. One song, Luz de Domingo, filled with perhaps the most traditional sounds on the album, was chosen by Oscar winner director Jose Luis Garci, as the theme song for his movie of the same title. Prizes 2003 Special Medal for the promotion of the Asturian Traditions and Culture abroad, given by the Principality of Asturias. G Q w e r t y j k o } s p a m c j d b h v d f i m c i n e u y c b s o d c m 3 2001 Al Otro Lado Best Traditional Music Album, V Edition of Musical Prizes, Madrid. Busindre Reel Prize for the Best International Album of the Year, Die Goldene Stimmgabel, Frankfurt, Germany Multi-platinum Prize (More that 1,000,000 copies sold in Europe) IFPI, Brussels. Best Artist 2000, Premios Amigo, Madrid. Best International Tour, IV Edition of Musical Prizes. Rock & Trend, Festival of San Remo, San Remo, Italy. Cadena Dial Prize. Prize Promotion of Asturias Overseas El Comercio Newspaper, Gijon Best New Artist, Premios Amigo, Madrid. Tierra de Nadie, Best Album for New Music, III Edition of Musical Prizes, Madrid. Ondas Prize. COPE Prize Cadena Cien. U.P. Music Prizes, Consejo Regulador DD.OO. Jerez y Manzanilla. Golden Sail Prize, Best Musician, Costa Cruceros Urogallo Special Prize, with distinction, Asturian Centre, Madrid. Asturian of the Month, La Nueva España Newspaper, Oviedo First prize IV Folk Festival City of Oviedo, Bagpipe Soloist Category, Oviedo First prize III Folk Festival City of Oviedo, Bagpipe Soloist Category, Oviedo. First prize Bagpipe Soloist Trophy, Remis Ovalle Memorial, Oviedo Prize for Asturian Traditional Folk, Oviedo Town Council. First prize II Folk Festival City of Oviedo, Bagpipe Bands Category, Oviedo First prize Competition of Traditional Duet Instrumentalist (Together with his sister Maria José G Q w e r t y j k o } s p a m c j d b h v d f i m c i n e u y c b s o d c m 4 Hevia), Recontres Internationales de Luthiers et Maitres Sonneurs de St. Chartier, La Chantre, France. First prize I Folk Festival City of Oviedo, Bagpipe Soloists Category, Oviedo. First prize I Folk Festival City of Oviedo, Bagpipe Bands Category, Oviedo First prize Trophy for Bagpipe Soloists of Lorient Celtic Festival, France. First Prize for Bagpipe Soloists, Remis Ovalle Memorial, Oviedo First prize for Ethnomusical Research, Eduardo Martinez Torner, Superior Musical Conservatory, Oviedo. Thesis: Asturian Bagpipe Methodology (with Santiago Caleya). First prize National Folk Festival for Young Musicians, Youth Institute, Ministry of Social Affairs (together with his sister Maria José). As a prize they recorded a single titled Hevia with purely traditional content. Discography (1998) Tierra de Nadie (2003) Étnico ma non troppo (2000) Al otro lado (2007) Obsession G Q w e r t y j k o } s p a m c j d b h v d f i m c i n e u y c b s o d c m 5 Music and videos available in our websites: Contact: Francisco A. Mejía Reyes G Q w e r t y j k o } s p a m c j d b h v d f i m c i n e u y c b s o d c m 6
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