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Duo (artist release)

Basque composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist Mixel Ducau and Californian singer-songwriter and hurdy-gurdy player Caroline Phillips come back for their second recording as Bidaia, now a duo, with a repertoire that includes original compositions and traditional Basque songs. The Basque alboka and ttun-ttun are combined with acoustic guitar, hurdy-gurdy and bamboo clarinet to offer a strong second look at their original approach to the tradition.


  • Basamartxa (3:41)
  • Where is the Rain (4:45)
  • Amaren alabarik (2:47)
  • Zortziko Ziburu (3:34)
  • Rahna Khawa (3:30)
  • Albokasbah (1:42)
  • Herribera (3:44)
  • Albokalifornia (2:09)
  • Albokajun (1:46)
  • Secret lovers (4:03)
  • Ze Poza (3:37)
  • Albokalapita (2:49)

More info:
The unique sound of Bidaia finds its origin in its creators, Mixel Ducau, a Basque composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist and Caroline Phillips, a Californian singer-songwriter and hurdy-gurdy player of Greek and Persian origin. Together, they have created music that is Basque and universal, inspired by traditional melodies and dances yet enriched by world folklore.

Bidaia's repertoire includes original compositions as well as traditional Basque songs sung in both Basque and English. Traditional Basque instruments, like the alboka (a small hornpipe played with circular breathing) and ttun-ttun (stringed-percussive inst.) are combined with instruments from other musical traditional such as acoustic guitar, hurdy-gurdy,& bamboo clarinet.

Of Greek and Persian origin, Caroline Phillips was born in Northern California's Bay Area, a hothouse of a rich and varied artistic culture. Passionate for singing, she studied classical voice in Paris and regularly performed in jazz clubs and private parties for the ex-patriot American community. She began composing in the 90's in her home studio and a year later met and worked with Mixel for the first time in a Parisian recording studio. Two years later she moved to the Basque Country, learned the Basque language, took up the hurdy-gurdy and formed the group, then the duo Bidaia with Mixel.

Mixel Ducau is a native of Bayonne in the northern part of the Basque Country (France), founder of the very successful Basque contemporary rock group Errobi (more than 30,000 albums sold). A multi-talented instrumentalist, Mixel is an accomplished saxophonist and a composer and arranger for many groups throughout southern Europe. In 1990 he created the group Zaldibobo with Joseba Tapia (diatonic accordeon), a mix of rock & folklore. In 1995 he formed a duo with Caroline, and together they formed the group Bidaia.

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