NeXo 2015

In November 2015 two musicians from Wales embarked on a long journey from Cardiff to Buenos Aires in Argentina in order to take part in a special new project called NeXo. The project was created by a company which operates between Galicia and Argentina called JAU, and Donald Shaw was invited to curate the whole event.

Jordan Williams (Elfen) and Gwilym Bowen Rhys (Plu) were picked from amongst Wales's talented musicians to join artists from Scotland, Uruguay and Galicia in a music workshop over a period of four days. The aim was to create music which combined the culture and lively history of these countries in order to create an exciting explosive musical fusion which gave a new international energy to these familiar traditional tunes.

"Going to Argentina as part of the NeXo project was an incredible experience" said Jordan Williams."I had the opportunity to work with incredible musicians and share Welsh music and traditions with them."

The crew had the opportunity to meet again in the Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow during January 2016. There were lively fun performances for school children, and for the public in the Royal Glasgow Concert Hall on 21 January. One of the highlights of the week was the performance in the Old Fruitmarket on 22 January, warming up the stage for the Irish band Moving Hearts.

According to Gwilym Bowen Rhys " NeXo was a new and exciting experience for me. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn and play together with musicians of the highest level, and to put Wales on the musical map."

Here's a video from one of the performances in Glasgow:

And here is a taste of what happened in Buenos Aires:

Gwilym and Jordan discussed their experience on the Sesiwn Fach programme, on BBC Radio Cymru:


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