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.
Also : see Caroline's TED talk at TED Global in 2010 here : http://www.ted.com/talks/caroline_phillips_hurdy_gurdy_for_beginners.html