July 20, 2020 – Day 126 of my quarantine
José Ángel Hevia Velasco, known professionally as Hevia (born October 11, 1967 in Villaviciosa, Asturias), is a Spanish bagpiper – specifically, an Asturian gaita player. He commonly performs with his sister, María José, on drums. In 1992 he was awarded first prize for solo bagpipes at the Festival Interceltique de Lorient, Brittany.
Possibly his most recognisable composition is the 1998 piece Busindre Reel, from his first album Tierra de Nadie. Hevia is known for helping invent a special brand of MIDI electronic bagpipes, which he is often seen playing live. The instrument was developed with Alberto Arias (pupil and computer programmer) and the electronic technician Miguel Dopico.
Two of Hevia’s tracks, La Línea Trazada and El Garrotin (single release), appeared on the cross-platform video game Vigilante 8: 2nd Offense. His music is also featured in Walt Disney World at Epcot, just before the nightly IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth fireworks show.
I love Hevia for so many reasons, not the least of which is – he is a Spanish Bagpiper whose music sounds a bit Peruvian, Mystical, or from another planet altogether.
Hope you are all having a good Monday morning. It’s been around 100 or more degrees Fahrenheit here every day for the past couple weeks so I’m running the AC and staying cool with the cats. (who continue to work very hard at what they do)
Sending you all my Love and Light. Stay Safe. Stay Smart. Stay Sane. Stay Strong out there.
Until next time …