This kinds of formation have strong roots in spanish culture since XIX century. They are also known as Rondallas.

It’s formed of traditional spanish instruments, bass guitar, spanish guitar and a whole range of lutes (like a spanish kind of mandolin called bandurria and spanish lute), as we said, unique in the world. About its origins we must talk about the Folklore of Aragón, Castilla, Murcia, Extremadura, partly from Andalucía, Navarra, Valencia, Baleares and also widely spread in Canarias (the Canary Islands).
Composers such as Joaquín Turina wrote scores for these instruments. Even Francisco Tárrega got to conduct a “rondalla” as well as some of his disciples like Daniel Fortea had a close relation with this type of bands.

Nowadays its style ranges from folklore to classical music arrangements. New composers are including works for these instruments in Spain.

IBERIAN FOLK ENSEMBLE, a project with the aim of getting back and promote folklore’s songs and dances and adaptations of spanish classical music.
They’ve recorded a “popular” music Cd with other musical formations.
They’ve performed at different spanish cities and it’s important to remark their concerts at the “IV Jornadas Internacionales de Guitarra – Elda 2009” and the “Music Month in Sax.

It’s conducted by Pepe Payá, guitar professor at the “Escuela Comarcal de Música Tradicional ECOMUT in Petrer” (Alicante). He studied his upper grade with D. José Tomás at the Conservatory of Music “Oscar Esplá” in Alicante. He joined as a Jury in national contests like the “Jóvenes Interpretes”(Young Performers) Ruperto Chapí in Villena (Spain), international, like José Tomás and Ciutat d’ Elx (Spain) and Emilio Pujol in Cerdeña (Italy). He’s artistic director of the International Guitar Contest José Tomás – Villa de Petrer and president and creator of the Asociación de Guitarra PIMA since 1998.