About The Release

Through stories, songs, and poetry, cultural heritage is passed down and preserved. Literally translating to “I want to live”, Quiero Vivir is a testament to how music is a both a lifeline for cultures across time and a conduit through which personal identity and a sense of belonging is expressed. Inspired by nomadic musicians in the Balkan states who, finding themselves out of work after the dwindling Ottoman Empire had no more use for its military bands in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, started up their own bands to fuse elements of military music with local folk traditions. A collaborative release from Lannka and ARKADYAN, Quiero Vivir is a celebration of brass instruments such as trumpets, tubas, and saxophones, with electronic sounds and percussive embellishments from darbukas, djembes and congas.