Treguenda is an electro-acoustic music project featuring members of Woodland and Adam Hurst. Treguenda’s music explores the shadowy roots of old world magic, with poetic songs inspired by Mediterranean lore and archaic European legends. Driven by a mix of electronic rhythms and ethnic drums and percussion, and featuring ancient instruments, Treguenda brings the past and present full circle through a lush and lyrical musical soundscape. Instrumentation includes harp, cello, guitar, hurdy gurdy, bazouki, whistles, flutes, drums and percussion, all woven together with electronica and live harmony vocals.
WHAT IS A TREGUENDA? In the old world tradition of Italy the word for seasonal rites was Treguenda (Tray-gwen-dah). In modern Italian the word Treguenda means ‘quarterly or every three months’. In the Stregherian tradition there are eight Treguendas: four major and four minor. The major festivals occur in October, February, May and August and these are the Spiritual rites. The minor festivals occur on the Spring and Autumn Equinox and on the Summer and Winter Solstice. These are the Earth festivals and are seasonal and agriculture-related in nature. The word Treguenda has as its root the word Tregua, which means “a respite, or a truce”. It is interesting to note that “Tregua” (tray-gwah) is also slang for the Full Moon Ceremony.
“Treguenda for us is a way of life and a path we have been treading for many many years in various ways.” - Emilio and Kelly Miller-Lopez
For the last 10 years, Emilio and Kelly Miller-Lopez of Woodland and Faerieworlds have been creating seasonal gatherings of music, dance and earth connection, rooted in faerie and Celtic lore. Treguenda is a new creative project which will journey south from the musical explorations of Woodland, to ancestral roots in Italy, Greece and Sicily, and to the mediterranean lore and traditions of the Strega. Treguenda will also include the romantic instrumentals of cellist Adam Hurst, which often feature the rich tonality of classical Italian styles. Married together with the Miller-Lopez’s poetic invocation, Treguenda is a journey to a hidden world, where magical kin gather under the moon and stars to remember the old ways through music, poetry, ritual and dance.
Music and more at: http://www.treguenda.com