The Aire sisters grew up in a household filled with music and song and took to it at an early age. Improvised verses were heard sung on the radio during meals since in their household, improvised verses were held in very high regard as their father, Mixel Aire and their late grandfather, Xalbador, are well known bertsolaris (singing extemporary composed songs in Basque according to various melodies and rhyming patterns).
After taking a break for a few years, the trio recorded their first CD
entitled Bidexka (The Trail), which was released towards the end of
2014. The CD pays tribute to the artists of the Ez dok Amairu movement
(There is no thirteen – an avant-garde artistic and cultural movement to
renew and contemporize Basque culture in the years 1965-1972), such as
Mikel Laboa, Benito Lertxundi, Lourdes Iriondo, Xabier Lete, Mixel
Labeguerie, Eñaut Etxamendi. They also sing verses from their
grandfather, Xalbador. With this CD Aire Ahizpak wanted to pay tribute
to all these artists and equally to their parents for encouraging their
broad repertoire. In this same spirit, Aire Ahizpak recently added a
Basque version of Chilean artist Violeta Parra’s 1966 classic Thanks to
Life / Eskerrak Bizitza.
Clip from the film Xalbador, Izana eta Izena