Ana Alcaide is an instrumentalist, singer and composer from Toledo, Spain, who carries out research on ancient traditions and cultures.
While pursuing her degree in biology, Ana travelled to Sweden where she discovered the nyckelharpa, a traditional Swedish instrument that dates back to the Middle Ages. She fell in love with the instrument and taught herself how to play it on the streets of Toledo, far from its traditional setting. Ana has played a pioneering role in the introduction and popularization of the nyckelharpa in Spain. Her music is commonly referred to as the ‘Toledo Soundtrack’. Rooted in ancient traditions yet resolutely modern, her compositions deftly blend musical styles from different cultures. From the inspirational backdrop of the city of Toledo, Ana writes and produces her songs adapting her instrument to different settings. In 2015 she starts the new recording series ‘Tales of Pangea’, in which she creates new music in collaboration with musicians from other parts of the world. The first release ‘Gotrasawala ensemble’, was recorded in Java island (Indonesia) after two years of musical and cultural exchange with local musicians. In 2016 she releases "Leyenda", an album that digs into the strength of Femininity through the presence of the woman in diverse cultures and mythologies from a modern view. She collaborated on Loreena McKennitt’s most recent recording. Lost Souls
Ana currently lives in Toledo with her family. She is mother of 3.