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Land of winds > Perfomers > New group | Issue 04. Mar.-Apr.2011
By Edgardo Civallero | Sara Plaza

Mariana Carrizo
Mariana Carrizo

Mariana Carrizo is a singer native of Angastaco, a village located in the department of San Carlos, province of Salta, in the area known as the Valles Calchaquíes (Calchaquí Valleys). She is an outstanding coplera, an interpreter of the oldest and most traditional music from the north-western region of Argentina: the vidala and the baguala.
The vidalas (and their variants, the bagualas) are coplas (usually consisting of four-verse stanzas) sung only with the accompaniment of a caja (and, occasionally, of aerophones such as the erque or the erquencho). Singing coplas is very complex and developing a good technique takes time and careful practice. In addition, copleras have to learn and master the kenko or falsetto register.
There are many different variants of coplas, each one with its distinctive style. All of them belong to a musical repertoire called “tritonic”, allegedly the remains of the music made in the north-western region of Argentina and the south of Bolivia prior to the Incan conquest. In Argentina, coplas spread across the provinces of Jujuy, Salta, Tucumán, Catamarca and La Rioja though its core is in the Valles Calchaquíes.
Carrizo honours the singing tradition of her homeland since she was a child, and found her success in the year 2004 through performing at the National Folklore Festival in Cosquín. It is surprising how many coplas she knows (handed down mostly through oral tradition) and she has gained notice for her exquisite technique and being respectful towards tradition.
Mariana Carrizo is currently doing a degree in singing while collecting and researching into the music of her homeland. In addition she gives talks and offers workshops for beginners and the more experienced. Until now she has released three albums: “Libre y dueña” (2004), “Bagualas y algo más” (2006) and “Coplas de sangre” (2008).

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Official website [es]
Interview with Mariana Carrizo, in Página 12 [es].
Partial discography [Taringa.net]
[Video 01] [Video 02] [Video 03] [Video 04]
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