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Land of winds > Online > Resources | Issue 04. Mar.-Apr.2011
By Edgardo Civallero | Sara Plaza

Instituto Nacional de Musicología “Carlos Vega”
The Instituto Nacional de Musicología (“Carlos Vega” National Institute of Musicology, founded in 1931) is a state organization run by the Secretary of Culture of the Republic of Argentina. It is here where the outcomes of every musical research carried out in Argentina are stored since master Carlos Vega times, an Argentinean musicologist, composer and poet regarded as “the father of musicology” in his country.
The Institute has a well-stocked library and a rich audio archive, as well as an interesting collection of items and publications for sale.
The Instruments Virtual Museum is accessible through its official website. Although the design is not very attractive, it contains valuable information, including photographs and downloadable musical examples.

Folklore del norte
This is a website featuring traditional instruments, dances, songs, customs, sayings and legends from the north of Argentina. In addition it shows very interesting explanations for Argentinean folkloric dances, including their choreography, plus a brief description of non-danceable rhythms (e.g. tritonic music: bagualas and vidalas).

Ciudad de Humahuaca
This website presents an insight into the heart of the Quebrada de Humahuaca, the cosy village that gives it its name. It includes different sections on rites, costumes, legends, dances, local musicians and artisans, as well as a quick account of its famous Carnival.

The archives store music from all over the country, including very popular styles that bear no relation to Andean music (p.e. the chamamé from north-eastern Argentina, or the chacareras from the central part of the country).

Horacio Quena Quintana
Horacio Quintana is a performer and luthier who teaches music at the Escuela de Música Popular de Avellaneda (Avellaneda School of Popular Music, Buenos Aires, Argentina). His weblog is home to an “interactive museum” and exhibits a collection of traditional instruments from Argentina and South America.
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