Land of winds. Digital magazine on Andean music. Header picture
Andean music CDs. Reviews
    Land of winds > Music > Reviews | Issue 16 (Sep.-Oct.2013)
    By Edgardo Civallero | Sara Plaza

The guitar, the guitarrón and the tiple

The works of Peruvian guitarists Manuelcha Prado, Javier Echecopar and Raúl García Zárate and Colombian tiple player Francisco "Pacho" Benavides Caro have already been mentioned in other sections of "Land of winds". Due to space limitations, the following list only includes an album featuring the Chilean guitarrón as the main character.

Hugo Arévalo - El guitarrón y el "canto a lo pueta" | Rafael Arias Paz - Sentimiento y guitarra | Julio Humala Lema - Yana guitarra | Daniel Quirhuayo Álvarez - Solos de guitarra | David Vega Rivera - Guitarra andina

Hugo Arévalo - El guitarrón y el canto a lo pueta


Hugo Arévalo
El guitarrón y el "canto a lo pueta"
(Odeón – 1969)

1. En el jardín terrenal – 2. Maire yo le digo adiós – 3. María a Belén llegó – 4. Hoy choco violentamente – 5. El diablo con una espuela – 6. Preso en la cárcel estoy – 7. Verso por el rey Asuero – 8. Adiós puertas de mi casa – 9. Negrita de que te vi – 10. Lo invito a mi casamiento

Born in Villa Alegre (Maule region, Chile) in 1940, Hugo Arévalo has been playing the guitar since he was a child. He worked as a teacher and a TV/audivisual producer until the 1960s when he went back to his musical career performing at the "Peña de los Parra" in Santiago (a popular venue established by the Parra family, where folk music was played). He learnt the Chilean guitarrón with Don Isaías Angulo (alias "The Prophet") from Las Vizcachas (Santiago), who performed the "canto a lo pueta" (literally, "poet-style singing"), a musical-literary tradition that was once widespread in the past but is now restricted to province of Santiago, in the Central Valley of Chile.

This is a work of huge documentary value; it was one of the earliest guitarrón recordings devoted entirely to the "canto a lo pueta". Arévalo has continued being linked, some way or other, with music and he was pioneer in the music video genre in South America.

Official website: Not available.
Link CD [].

Rafael Arias Paz - Sentimiento y guitarra


Rafael Arias Paz
Sentimiento y guitarra
(RCA – 1987)

1. Por la quebrada – 2. Guitarra mía – 3. Siete leguas – 4. Desengaño – 5. Lágrimas de mujer – 6. Chacarera de Jacinto – 7. Padre surco – 8. Abriendo brecha – 9. Fiesta – 10. Kaluyos tradicionales

Born in Potosí (Bolivia), Rafael Arias is regarded as "the first criollo guitar" in his country. He started his musical career accompanying the Bolivian singer and songwriter Zulma Yugar. In 1984 took part in the recording of "No vuelvo a amar" with the band Proyección, and in 1986 joined Savia Andina alongside his brother Gerardo Arias. Although he played regularly with this band, Arias also was part of the Dúo Sentimiento together with the famous singer Yuri Ortuño, and released several solo albums.

One of them is "Sentimiento y guitarra", which features an array of Bolivian criollo rhythms, including motivos ("Por la quebrada", "Fiesta"), tonadas ("Guitarra mía", "Padre surco"), kaluyos ("Desengaño", "Selección de kaluyos"), cuecas ("Siete leguas", "Lágrimas de mujer"), taquiraris ("Abriendo brecha") and chacareras. Those motivos mentioned above were composed by another great Bolivian guitarist, Alfredo Domínguez.

Official website: Not available.
Link CD [].

Julio Humala Lema - Yana guitarra


Julio Humala Lema
Yana guitarra
(s.d. – 1994)

1. Presentación – 2. Fantasía para mi pasña – 3. Cómo quieres – 4. Ischu – 5. Seguidilla de waynos – 6. Vírgenes del sol – 7. Yana guitarra – 8. Aires del altiplano – 9. Contrapunto de guitarras – 10. ¿Quién por quién? – 11. Dónde estarás – 12. Para chaska

Born in Coracora (province of Parinachochas, department of Ayacucho, Peru), Julio Humala is a singer, songwriter and guitarist, well-known for his commitment to social justice. In 1977 he moved to Lima to continue his studies, and there he joined the band Hermanos del Ande (whose line-up included, among others, the singer Martina Portocarrero). Five years later, in 1982, co-founded the duet José María Arguedas with his brother Walter. Later on he moved to Ecuador and Venezuela and in the 1990s started his solo career.

"Yana guitarra" (in Quechua, "Black guitar") is his second album, which collects his years of social struggle in Peru. On the album, Humala performs different musical genres of Peru, which provide the sound framework for his committed lyrics.

Cover: Not available.
Official website: Not available.
Link CD [].

Daniel Quirhuayo Álvarez - Solos de guitarra


Daniel Quirhuayo Álvarez
Solos de guitarra
(QB – 1998)

1. Jachwa – 2. Negra del alma – 3. Wantino – 4. Vírgenes del Sol – 5. Chaskay – 6. Carnavales – 7. Killataki – 8. Paqcha – 9. Runa – 10. Nevados eternos – 11. Cequia – 12. Conococha – 13. Bilin Belen Bon

Born in Lima in 1942 from Ayacuchano parents, Daniel Quirhuayo (whose artistic name was "Kirwayo") was a Peruvian harpist, guitarist and violinist, with a wide knowledge of all musical genres of Ayacucho. During his youth he was involved in many different activities linked to music, film and other arts. In the 1980s Quirhuayo moved to France where he gave guitar concerts faithful to his traditional style, and also founded the groups Perú Andino and Anakonda to explore other genres. Back in Peru, he went on to teach and spread what he had learnt. He died in 2012. "Solos de guitarra" features instrumental pieces, most of them composed by Quirhuayo himself.

Official website [es].
Link CD: Not available.

David Vega Rivera - Guitarra andina


David Vega Rivera
Guitarra andina (Peruánské tradicionály)
(Levné knihy – 2004)

1. Cajatambina – 2. Mi pensamiento – 3. Huaylashada – 4. Pasala huayta – 5. Vuelve a tu nido – 6. Tus ojos – 7. Aires conchucanos – 8. Que bien me dijo mi madre – 9. Un viaje – 10. Chica cajatambina – 11. Niña, me gustan tus ojos – 12. Pomabambina

David Vega is a young guitarist from Cajatambo (north of the department of Lima, Peru), a place that have a famous and well-known tradition in guitar playing. On "Guitarra andina", an album that was first released in the Czech Republic, Vega performs a traditional repertoire. His liking for the sounds of his homeland has given him the chance to share the stage with artists of the stature of Manuelcha Prado.

Official website: Not available.
Link CD: Not available.

> Top    |    > Music    |    > Cover    |    > En español

Disclaimer of Land of windsEditorial staff of Land of winds