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    Land of winds > Music > Reviews | Issue 20 (Jul.-Aug. 2014)
    By Edgardo Civallero | Sara Plaza

Pífanos and chirimías

Despite the large number of well-known ensembles that play Andean transverse flutes –including, for instance, the Chirimía Caucana, the Chirimía de Puelenje and the Chirimía Tres Esquinas, all three in Colombia–, there still exist few recordings, historical or modern, which bring together and portray the aerophone's repertoire. Some of the most important works have been included in this section.

Conjunto Alma Caucana - Conjunto Alma Caucana | VV.AA. - Music of Colombia | Chimizapagua - Subiendo la montaña | VV.AA. - Festivals of Cusco | VV.AA. - Nasa Kuv': Fiestas, flautas y tambores Nasa


Conjunto Alma Caucana - Conjunto Alma Caucana

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Conjunto Alma Caucana
Conjunto Alma Caucana
(Chávez – 1975)

1. Cuando el indio llora – 2. El sotareño – 3. Linda payanesa – 4. Luna roja – 5. Chirimía – 6. El miranchurito – 7. Juguete – 8. Señora María Rosa – 9. Inspiración – 10. Alma caucana

This LP, by Alma Caucana, recorded in the town of Pasto (department of Nariño, Colombia), was the first commercial recording to feature the music of the Andean chirimía on it. In their performances, Alma Caucana included, along with the traditional flutes and percussion, a set of string instruments, usually a couple of guitars.

The album became very popular and has had a strong influence on younger generations of chirimía performers (especially urban bands). It features some well-known tracks such as the Andean fox "Cuando el indio llora", the joropo "Linda payanesa", the bambucos "El sotareño" and "El miranchurito" and the pasillos "Señora María Rosa" and "Alma caucana", among others.

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VV.AA. - Music of Colombia

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VV.AA.
Music of Colombia
(Smithsonian Folkways – 1954)

1. Marcha Royal – 2. Brisas del Pamplonita – 3. La ópera – 4. Perucho Sarria – 5. Enigma – 6. Secreto a voces – 7. El sotareño – 8. Beila – Omar Rengifo – 9. El rayo X – 10. Bocaccio

"Music of Colombia" is the outcome of the field research conducted by Dr. Andrew Whiteford in 1951 in the town of Popayán (department of Cauca, Colombia). There he had the opportunity to record two local musical expressions: the Andean chirimía (played by the band Los Gavilanes) and the murga (by Melodías Caucanas). The LP was released three years later by Smithsonian Folkways (the non-profit record label of the Smithsonian Institution).

The "chirimía" part comprises the first five tracks of the album. Maintaining the traditional format (flutes and percussion), Los Gavilanes presents an excellent selection of Colombia's Andean rhythms: from the marcha ("Marcha Royal") to the bambuco (the popular "Brisas del Pamplonita"), the pasillo ("Perucho Sarria") and the Incan fox ("La ópera" and "Enigma").

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Chimizapagua - Subiendo la montaña

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Chimizapagua
Subiendo la montaña
(S.d. – 1982)

1. Subiendo la montaña – 2. Recuerdos de mi tierra – 3. La princesita kolla – 4. Bambuco de San Agustín – 5. El canelazo – 6. Contradanza almaguereña – 7. Bailecito – 8. La cuchilla – 9. Bambuco de Almaguer – 10. Ojos azules – 11. Palo negro – 12. Miranchurito – 13. San Pedrito

"Subiendo la montaña" is Chimizapagua's first album, one of the earliest Colombian bands to pioneer "Andean music". While searching for the sounds of the Andes, Chimizapagua not only ventured into the Colombian territory but also explored the music of the rest of the Andean range (very popular at the time thanks mainly to the New Song movement). The band placed a strong emphasis on the chirimía, counting on José Hidrobo's contribution.

The album features several bambucos ("Recuerdos de mi tierra", "Bambuco de San Agustín", "La cuchilla", "Bambuco de Almaguer", "Palo negro", "Miranchurito", "San Pedrito"), one tonada ("Subiendo la montaña"), two huaynos ("La princesita kolla", the famous "Ojos azules"), one Ecuadorian albazo (the popular "El canelazo"), one contradanza of Almaguer and one Bolivian bailecito. Both the bambucos and the contradanza were played on the flutes and drums used in the Andean chirimía.

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VV.AA. - Festivals of Cusco

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VV.AA.
Festivals of Cusco
(Smithsonian Folkways – 1995)

1. Albazo – 2. Albazo – 3. Q'illu qanchis – 4. Q'ara ch'unchu – 5. Saqra o China saqra – 6. Saqra o Urku saqra – 7. Saqsampillo – 8. K'achampa – 9. Chukchu – 10. Qhapaq ch'unchu – 11. Chileno – 12. Auqa chileno – 13. Ch'unchu – 14. Ch'unchacha – 15. Siklla – 16. Qanchi alcalde – 17. Contradanza – 18. Mestiza quyacha – 19. Qhapaq qulla – 20. Qhapaq qulla – 21. Qhapaq negro – 22. Qhapaq negro – 23. Majeño – 24. Carnaval de Paru-Paru – 25. Carnaval de Cuyo Grande – 26. Canto a San Jerónimo

Part of the collection "Traditional Music of Peru" by Smithsonian Folkways (the non-profit record label of the Smithsonian Institution), this album includes tracks recorded in 1989 and stored in the Archives of Traditional Andean Music of the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (Lima, Peru). This work shows the sounds of the most important religious festivals celebrated in the department of Cusco.

The tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 and 10 were performed by the so-called "banda de guerra", Cusco's local ensemble consisting in a couple of pitos or transverse flutes (made of cane of plastic), bombo and tambor (drums).

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VV.AA. - Nasa Kuv': Fiestas, flautas y tambores Nasa

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VV.AA.
Nasa Kuv': Fiestas, flautas y tambores Nasa
(Fundación de Mvsica – 1998)

1. Bambuco baile – 2. Para picar la carne – 3. Gallinazo – 4. Negro parrandero – 5. Bambuco – 6. Niño kuv – 7. Compañera de niño kuv – 8. Kuch wala – 9. Dentro de la casa – 10. Een wala kuv – 11. Een wala kuv – 12. Una piecita – 13. Bambuco – 14. Bambuco – 15. Bambuco – 16. Bambuco – 17. Amanece ya – 18. Caña dulce – 19. Pata de ovejo – 20. La mesada – 21. Terminación de la mesada – 22. Encuentro entre el fiestero y el albacero – 23. Mesada – 24. La vaca loca

Under the direction of the musicologist Carlos Miñana Blanco (closely involved in several projects devoted to the flute bands of Colombia) and with the support of the Fundación de Mvsica and the Ministry of Culture, this recording recovers part of the traditional repertoire for the kuv' transverse flutes of the Nasa or Paez communities, located to the south of the departments of Huila and Cauca, and in some parts of the departments of Tolima, Valle del Cauca, Caquetá, Putumayo and Meta.

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