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Arpex Demonstrate Conjunto de Arpa Grande [Behind the Scenes Documentary]
Watch Arpex demonstrate the conjunto de arpa grande sound and the unique tamboreo (drumming) method at their home in the San Joaquin Valley town of Atwater, CA. Their album '¡Tierra Caliente! Music from the Hotlands of Michoacán by Conjunto de Arpa Grande Arpex' was released in 2006 on Smithsonian Folkways. Read more: '¡Tierra Caliente!' is available on CD and digital. Stream/download/purchase: Smithsonian Folkways: Spotify: The conjunto de arpa grande (big harp ensemble) is the country cousin of the Mexican mariachi. When the mariachi was transplanted to cities and added trumpets in the mid 20th century, the conjunto de arpa stayed home in the towns and on the ranches of rural Michoacán. Its two violins, two guitars, and harp (that doubles as a drum) play driving sones, sentiment-saturated ranchera songs of love, and farcical valonas (poemic narratives), all with a disarming directness that is the hallmark of one of Mexico's best-kept musical secrets. Smithsonian Folkways: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy ( Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.
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