Con Sabor Colombiano – Exploring the Music of Colombia with Nicolas Castañeda Lozano

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Date(s) - Sun. Feb. 21, 2016
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


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The music of Colombia is an expression of Colombian culture, which contains diverse music genres, both traditional and modern, according with the features of each geographic region. The diversity in musical expressions can be seen as the result of a mixture of African, native Indigenous, and European (especially Spanish) influences, as well as more modern American.

Traditional Colombian music can be divided into four distinct zones: The Atlantic (Caribbean) coast , the Pacific coast , the Andean region, and the Eastern Plains. 

Caribbean (Atlantic) music pulsates with vibrant rhythms, such as “cumbia”, “porro” and “mapalé”. 

The music from the Pacific coast, such as the “currulao” with its strong use of drums, is touched by Spanish influence.

The Colombian Andean music has been influenced by Spanish rhythms. Among typical examples are the “bambuco”, “pasillo” “guabina” and “torbellino”, played with stringed instruments such as the tiple or guitar, as well as piano.The Andean music of Colombia differs noticeably from that of Peru, Ecuador or Bolivia.

The music of the Eastern Plains, “Los Llanos – música llanera”, is usually accompanied by a harp, a cuatro (a type of four-stringed guitar) and maracas.

Nicolas Castañeda Lozano is a Colombian harpist and Jazz Composition student from Bogata, who currently resides in Boston while attending Berklee. Being an outstanding llanera harp performer in Colombia, Nicolas received numerous awards as a solo harpist and composer. In 2013, he achieved a Latin American scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music. 

The first part of the event will have Nicolas explaining the regional differences of the music from his culturally rich homeland and also demonstrating the various styles such as “cumbia”, “pasillos”, “currulaos”, and “joropos”, amongst others.. The second part will be a concert with both traditional and contemporary influences that Castañeda applies on his music.

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