Not something that happens
But the way something happens
-- Charles Ives,
Essays Before a Sonata

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Exploring the music of Colombia

An excellent online resource if you are interested in the music of Colombia is "A Short Trip Through Colombian Music" by Andrés Muñoz Jaramillo, a graduate student in physics at the University of Montana. There's an amazing variety of musics, some very Afro-Caribbean in style, others more like the Spanish-indigenous mixes found farther south in Peru and Bolivia.

YouTube has a wealth of videos. Here is a (very fast!) performance of the pasillo "Vino tinto" ("Red wine"). It seems to be in 3 at first, but the more you listen to it, the more a secondary meter in 4 becomes apparent. (In other words, it could be notated in measures of 12/8, variously subdivided as 3x4 or 4x3.)

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