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2009 Festival Video - Las Américas

Introduction to the Las Américas Program

Curators of the Las Américas: Un Mundo Musical program, Olivia Cadaval and Daniel Sheehy, discuss how the program was developed. 


Dueling Harp Performance of “Pájaro campana.”

Harpists Martin Portillo and Marcelo Rojas join guitarist Alfredo Gryciuk and bassist Ariel Burgos in a “dueling harp” rendition ofRead More


Harp Construction, Paraguay

In Paraguay, Oscar Maldonado of El Rey discusses the business of harp construction, while Marcelo Rojas and Nicolás Caballero playRead More


Tereso Vega, Jarocho Musician

Jarocho musician Tereso Vega from Xalapa, Mexico improvises lyrics to “Cupido” accompanied by Chicano musician Quetzal Flores on jarana. 


Harp Duet by Marcelo Rojas of Paraguay and Miguel Prado of Mexico

Representing two very different harp styles, Marcelo Rojas of Paraguay and Miguel Prado of Mexico fuse their talents to performRead More


Cantadoras del Pacífico, Colombian Currulao Music

Colombian group, Cantadoras del Pacífico, performing their distinctive styles of music known collectively as currulao. 


Estrellas del Vallenato, Musical Group from Colombia’s Caribbean Coast

An all-star group from small towns and ranches on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, Estrellas del Vallenato performs at the Festival. 


Grupo Cimarrón, Virtuosos of the Colombian Joropo Llanero Tradition

Grupo Cimarrón, virtuosos of the Colombian joropo llanero tradition, perform at the Festival. 


La India Canela, Revered Accordianist of Dominican Merengue Típico

From the Dominican Republic, La India Canela is a much revered accordianist of Dominican merengue típico. 


Son de Madera, Son Jarocho Group from Vera Cruz, Mexico,

Son de Madera, of Veracruz, Mexico, form part of the jaranero movement. Their performance blends dance with song.