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Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Las Americas

Marcelo Rojas and Álvaro Marazzi

Marcelo Rojas from Yuty, Department of Caazapa in Paraguay, began studying the harp with his father at age ten. He eventually relocated to Asunción and became a soloist. He has toured Europe, Japan, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. His impeccable technique and creative spirit place him at the forefront of the latest generation of master arpistas. Originally from Paraguay, accompanist Álvaro Marazzi lives in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area where he is well known as a talented guitarist.

  • Marcelo Rojas, Paraguayan harp
  • Álvaro Marazzi, guitar

Click image to enlarge. Marcelo Rojas is a master of Paraguayan harp music, which evolved in the twentieth century from a rural recreational music to a technically advanced, musical expression of Paraguayan nationhood. Photo by Daniel Sheehy, Smithsonian Institution.

01: Marcelo Rojas performs Pajaro Campana.
02: Oscar Maldanado, a Paraguayan Harpmaker.

Maiteí América:
Harps of Paraguay