Daniel Zamalloa | Folk Violin from Peru

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Folk Violin from Peru

by Daniel Zamalloa

At last, a recording that showcases the great regional diversity of fiddle styles from Peru. Traditional music from Andean villages, coastal valleys, and the Amazon rainforest played on harp, pampapiano, waqrapuku, and tijeras, among others.
Genre: World: Andean Folk
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1. Para Ti Lima Huayta
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2. El Oro No Vale Nada
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3. Rucu Huanuy
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4. Pijuayo
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5. Contradanza
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6. Serrana Vieja
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7. Historia De Las Sarahuas
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8. Jilguerito
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9. ¿Palomita A Donde Vas?
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10. Solteracha
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11. Paso De Los Negrillos
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12. Alba Tayta Esteban
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13. Pobre Compadre
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14. Pumapampa
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15. Casarakuy
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16. Devoto Machashca
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17. La Cocinera
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18. Sika Sika Saranakamaste
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Album Notes

A wide range of Quechua-speaking people of Peru have incorporated the violin into their own musical culture. Indigenous violin styles have developed in isolated indigenous communities in the rural areas, where ritual and ceremonial music endures, while mestizo violin styles have developed in the larger Andean villages, consisting largely of dance music for public festivals.

Various violin traditions also developed amid the rich cultural heritage of the coastal region of Peru, in which indigenous and Spanish elements are blended with the culture of the descendants of African slaves.

The musical genres on this recording include a "santiago" played during the ritual branding of farm animals, a mournful song of "palla", a "serranita" as sung by the "hatajos de negritos", a "tonada de alba" from the "danza de tijeras", as well as carnaval, yaraví, chimayche, cajada, sikuri, contradanza, and the ubiquitous wayno.

The 20-page booklet that accompanies the CD contains lyrics, translations, explanatory notes, violin tunings, instrumental configurations, and the history of the violin in Peru, beginning with the arrival of the rabel - a precursor of the violin - in the 16th century.


DANIEL ZAMALLOA: violin, guitar, mandolin, bells, chaqchas, whistle, vocals, compilation, adaptation, arrangements, research, liner notes, translation, mixing, production
EDMOND BADOUX: harp, guitar, charango, waqrapuku, antara, pinkullo, drums, bells, carrasca, vocals
FRANCY VIDAL: vocals, mandolin, kena, drums, güiro, shacapas, jingle bells
JUAN BANDERA: kena, vocals, Quechua transcription
ESTEBAN TTUPA: pampapiano, piano accordion
FIDENCIO HUAMANI INCA “Q’echele”: tijeras
LALO IZQUIERDO: zapateo, bells
SANDY FELDHORN: tenor sax, clarinet

DARRYL WEBB: recording, mixing, mastering (The Banquet Sound Studios, Sebastopol, CA)
RAFO SABA: recording (Raíz Electrónica Producciones, Lima, Peru)
MINGAIR PAZ: recording (m music, Cusco, Peru)

FLORENTINO LAIME MANTILLA: cover painting (Canto de la Huayliya © 1998)
DOLORES MIRALLES: photography (cover painting)
MARTIN CHAMBI: photography (Quiquijana © 1929)
TEO ALLAIN: photography (Los Ballumbrosio © 1989)
RODOLFO ZAMALLOA: photography (Daniel 7 Años © 1958); Quechua transcription
GUILLERMO PRADO: graphic design (8 point 2 design, Berkeley, CA); photography (booklet cover © 2006, portrait © 2006)


Daniel Zamalloa was born in Cusco, Peru, the ancient capital of the Inca civilization, and grew up in the old neighborhood of San Blas, renowned for its craftspeople and musicians. He began performing in a violin orchestra at the age of 7 and learned folk fiddle playing from master Eliceo Yare.

He has recorded with Mochi Parra (2004), Lichi Fuentes (2003), Chaskinakuy (2002), Inkuyo (1994), and Homero Oyarce (1989). He has been the musical director of De Rompe y Raja, an ensemble devoted to the music and dance traditions from Peru's coastal region, and the groups PeruCanto and Garúa. He has also performed with legendary Peruvian guitarist Carlos Hayre, cajón virtuoso Mangué Vásquez, zapateador Lalo Izquierdo, and Cuarteto Equinoxio, as well as singers Rosa Los Santos and Rafael Manríquez. Since the 1980's, he has been a vital member of the Latin American community in the San Francisco Bay area, collaborating with artists, dancers, youth groups and human rights organizations on numerous cultural projects.

His passion for South America's musical traditions and its rich regional diversity is reflected in his versatility on violin, guitar and mandolin, as well as in his work as a composer. His compositions incorporate contemporary elements yet are deeply rooted in Peru's music traditions - an amalgam of the musical and cultural influences derived from its indigenous, Spanish and African heritages. In 1998 he was commissioned a suite by the World Repertory Ensemble of San Jose State University.


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Gregg Moore

Delicious taste of little known fiddle style
The information booklet alone is worth the price of this wonderful disc of lilting folk melodies engagingly presented by master peruvian folk fiddler Daniel Zamalloa and his associates. Fiddle is not an instrument generally associated with the folk music of Peru and this disc provides a valuable introduction to a beautiful musical culture.

Robert von Stein Redick

Beautiful, masterful, fascinating
This has quickly become one of my favorite CDs. Mr. Zamalloa has created a beautiful disc, with tracks from the violin/fiddle traditions of every region of Peru. The styles are diverse, and the performances are superb throughout. A great bonus for this novice listener is the extensive printed information (with lovely photographs), introducing each track. An absolute joy.

Ruthie Dornfeld

A treasure!
I've been curious about Latin American fiddle for years, but it is so difficult to find recordings, so I am absolutely thrilled to find this one. A superb selection of material, tasteful, interesting arrangements with varied instrumentation, great sound, and informative notes--it's truly brilliant! Thank you, Daniel Zamalloa

jon schreiber

both beautiful and authentic, this cd grows on you!F