FOLK VIOLIN FROM PERU
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
HUGO LECAROS: vocals
ESTEBAN TTUPA: pampapiano, piano accordion
FIDENCIO HUAMANI INCA “Q’echele”: tijeras
HOMERO OYARCE: vocals
LALO IZQUIERDO: zapateo, bells
SANDY FELDHORN: tenor sax, clarinet
ETHAN BIGSBY: trumpet
EVA GOODFRIEND-REAÑO: vocals
OLIVIA DOLORIER-THOMPSON: vocals
ANAIS ARIAS-ARAGON: vocals
CAMILO DOLORIER-THOMPSON: vocals
DIEGO ZAMALLOA-CHION: vocals
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.