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Colombian Harpist Hildo Ariel Aguirre Daza

July 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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 A Concert-Recital and All-Ages Workshop

July 17, 2017  7 PM

Free Admission – no registration necessary -thanks to donations from friends like you! 

Hildo Ariel is a world-class performer and teacher of the traditional arpa llanera (harp of the plains). His music school in Bogotá, Academia Llano y Joropo, has trained scores of young professionals. Joropo (ho RO po) is the vigorous song and dance tradition of the plains of Venezuela and Colombia.

Each event begins with a solo performance by the artist. Afterwards, there is a hands-on workshop for musicians or anyone interested in further study and practice of the joropo style, technique and repertoire. The workshop aims to teach the distinctive rhythms of joropo as performed on the harp and also on other instruments including percussion. Local acoustic musicians, especially Latin-style performers, are especially encouraged to take advantage of this unusual opportunity.

The range of joropo musical forms is wide: Tonada (to NAH da) is gentle, melodic, soothing, derived in part from the unaccompanied crooning or lullaby that goes with milking cows on the cattle ranches of the plains. Pasaje (pa SAH hay) is essentially song and story. It celebrates joy, sorrow, love, nature, and more (work, loss, jealousy, pride, …). Whether sung or performed as an instrumental, the titles and lyrics are poetry. Joropo, the dance form that gives a name to the entire tradition, is fast and strongly rhythmic, reminiscent of Appalachian “clogging.” The male partner’s step is called zapateado (stomping), while the woman’s is escobillado (sweeping). When it is not entirely instrumental, the accompanying lyrics are often contentious, with an edge of humor, depicting the challenges of life and work.

The tour is organized by John Lozier, a longtime West Virginian who took up the harp after a visit to Venezuela in 1991. On his most recent trip, in 2014, Lozier studied with Hildo Ariel for two weeks at Academia Llano y Joropo, in Bogota. Admission to most events is free to the public, with “donations suggested.”

US Tour is sponsored by Harping for Harmony Foundation, presenting Latin harp traditions to new audiences. – 304 276 5141.


July 17
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm