Carlos Muñoz Villalobos and Leo Turner perform music inspired by the rich guitar and folk traditions of South America, adding another destination to our world tour…
Carlos is originally from Chile and has performed for over twenty years as a member of the leading South American group ‘Caliche’. Leo is a versatile guitarist who performs music from the Classical, Spanish, Jazz and Popular repertoire. They combine the pure tonal qualities of the classical guitar and the haunting sounds of traditional Andean instruments in performances of delicate South American magic.
Carlos and Leo bring many years of performing experience to their work, revisiting the traditional repertoire with a fresh, contemporary feel. In their hands even the simplest and most familiar material takes on new depth and sounds.
When deciding to work together, the pair also looked at taking their music in a new direction “we have known each other for many years but we decided to take our music in a slightly different direction and stared to experiment with mixing classical and traditional South American music. This is the thing we enjoy the most, coming up with unique arrangements of classical and traditional music.” When we asked the pair about their experience of rural touring they said “we both enjoy meeting and talking to members of the audience, they are very interested in the range of instruments played. The concerts always feel relaxed and very intimate and when we play you can almost hear the audience listening.”
So, we thought we’d get a bit of a guided tour through some of the instruments that you might see when enjoying the sounds of Leo & Carlos…
The ‘Tiple Colombiano”, the national instrument of Columbia, could be described as treble guitar. It is usually the size of a ¾ guitar with 12 metal strings, laid in 4 courses of 3 strings.
Is like a small guitar, originally made from the shell of an armadillo. It is possible to find up to a dozen types of charangos in the Andean area (from 5 strings up to 12 strings). The most popular has 10 strings tuned in pairs E, A, E (octave apart), C and G.
A flute type instrument usually made of bamboo cane. Panpipes normally consist of a number of tubes arranged in two rows, the different lengths and size of the tubes determine the notes. In South America the origins of the instrument can be traced to Pre-Columbian times.
Kenas or Quenas
This is one of the most popular instruments of the Andean area; this traditional flute has many varieties. Most ‘quenas’ consist of a straight open pipe with a recess on one of the sides and half open on the other. There are five to six front vents and one rear vent. They are mostly made out of bamboo cane and 25 to 40cm in length.
A submarine or lentil-shaped instrument made of clay which works in a similar way to a flute or recorder. Believed to date back to over 12,000 years ago, the Ocarina normally has up to 12 holes. They are found in various sizes and musical registers.
Of course, we always like to enquire about cake! Here is what Leo had to say “I like cake. Any cake. But, if I have to choose it would be Chocolate cake. Any Chocolate cake. Carlos’ wife has put him on a diet so he is not allowed any cake, so can I have his as well?”
Leo & Carlos are currently working on a new CD which will be out in July, for more information visit www.carlosandleo.com
See Leo & Carlos this week:
Saturday 20 April 2013, 7:30 pm
Martley Village Hall near Worcester
Box Office: 01886 888398 – View Details