Academic journal article Yearbook for Traditional Music

Son De Mi Tierra

Academic journal article Yearbook for Traditional Music

Son De Mi Tierra

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Son de mi tierra. 2009. Smithsonian Folkways Recordings SFW CD 40550. Performed by Son de Madera. Annotated by Daniel E. Sheehy, with Rubí Oseguera and Ramón Gutiérrez Hernández. Produced by Ramón Gutiérrez Hernández and Daniel E. Sheehy. 37 pp. of notes in English and Spanish. Spanish translation by Cristina Altamira. 15 colour, 1 b/w photographs, 1 map. 1-item bibliography, 3-item discography. 1 compact disc, 13 tracks (52: 40).

This latest CD by Ramón Gutiérrez and his ensemble Son de Madera is a look back to their roots after some twenty years of performing, while at the same time expanding the stylistic and timbral possibilities. The twelve traditional and one original pieces recorded here are performed on the standard instrumentation of jarana (small strummed guitar with eight strings grouped in five courses), requinto (small four- or five-string melodic guitar), and, on one track, harp. Less commonly found instruments-harpsichord, electric bass guitar, and harmonica-can also be heard on various tracks.

The notes contain a succinct history of the son jarocho tradition starting from the late 1700s, but with greater attention given to important twentieth-century artists and groups. Of particular interest are Oseguera's observations on the tradition's evolution and the difficult relationship between two opposing factions of son jarocho performance: one labelled as "commercial" and the other frequently referred to by performers as "authentic. …

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