Rescued from oblivion in the 1960’s, this traditional Basque percussion instrument, similar to the xylophone or balafon, is played by two people using the drumstick technique : side by side or face to face, with a stick in each hand, the txalapartaris strike a basic rhythm called ttakun, similar to a horse’s gallop or heartbeat, vertically on wooden beams. On this improvisational instrument, the two players interact through different and interchangeable roles. This workshop, open to all, offers you the opportunity to discover duet playing and rhythmic improvisation, which are the particularity of this amazing instrument !
-Play the txalaparta instrument
-Use the basic patterns for shared rhythm and polyrhythm
-Form Basque rhythms and melodies
-Play and improvise a rhythm in a duo
-Know the basic techniques for building a txalaparta
-Exploring Basque traditions
-Discovering the characteristics of the txalaparta
-Musical practice in duet
-Knowledge of the requirements to take into account when building a txalaparta
During this course, you will have the opportunity to discover other percussion instruments in order to create Basque rhythms together.
This Spanish musician, an ambassador of the Basque tradition, has had many encounters and adventures. Master of the trikitixa (Basque diatonic accordion), player of the txalaparta (pronounced tchalaparta), pandero (traditional Basque percussion) and other percussion instruments (bodhran, cajón, darbuka), he began his career with Izalde and Sorbeltz, and then went on to accompany Kepa Junkera, Ibon Koteron, Etxak, etc. His first solo album, Ekhi, was published by Warner Spain in 2014. In 2019, together with the four singers of Ialma, he is one of the instrumentalists of the Gaizca Project, a fusion of traditional and popular music from Galicia, Catalonia and the Basque Country, of which he is a worthy representative. He passes on his passion through the numerous courses, didactic concerts and master classes he gives in Basque, American and German universities and music schools.