First article of this new blog, I had to talk about the video that gives a boost to the Rare And Strange Instruments facebook page, the txalaparta by Hutsun band, a video I shot in the streets of Avignon, France, wich gets 1 000 000 views in one week.
The txalaparta (pronounce “tcha”) is a percussive idiophone, it is a xylophone with no resonators whose bars are struck with large sticks. The instrument is played by a couple of musicians, their rythmic patterns respond to each other to make a continuous and virtuoso music.
Txalaparta players allow themselves to change the base material, one of the specialties of txalapartariak from Oreka TX!
I didn’t found any steel, glass or bronze txalaparta, tell me if you meet or play one, and do not hesitate to add infos or links in the comments!