First article of this 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!
To end this article, an extract of Madonna’s 2012 Live Tour with a txalaparta on stage, why not?
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