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Edgardo Civallero (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1973) is a musician, instrument builder, researcher, teacher and writer with a general interest in Latin American music, a particular enthusiasm for Andean genres and instruments and a special leaning towards indigenous musical heritage.
Civallero has a degree in Librarianship and Information Sciences (LIS) from National University of Córdoba (Argentina), where he also studied History (Archaeology and Anthropology branch). After years of fieldwork, he specialized in the collection and management of oral tradition and music, as well as in indigenous knowledge and library services for indigenous societies.
In the music area, he has served since 1990 as a player of Latin American/Andean (traditional, indigenous) wind instruments in several folk ensembles both in Spain and Argentina, and in 2007 embarked on a solo music career, launching the album "Vientos de tierra de vientos" (Winds of land of winds) featuring Andean instrumental music.
Civallero's musical career has run parallel to his dedication and commitment towards research, education and spread of knowledge. In this direction point his educative projects, promoting a series of cultural and formative activities on traditional Latin American sound heritage. As well as the edition of the digital magazine "Land of Winds", and a number of digital, open-access books and articles, whose aim is to spread information not only on Latin American instruments and musical styles, but also on those performing those rhythms and the ethnic, cultural and historical framework that surrounds them.
At present, Edgardo Civallero lives in Spain, where he continues doing research on organology and ethnomusicology, sharing his results through digital publications, learning and teaching, composing and playing music, building and performing traditional instruments in the traditional ways, exploring other musical horizons, and getting involved in new projects.
The author may be contacted (in Spanish, English, French, Italian, or Portuguese) at his personal e-mail: edgardocivallero (at) gmail (dot) com. Or at his Facebook profile, where he publishes all his updates and news.
The educational activities carried out by the author include educational concerts and exhibitions, conferences, courses, workshops and seminars, both on Latin American musical instruments and expressions and their cultural context, and on oral tradition and sound collection and management.
Educational concerts and exhibitions
Aimed at different audiences with different time schedules and structures. They cover a wide range of issues related to traditional musical instruments of South America in general and the Andes in particular: from general introductions to instrumental families (aerophones, chordophones, membranophones, idiophones) to descriptions organized by geographical region/country, ethnic groups/societies, musical genres and historical periods. All concerts include the exhibition and demonstration of instruments, fragments of oral tradition, and contents based on solid academic sources and on the author's own research.
Examples: Traditional instruments of the Andes | Andean wind instruments | Instruments and music of the Aymara people | The sounds of the Chaco Gualamba | Flutes and drums in the Andes.
Aimed at different audiences with different time schedules and structures. These events are similar in contents to the educational concerts, but with more of a theoretical approach, substituting the exhibition and demonstration of instruments by relevant audiovisual and multimedia material.
Examples: Music and oral tradition in Patagonia | Myths and music in the South American lowlands | Charangos and mermaids in the Andes | The sikuris: Andean panpipers | The communal performance of wind instruments in South America.
Courses and workshops
Aimed at different audiences with different time schedules and structures. Practical events covering the building (only in some cases) and performance of traditional musical instruments of South America in general and the Andes in particular. Activities are especially focused on aerophones and idiophones, and in group/ensemble perfomance of membranophones and aerophones (e.g. Andean sikuris), though also addressing many other South American music styles and instruments.
Examples: Introduction to the quena | Building and introduction to the siku | Communal performance of Andean panpipes | South American ensembles of aerophones and membranophones: practical approach | Introduction to the charango | Introduction to folk percussion of southern South America | Argentinean zambas and chacareras in guitar | South American musical bows: building and performance.
Aimed at different audiences with different time schedules and structures. Similar in content to the courses and workshops, but mostly theoretical events where specialized contents are delivered.
Examples: Collection of oral tradition | Management of oral and musical tradition | Research methods in music | Field organology.
Among Civallero's early recordings, there are a couple of tracks where he played panpipes as a member of Wayra, a group from Gran Canaria (Spain). They belong to the CD "Quebrando el silencio" (Shattering the silence, 1996) and may be heard in a YouTube's reproduction list.
In 2007 he recorded "Vientos de tierra de vientos" (Winds of land of winds), his first solo work, where he plays more than fifty traditional instruments (part of his instruments collection can be seen here, with descriptions in Spanish) and presents twelve songs depicting the beauty of Andean folk, including three of his own authorship. The CD may be freely downloaded (in a variety of formats), as well as listened online through Jamendo or a YouTube's reproduction list.
Since then, he has been working in several projects, including a number of experiments in indigenous rare aerophones, the music of minority ethnic groups in South America, lo-fi recording, the use of new technologies in music, and the combination of traditional instruments and synthetizers. A result of his work can be heard in a YouTube's reproduction list, featuring the tracks he used for the booktrailers of his first fiction book "El Libro del Mensajero" (first volume of the quatrilogy "Crónicas de la Serpiente Emplumada", 2009).
Civallero publishes and distributes digital, open-access books and articles in Spanish and books in English on traditional musical instruments, especially (but not exclusively) from Latin America. These publications are aimed at divulgating basic-level knowledge on not-well-known cultural heritages.
All documents are published digital-only, in .pdf format, and display original bibliographic researches on organology and ethnomusicology. The texts are distributed under a Creative Commons by-nc-nd 4.0 international license, and may be read/downloaded here and from Issuu, Scribd, Academia.edu, and Calameo.
"Land of Winds" is a digital, open-access, bilingual magazine on Andean music and culture edited by the author between 2010 and 2014. A divulgation journal, its articles were aimed at exploring issues like geography, culture, language, ethnography, musical works, artists, musical genres, festivals and traditions, legends, books, and musical instruments from the Andes. In late 2014 the publication has been stopped, but the contents are kept online, carefully organized.
The author provides support services to ensembles that may need assistance planning to tread the Andean music path; consultancy services on South American traditional culture and music for museums and other institutions; and collaborations with other musicians to work on Latin American sound recordings together.