The erkencho

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    The erkencho or erke (also written erquencho, erque, irqi or erqe) is an aerophone traditionally built and played in northwestern Argentina and southern Bolivia, in the Southern Andes cultural region, which belonged to the ancient Qullasuyu: the southern quarter of the Tawantinsuyu or Inkan Empire.

The erkencho is a brief guide introducing the reader to the structure, context and use of a particular idioglottal clarinet (erkencho, erquencho, erke, erke, irqi) played in southern Bolivia and northwestern Argentina, composed of a bell and a small reed body with a single vibrating tongue, and which retains in its notes an ancient, traditional Andean repertoire with pre-Hispanic roots, always accompanied by the drum called caja.

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