Yanawan yuraqwan. Andean musical instruments in black and white

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    Black and white photography strips the world of color, reducing it to simple forms, to volumes, textures, chiaroscuros, lights and shadows. Without the warm hues that characterize cane, wood, horn, and leather, Andean traditional musical instruments – quenas and zampoñas, bombos and charangos, tarkas and mohoseños – are reduced to lines, surfaces, cracks, bumps betrayed only by light or its absence. Devoid of everything but their immediate essence, these flutes, drums, and horns tell their centuries-old stories of sounding in the hands of men and women from different communities. They speak without a sound, but with their very presence, and that of the many scars scratched on their skins.

Yanawan yuraqwan. Andean musical instruments in black and white is a photo album with 15 black and white images accompanied by brief descriptions, introducing some of the most interesting traditional Andean musical instruments: quenas, pusi p'ias, sikus, toyos, rondadores, ocarinas, charangos, pingullos, pinkillos, waka pinkillos, waylla qhepas and wank'aras.

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