Music from the Rioplatense region
The Spanish word rioplatense derives from a contraction of Rio de la Plata. Explorers in the 16th century named it the great river of silver for it’s access to the ancient treasures of the Andes. This river of silver flows between present day Argentina and Uruguay. The early settlers of the Rio de la plata region were predominantly Andalusian, taking their beloved guitar on the long journey to the America’s.
Although the Rio de la plata led directly into the silver mining district of Bolivia, the Spanish conquerors who entered the new land from the Atlantic side of the continent never controlled the mining operations. They wound up in a huge desolated part of the world, completely isolated from Europe. It’s within this context that a unique style developed which was named after the river of silver: musica rioplatense.
The best known example of Musica Rioplatense is the tango which originated in Buenos Aires. In the countryside, life ran at a slower pace, which can easily be heard in the milongas, mainly played by the gauchos, the South-American cowboys. These inhabitants of the extended plains played an important role in spreading the news, accompanying themselves on the guitar like European troubadours and minstrels had done.
Papas Calientes contains traditional music as well as works by composer/guitarist Gustavo Pazos Conde. He wanted to make this record for a long time and I was happy and proud he asked me to join him.
- El Poste
- El Sauce
- La Estampita
- Teclado Marfil
- Papas Calientes
- Estilo Pampeano
- La Payada
- El Recuerdo
- Doña Ana
- El Rincon
- Milonga de mis Amores
- Choro da Suadade
5 written by Eduardo Arolas, arranged by Eduardo Egüez. 13 written by Pedro Laurenz, arranged by Eduardo Egüez. 14 written by Agustin Barrios Mangore.
- Gustavo Pazos guitar
- Esther Steenbergen guitar
- Olga Franssen recording director
- Jaime Rodriguez recording engineer
- Bernard Joosten mixing engineer
- Recording Studio Camino Music Amsterdam