Txalaparta Maratoia, Vitoria Gasteiz

The Txalaparta is a curious percussion instrument played by two people.  It is thought to be extremely ancient.  The playing of the txalaparta in the Basque country had all but died out by the 1950′s but in recent years it has enjoyed a revival and has evolved considerably.  The most typical instruments comprise wooden (oak) beams but players often experiment with steal, marble and even ice.  For a really excellent documentary on the Txalaparta look for “Nomadak tx”


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