- 15 May 2012 at 6:30 pm
The Australian National centre for Latin American Studies and the Embassy of the Republic of Ecuador present:
The Harp of Paraguay
A performance by international artist Mariano Gonzalez
6:30pm Tuesday 15 May
Great Hall, University House, ANU
The Paraguayan harp is a cultural emblem, which represents not only the nation of Paraguay and its traditional music, but also a collective notion of paraguayidad—Paraguayanness. It is a touchstone for Paraguayans’ pride in their national territory, collective historical memory, Guaraní-Spanish bilingual reality, landmarks of the natural environment, and the rich legacy of folk traditions. The melodies, harmonies, rhythms, lyrics, and even song titles associated with it evoke in Paraguayan listeners’ notions of self-identity.
Mariano Gonzalez plays the Paraguayan harp with a truly unique sound mix of jazz, popular and semi-classical influences. Gonzalez was born and raised as a cowboy in Buena Vista, Paraguay, and is part of a long tradition of harp players. He lives in the USA and has performed there, Japan and the UK.
Following the concert, light refreshments will be served. For catering purposes, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.