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THE MUSIC OF THE MBYÁ GUARANÍ Part I: Luthiers of the Forest

THE MUSIC OF THE MBYÁ GUARANÍ Part I:  Luthiers of the Forest

Multimedia story and video.

Once a nomadic forest people, the Mbyá Guaraní of northern Argentina were forced to settle onto Jesuit “reductions” during the 17′th century to escape the slave trade. There they were introduced not only to Christianity, but to Western music and instruments from the Baroque period. As gifted craftspeople and musicians, the Guaraní quickly learned how to play and build their own instruments. When the Jesuits were eventually expelled from the continent, the Guaraní returned to the forest with their new instruments, songs and culture in tow.


Fernando Leider’s Violins

Fernando Leider's Violins

Argentine musician Fernando Leider demonstrates his home-made bamboo violin and some others.


Forest Song Single-Shot Take

Forest Song Single-Shot Take

This is a single-shot take of Mbyá Guaraní music recorded in Aldea Katupyry (San Ignacio, Misiones, Argentina) with voiceover by chief Arturo Duarte speaking about the role of nature and music in the Mbyá community. For more on the music of the Mbyá Guarani, please visit the project page.   Forest Song from Jason Rothe […]


Dan Mangan’s Smorgasbord

Dan Mangan's Smorgasbord

Multimedia coverage of the “Smorgasbord” fundraiser in Vancouver on March 4, 2011 hosted by musician Dan Mangan and End Homelessness Now.


NEI KATU JAJEROJY Single-Shot Take

NEI KATU JAJEROJY Single-Shot Take

Single-shot video of the “band” of Katu-Pyry down by the river Cazador in San Ignacio, Misiones.  To find out more about the music of the Mbyá Guarani, please visit the project page.     NEI KATU JAJEROJY One Shot, Down by the River from Jason Rothe on Vimeo.


Keruchu’i Jochuka’i

Keruchu'i Jochuka'i

An initial video of music by the Mbyá Guarani of Misiones province in northern Argentina.


Site Under Renovation…

I’m currently renovating the website…please bear with me for a bit… Jason


Escape from the City

Escape from the City

At times we all need an escape from the madness of the city, and Buenos Aires has plenty of madness.  Fortunately, the good folks at Urbanbiking.com provide a way out…at least for a day.  Train + bike + kayak = 8 hours of fresh air and adventure in the Tigre delta.  Here are a few […]


I can’t help it, I love this desert shot

I can't help it, I love this desert shot

I just came across this shot of the Kelso dunes in the Mojave National Preserve.  I spent the night in my van more or less where the photo was taken (one of my favorite camp sites) after driving 14 hours or so from Jay Maisel’s workshop in Santa Fe, NM.  There’s something about the balance […]


La Clave Genetica @ Uni-Club

La Clave Genetica @ Uni-Club

¡Baile Salsa! Sunday night Salsa dance party at a local club here in Buenos Aires.  To get your groove on, check out the band’s website:  http://www.elsonar.com.ar/laclavegenetica These guys rock. Baile!


Critical Mass in Bueno Aires, November 09

Critical Mass in Bueno Aires, November 09

Bicycles are a growing trend in Buenos Aires and other major cities in Argentina where cars and smog tend to dominate the urban environment.  The first of every month, however, cyclists gather at the foot of BA’s most prominent landmark, El Obelisco, to take back the streets.  For more information, visit http://www.masacriticabsas.com.ar/ Here are a […]


Photos – SUNSET Season Opener 2009

Photos - SUNSET Season Opener 2009

Here are a few shots from the SUNSET season opener party at Stafford Lake.  As always, I’m experimenting with new things…will try and put together an audio slideshow, time permitting.  Meanwhile, the appropriate beats can be found at www.pacificsound.net and http://www.davidharness.com/.