Celso Duarte, harpist for Lila Downs, began his studies of the harp and Latin-American music at a very early age with his father, a world "renowned Paraguayan harpist. Charismatic, talented and deeply profound, Celso Duarte has been recognized as a virtuoso of the harp by main international critics. His expertise extends mainly to the Paraguayan harp, Celtic harp, and Mexican Jarocha harp. Celso Duarte presents the main exponent of the music of Veracruz "the harp". Since the 1950s when Son Jarocho erupted on the world scene, the harp has had an important role in bringing to the audiences the most representative melodic sounds of this style of music which originates from Veracruz and Mexico. At the concert level and as solo instrument, the harp is presented for the first time as it interprets the songs in the old way like in the jaranero movement. Celso's band is a mixture of great traditional and classical musicians with jazz players. The beauty of this ensemble consists of both, the execution of traditional music which comes from the baroque and African roots, and the experimentation of fusion between jarocho rhythms and jazz, in which the instruments acquire an extraordinary versatility rarely seen.
Presented with Celebrate Mexico NOW! Festival
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