Monday, July 23, 2012
Anton Varela is a skilled Galician Gaita maker and performer from Ferrol in North Western Spain. His wife, Raquel Fontes, is equally proficient on cunchas, scallop shells used as scraped-percussion instruments. Here they are playing together during last week's Rencontre des Luthiers et Maitres Sonneurs in Central France. Notice the way Raquel strikes the shells together to accent main beats, scrapes to continue the rhythm, and never overdoes it - pausing at strategic places to give the music a lift. Moitas grazas, Anton e Raquel!