Harp 3 - From Paraguay
Harp 3 is the name adopted by three brilliant young Paraguayan musicians who want to introduce the beautiful music of their country to a wider audience. Kike Pedersen, Mercedes Espinola and Diego Vera were brought together by their love for the Paraguayan harp, each one being an accomplished interpreter of this, the national instrument of Paraguay. They formed a trio and began performing together, as well as continuing with their busy solo careers.
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Harp 3 from Paraguay
Paraguayan Harp Trio
01. El Boyerito
02. Pajaro Choguy
03. Carreta Guy
04. Mi Dicha Lejana
05. London Karape
08. Caturi Abente
09. Tren Lechero
10. El Agua
11. Isla Saka
12. Pajaro Campana
Diego is 18 years old and was born in Asuncion. He started harp lessons under Enrique Samaniego, Diosnel Guerrero, Feliciano Peralta, Papi Galan, Heriberto Leguizamon and Dionisio Arzamendia. He is currently studying music theory and interpretation at the Conservatorio Nacional de Musica del Paraguay, in Asuncion. He has played in Brazil and Argentina on several occasions, and was member of the Paraguayan Culture Delegation that participated in the opening ceremony of the 2002 World Cup in Korea. Later playing in several cities in that country and in Taiwan. Diego has won several important prizes at music festivals in his country, including the prestigious Festival del Lago Ypacarai and was finalist at the National Harp Festival in 2001.
Mercedes is 23 and started playing the harp at the age of 9. She entered the Conservatorio Nacional de Musica del Paraguay, in Asuncion in 1995 and graduated as harp teacher in 2002. She participated in many festivals in Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil winning prizes on several occasions including the Festival International de Takuaree in 1995 and the Festival Rochas del Arpa in 1997. Her talent, however, is not restricted to music, next year she will be finishing an Honour Degree in Biology.
Kike was born in Villa Florida, Misiones, Paraguay and is now 19 years old. At the age of 8 he moved to Asuncion with his family. He started studying theharp at the age of 13 with his father Cristobal, later taking formal lessons with Prof. Marciano Mereles, in Luque. He soon developed a very personal style and a vast repertoire. He recorded his first album at the age of 14, entitled "Melodias Paraguayas en Arpa", the first of 6 CD's produced to date. The last one includes 4 of his own compositions. At 15 he was chosen as the Harp Player of the year by the Ministry of Culture and was part of the Paraguayan delegation to the International Youth Festival of Dance and Music celebrated in Israel in 2000. He participated in the Annual Folkloric Festival in Ituzaingo, Argentina in 1999 and more recently in the Festival del Pantanal in Cuiaba, Brazil. He has been to England twice, in 2001 and 2002 as guest of the Northborough Harp Festival and has given concerts in Stamford, Leeds, Newcastle and Epsom.
There are no notes with this CD apart from the above short biographies written in 2003.
Harps: Diego Vera, Mercedes Espinola, Kike Pedersen
Guitar: Cristobal Pedersen, Diego Vera
Bass: José Aponte
Recording Engineer: Héctor Benitez
Design: José Pedersen
Photos: Danny Adorno
Recorded at: Dyon Studios, Asunción - Paraguay 2003
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