Jakez has been in Villavicencio, Colombia, presenting our Edmar Castaneda Llanera 35, and Electric Llanera 37, at the Torneo Internacional del Joropo. This huge festival is about Joropo - its music, dance and tradition. Joropo is one of the musical riches of Los Llanos Orientales, along the Eastern side of Colombia, as well as of its neighboring country, Venezuela. The Llanera harp is a leading instrument in this music.
You can see some pictures on our Instagram feed, where we document our adventures on the road.
We were particularly delighted to be able officially to present our harps together with their inspiration himself - Edmar Castaneda. It was Edmar who asked us to build a modern llanera harp, with levers. He joined us, in his native Colombia, at the Villavicencio Casa de Cultura to demonstrate the realization of his dream. Here is a very short video snippet, where Edmar is joined by Colombian llanera virtuoso Yesid Castro.