Sopela, Biscay, Spain – A legendary figure in Basque music, Silvestre Elezkano, a.k.a.
“Txilibrin,” died this week in Spain’s Basque Country.
Txilibrin (pronounced chee-lee-breen), born in 1912, was well known as an alboka player and maker. The alboka is a Basque horn that nearly disappeared in the 20th century. Recently, there has been a renewed interest in the instrument and many young folk musicians are now playing it. Txilibrin’s albokas were highly esteemed.