Popular Spanish Folk Musician José María Silva Naveros Dies at 53

José María Silva Naveros
José María Silva Naveros
José María Silva Naveros, a well-known performer of traditional music from the Castilla-Leon region of Spain died on September 1st, 2013 at Hospital San Telmo in Palencia.

José María Silva Naveros was born in 1960 and raised in Palencia. He started his career as a musician in 1979 and became a popular performer of the dulzaina, a Spanish traditional reed instrument made from wood.

The Spanish artist was passionate about traditional music. He formed the ensemble Los Dulzaineros de Campos. The folk music band toured throughout the Castilla and León region of Spain, performing at various dance gatherings, processions and other events. He also founded the folk music band Almacántaro.

In addition to dulzaina, José María Silva Naveros also played several other instruments such as the gaita sanabresa (Sanabrese bagpipe from the Sanabria region of Zamora province), the three-hole flute, psaltery, zanfona (Spanish hurdy gurdy), chirimía (Spanish reed instrument) and the Arabic lute (oud).

[Special thanks to our colleague Angel Jiménez at www.akelarre-folk.com for providing biographical details and the artist’s photograph]

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