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]

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.

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