Celebration of the "Tres," the Seed of "Son" in Cuba

(Prensa Latina – Cumbancha) Havana, Cuba – The “tres” guitar present in the origins of “son,” will star in the Plectrohabana 2003 Festival, to take place November 20 through 23, which will welcome acts of the lute and other string instruments. In press conference, Cuban musician Efraín Amador commented on several concerts and lectures to take place by famous Cuban tres player “Pancho” Amat, and the Assai trio from Alcalá de Henares, Spain. The event is aimed to acknowledge the “tres” guitar as a national heritage, he stated, and recalled that it is the only string instrument created in Cuba. It is said that the oldest “tres” was produced with codfish boxes, probably brought by dock workers, and was played with a pick or plectrum. Later it lost its rustic mandolin shape and developed into a refined object of craftsmanship. Some of the great “tres” musicians in history are Arsenio Rodriguez and Isaac “Papi” Oviedo.

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.