Zamoran Piper Julio Prada Guzmán Dies in Spain

Zamora, Spain –  Julio Prada Guzmán died in Ungilde,
Sanabria (Zamora province, Spain) on January 31, 2004. His funeral was held on
January 1st, 2005. He had been suffering from Alzheimer’s.

Prada Guzmán was known for his performances of traditional Zamoran music. A jota
chaconeada (dance) that he played often was picked up by contemporary folk group
La Musgaña on their live La Musgaña en directo. The same piece was used
by Breton group Bagad Kemper on its album Sud-ar Su. Julio Prada
collected and performed many melodies and epic ballads. Julio Prada Guzmán’s style of bagpipe playing influenced many other pipers in
the area, such as the Guillermo family (Florencio, Serafín y Francisco) from
Palazuelo de las Cuevas, and “Ti Francisco”, from Villanueva de
Valrojo (Carballeda).

[Photo courtesy of
Gaitas Españolas

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites and 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.