Artist Profiles: Beselch Rodríguez

Beselch Rodríguez

Beselch Rodríguez was born in La Laguna, Tenerife, Canary Islands. He has become one of the leading timple performers in Spain. The timple is a small guitar from the Canary Islands and it is related to the Portuguese cavaquinho and braginha, which are the predecessors of the Hawaiian ukulele.

Self taught, he began as a folk music performer with Agrupación Folklórica El Moral. As timplista (tiemple player), his career began in 1998. After touring throughout the islands, he was the winner of the Certamen de Timple Juventud y Cultura in 2000. In 2004, Spain’s Instituto Nacional de la Juventud (INJUVE) selected him as one of the musicians that would participate in the prestigious Circuitos de Música INJUVE 2004 in the category of folk music.

He has shared the stage with numerous Spanish and international world music acts, performing at the top world music festivals in Spain.

His first solo CD is In-diferente (2009), in which he performs renovated timple sounds.

The second album, titled “Habitat” (2012) represented the re-encounter with his traditional roots.

In terms of evolution, Beselch developed his electric timple personal project, completed in 2012 and was made possible after several months of work with American luthier Jonathan Mann. Together, they created a new sound and timbre that’s is already part of the universe of this artist. With this new proposal, Beselch Rodríguez started a new path in fusion and interpretation.

Besides developing his musical activity as timplista, Beselch Rodríguez has participated in numerous projects and recordings, and works regularly with leading groups and performers of the Canary Islands.

Discography:

In-Diferente (Multitrack, 2008)
Habitat (Multitrack, 2012)
Timples y Otras Pequeñas Guitarras del Mundo (Multitrack, 2015)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV 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 albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.
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