Che Apalache is a fascinating band from Buenos Aires (Argentina) that brings together Argentine, Mexican, East Asian, Spanish, Gypsy swing, and American bluegrass influences.
The group is led by American vocalist, fiddler, musical instructor and global traveler Joe Troop, born and raised in North Carolina.
In Argentina, Troop came into contact with three outstanding musicians from Hispanic America, guitarist Franco Martino (Argentina), mandolinist Martin Bobrik (Argentina) and banjoist Pau Barjan (Mexico).
Rearrange My Heart was produced by the great banjo innovator Béla Fleck. “I love to work with music that intrigues, excites and inspires me,” Fleck says, “and that describes Che Apalache to a T! We first met at my Blue Ridge Banjo Camp last year. They had come from Buenos Aires and asked to play for me. I was blown away and they blew away the crowd a few days later. It’s been a blast to get to know them in the creative environment; together we’ve come up with what I believe is a truly striking album. I hope you’ll enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed producing.”
The vocals are in English and Spanish, with Troop on lead vocals and his colleagues on Appalachian-style vocal harmonies. Troop’s lyrics reflect his social justice concerns: anti-immigrant rhetoric in the USA coming from the White House, the building of the border wall in the United States’ southern border with Mexico and the drama of the Dreamers (undocumented immigrants taken to the USA when they were young children).
Che Apalache is an exciting rising talent in the world music scene, an example of skillful hybridization and impeccable acoustic music craftsmanship.
Che Apalache, a remarkable group featuring North Carolinian and Argentine Musicians is currently touring the United States and is set to perform on Friday, April 26th at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, North Carolina. The current tour includes the East Coast and Midwest and ends in California.
The ensemble’s Latingrass style is described as a mix of South American music and bluegrass. Last August they were discovered by renowned banjo player Béla Fleck, who offered to produce their next album. This past February, Che Apalache traveled to Nashville and recorded the album, which will be released in the summer of 2019 on Free Dirt Records. Three more U.S. tours are scheduled for 2019, including major bluegrass festivals, Universities and Performing Arts Centers, along with showcase clubs.
Che Apalache’s founder, Joe Troop (fiddle) is from Winston-Salem, North Carolina and moved to Argentina in 2010. While slowly carving out a niche in the local music scene, Joe taught bluegrass and oldtime music for a living. That’s how he met Mexican Pau Barjau (banjo), and Argentine musicians Franco Martino (guitar) and Martin Bobrik (mandolin). What began as a band formed between a teacher and his students has evolved into a rich musical collaboration that addresses social issues to bridge the gap dividing the Americas.
The ArtsCenter is located at 300-G East Main St. Carrboro, NC 27510, (919) 929-2787.
Che Apalache is the demonstration
of a powerful cultural and musical exchange. Formed in the urban neighborhoods
of Buenos Aires, the string band ensemble draws intensely from the musical
traditions of the Southern United States and Latin America.
The group’s founder, Joe Troop
(fiddle) is from Winston-Salem, North Carolina and moved to Argentina in 2010.
While he gradually carved out a niche in the local music scene, Joe taught
bluegrass and old-time music for a living.
Joe met Mexican artist Pau Barjau (banjo), and Argentine musicians Franco Martino (guitar) and Martin Bobrik (mandolin). What started as a group created between an instructor and his students progressed into a rich musical collaboration that brought together bluegrass and South American music.
The band’s debut album Latingrass, came out in 2017.
American banjo player banjo
player Béla Fleck produced their next album in Nashville, scheduled for release
in the summer of 2019 on Free Dirt Records.