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    By Edgardo Civallero | Sara Plaza
Sikuris de Susques

Martín Sessa
Sikuris de Susques
(La Plata: Author's edition, 2009)
Illustr. – 120 pp.


Written in collaboration with the indigenous community "Pórtico de los Andes Susques", belonging to the Lickan Antay or Atacama people, this book (published by the author himself, who graduated from the National University of La Plata, Argentina) explores the tradition of the sikuri bands in the small village of Susques, located in the Altiplano (high plateau) of the province of Jujuy (north-western Argentina), and its connection to the village festivities. Driven by field researches between the years 2005 and 2008, the text describes in detail both the musical instruments and their use.

Complementary to this reading, there are a number of works worth to notice such as Virgilio Palacios Ortega's "Catálogo de la música tradicional de Puno" (whose first volume includes an abundant collection of traditional melodies for siku); Saúl Acevedo Raymundo's "Los sikuris de San Marcos: Historia del Conjunto de Zampoñas de San Marcos" (Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Peru); and Thomas Turino's " Moving Away from Silence: Music of the Peruvian Altiplano and the Experience of Urban Migration", which perfectly portraits the structure of the sikuri bands from Puno (Peru) and that of the so-called "metropolitan" bands (appeared in Lima and other towns) created by migrants coming from Puno.


Article. "Reseña de Sikuris de Susques", by Adriana Luengo. In Entremúsicas ès+.
Blog Comunidad Aborigen "Pórtico de los Andes Susques" [es].
Article. "Virgilio Palacios Ortega: Catálogo de la música tradicional de Puno". In Aswan Qhari [es].
Article. "Libros nuevos: Los sikuris de San Marcos", in Revista Volveré [es].
Book. "Moving Away from Silence: Music of the Peruvian Altiplano and the Experience of Urban Migration", by Thomas Turino. In GoogleBooks.


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