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Nuestro Cuatro: Los Puertorriqueños y sus Instrumentos de Cuerdas Primer Volumen, 1493-1959 dirigido y editado por Wilfredo Echevarría (104 minutos, español con subtítulos en inglés)

Nuestro Cuatro:
Los Puertorriqueños y sus Instrumentos de Cuerdas Primer Volumen, 1493-1959
dirigido y editado por Wilfredo Echevarría
(104 minutos, español con subtítulos en inglés)

A thorough assessment of the contribution of the “jíbaros” to the music of Puerto Rico. In their hands, the old European stringed instruments were remade into the modern cuatro and other instruments of the island’s folklore. When the cuatro and its music migrated with the jibaros from the mountains to the coastal towns and to big cities in the USA, jíbaro music became a permanent emblem of Puerto Rican culture.

 

From Cidra To Springfield: This film follows the interesting life and career of Miguel González, a traditional jíbaro décima singer who was the past Grand Marshall of the New York City Puerto Rican Day Parade. Transplanted from his family home in Cidra, Puerto Rico, to Springfield, Massachusetts—where he has lived most of his life—González has continued the old ways of décima troubadours and still performs on stages across the State.

 

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The Puerto Rican Décima: On the 400th anniversary of Don Quixote, a group of renowned décima troubadours came together to pay homage to the most eminent work of literature in the Spanish language and to revive the “Mesa Redonda” or Round Table: a challenging competition among the best extemporaneous décima poets who are expected to compose verses on the fly.

 

Nuestro Cuatro, Volume Two describes the enduring, sentimental adventure of Puerto Ricans around the world with their cuatro—a small stringed instrument which for centuries has been intimately tied to their history and culture. The documentary is a moving celebration of the music and the personalities that have been so closely tied to the iconic instrument during the last half of the 20th Century.

 

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