Date/Time: Thu 12 Oct / 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sir Zelman School of Music
Music Research Seminar
The Argentinean bombo con platillo: from military parades and circus arenas to contemporary Buenos Aires street rituals
The history of the bombo con platillo (lit. bass drum with chimes) shows its permanent interaction in the economic, political and symbolic fields of Buenos Aires society. At the end of the 1800s the bombo con platillo was an instrument used by the military, circus musicians and carnival troupes. However as time went by, and due to the social changes undergone by the city, the new American instrument took on values that go beyond those of a mere sound object. It has now become an active, iconic protagonist in all the spaces where it is used: public celebrations (such as carnival), political militancy and soccer fields. This paper will explain how this instrument became central to a complex network, and how it gained such an important place in the corporal memory of this city, becoming what we can call a sound ‘subject’ (Bates 2012).
Salvatore Rossano is a musician, ethnomusicologist and composer. His career has this far united his passion for both musical research and performance. As a musician he has worked throughout Europe, producing and participating in numerous recordings. He has also participated extensively in research projects and international conferences, having his research published in Italy, Spain and Argentina. He holds a Masters Degree in Hispanic Music and a PhD in Ethnomusicology (University of Vallodolid, Spain) and he is currently an Adjunct Research Fellow at Monash University.
Thursday 12 Oct
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
(Menzies Building) 20 Chancellors Walk,
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