The Argentinean bombo con platillo: from military parades and circus arenas to contemporary Buenos Aires street rituals
Room E561, 5th Floor, East Wing, Menzies Building, Building 11
Event Date: Thu 12 Oct
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.