Marimba: The National Sound of Guatemala

Project’s mission is to travel to Pastores, Zacatepéquez in Antigua Guatemala, and study native repertoire and musical style on the marimba, taught by ear by Unión Musical bandleader. Given the lack of sheet-music and method books, traditional repertoire for the marimba risks being lost and INTAKE is committed to preserving and passing on classical music and native instruments to people from multiple cultures, and bringing our communities together through education.

We selected Guatemala because it reflects the largest immigrant community residing in Stamford, CT, where INTAKE is headquartered.

All the repertoire learned will be brought back to CT and a concert partnership will occur on March 22, 2013 with the Norwalk Youth Symphony– where the repertoire learned on this trip will be orchestrated and performed by a full symphony orchestra, native instruments from the INTAKE Ensemble, and a native marimba musician from Guatemala. The long-term plan is to acquire a marimba and bring it to CT, develop a curriculum that can enable our Native Instrument Academy to host a native-marimba course and expose children and families to this art form.

This project is supported, in part, by the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) and the Ford Foundation through the Transnational Cultural Remittances Grant.

Our hospitality partners are the United States Embassy in Guatemala, and our educational partners are the Instituto Guatemalteco Americano (IGA).