Early Music Performance
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Jacaras – Antonio de Santa Cruz (circa 1700)

Esperar, morir, sentir – Juan Hidalgo XVII c.

Chalco Codex- 4 pieces- Mexico XVIII century

Sonata – Antonio de Vargas y Guzman (Mexico, XVII century)


Tonada El Conejo (Zuola Codex – Peru)

Aquí la primer prueba de salterios (soprano y “sopranino ” (baby), de mi producción como luthier. Próximamente estarán terminados los arcos específicos.

Workshop of Schola Cantorum of Syracuse, 2016

After two month preparing the music of Navidad Nuestra (Ariel Ramirez). Happy with the results. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!!

Una muestra de cómo suena la guitarra Ramírez. Está a la venta y es una reliquia realmente. Año 1992. Clase 1a. Original.

The Senior Center in San Carlos Centro, Santa Fe, Argentina. Playing the Babys Bowed Psaltery. Centro de Jubilados en San Carlos Centro, Santa Fe, Argentina. Tocado los salterios de arco “baby”.

Liamna Pestana and Daniel Yost joined mid-day host  Diane Jones in the WCNY Studios, sharing music and conversation with the Classic FM listeners.  Playing a Spanish Baroque guitar and vihuela that Daniel made, they sang and played several Spanish Renaissance works.




Tropos’ goal is the investigation, study and interpretation of Early Music, as well as its
relationship to other art forms. In its concerts, Tropos performs on replicas of early
instruments, many of which are built by Daniel Yost, and utilizes the most up-to-date
information about performance practices of the period. In this way we hope to give the
audience an experience of early music that is as accurate as possible.
Our constant search for the origins and construction techniques of early instruments
often involves the study of modern cultures with ancient musical traditions. Our personal
instrument collection contains musical instruments which were built using information
gained from this research.
Tropos hopes to exhibit our collection to the public, allowing people not only to see but
also to hear and play these instruments.
Tropos also conducts a variety of workshops aimed at specific audiences of various
ages and types.
If you are interested in learning about any of our concerts, instruments, workshops, or
projects, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Our Performance

This Husband and Wife led musical act can perform with any size group.


Tambalagumba (Early Music from Spain and Colonial Latin America)

The music of Spain and Colonial Latin America is very fresh and important for our musical history, because the encounters and mixtures between Spanish and Portuguese people, indigenous people and sub-Saharan Africans created and extraordinarily complex hybrid culture. In this concert we take the listener on a musical tour of this Spanis-American culture.  Through different musical instruments and performance styles, we incorporate the music of these different ethnic groups in an attempt to recreate the sound of this richly diverse Latin American folk culture. You will hear songs of the loved and unloved, dances, sounds unique and ancient in a concert that illustrates history through music.

The Human Tones (Secular Songs of early 17th century Spain)

Tonos refers to a vernacular form of song in the early XVII century and has the sense of tune, air, song or melody. It was for Spain what the primitive aria was for Italy. The Tono Humano (Human or Secular Tono) has secular text while the Tono Divino has religous text. This program follows the tradition of Hispanic Baroque comedies, where they mixed sung tonos with guitars and dances. The Spanish Baroque is little known today. The main reason is the scarcity of surviving musical literature from the period, especially in the area of instrumental music. For this reason we include Gaspar Sanz, Santiango de Murcia and Antonio de Santa Cruz in this program because they reflected in their music the most popular forms of baroque dances and tonos in plucked style.

Renaissance Spanish Music for Vihuela, Guitar and Voice

The works for Spanish Vihuela are one of the musical jewels of century XVI. Our tour this time shows examples of composition for voice, vihuela and guitar that are taken from the books for vihuela written between 1536 and 1593. These works are more than simple exercises for learning to play the insturment. They are works of great complexity, perfection, and beauty.

Islamic Spain- Andalusian, Mozarabic and Sephardic Music from IX to XIV centuries

After the Roman Empire collapsed, the area of ​​Spain was colonized by the Visigoths, there they founded a kingdom that subsisted until the year 711 when the Arabs invaded the peninsula and destroyed the kingdom, the Arabs founded the emirate of Cordoba that later becamed to Caliphate, there were only a few small Christian kingdoms that began the re-conquest of the peninsula and fought against the Arabs, until they were expelled in 1492 when the Catholic Kings took the city of Granada. As the Spaniards gained ground for the Arabs, new kingdoms were founded which would eventually became in Spain. But having lived together for more than seven centuries: Jews, Muslims and Christians had created a unique Society in Europe that continued until the modern era and which will give the Spanish culture much of its peculiarities. The Muslin kingdoms were more urbanized and based on commerce. The Christian kingdoms were more rural and organized in turns to monasteries, churches and castles. Muslims provided a very broad cultural background, especially in the area of ​​knowledge. Christians will receive more European influence that goes hand in hand with the pilgrimages of the Camino de Santiago. Even King Alfonso X, El Sabio, explains through his Cantiga X, that stopped in being troubadour and singing to the love, to dedicated all his dedication to the Virgin Mary. Through this program we will show some of the most important fields of Spanish music culture during the Middle Ages, such as Mozarabe singing, Arabigo-Andaluza and Sefardi music, the musical and polyphonic practices of the Camino de Santiago through Llibre Vermell, and Codex Calixtinus, the Cantigas of Amigo, Cantigas of love and religious cantigas, represented by Martin Codax, El Rei Don Dinis, Cantigas de Santa Maria and others.


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