conjunction with the Basque Government has developed three different
photographic exhibits: one is of Basque musical instruments, the second
is on Basque traditional houses, and the third from the previous touring
exhibit of Basque culture.
Photo Exhibit I: Basque Musical Instruments
musical instrument itself can be a beautiful object; it can have a
complex and meaningful structure but apart from this it is nothing, it
is lifeless. An instrumentalist or player gives it life and they
are the essential components of the musical instrument's being. On
the other hand, musical instruments and their players can offer music
but they have to provide it for someone, in a certain place, and at a
certain time, or it would make no sense. This explains why there
are three components involved: musical instruments, the players,
and the environment or atmosphere for the music.
This photographic exhibition includes some impressive photographs of traditional Basque
||This exhibit will debut at
the NABO Convention in Chino, CA (Aug. 2008). Then after
that, it will be rotated over time to different Basque
Soinu tresnak pamphlet (pdf)
Euskal Herria one of the most important components of popular culture is
its music. Today, in many fields, it is kept alive and in good health,
being one of the most noteworthy characteristics or signs of our own
culture, between Basques and the world at large.
There are many
elements that shape the music. The most notable: the sound, rhythm,
harmony and timbre. But without any doubt, those who have
influenced the particulars of music of each people, have been the
musical instruments used in their interpretation. All instruments
are in form and in its operation aspects and universal characteristics.
All over the world are known instruments for a site and another that are
similar, but is also true that the tools used in popular music, besides
being universal, and components have characteristics that make them
individuals and indigenous.
Photo Exhibit II: Basque traditional homes
This photographic exposition is a sample of the architecture found in the type of
traditional Basque dwelling, and is
suggestive of the strength, enthusiasm and the enterprising capacity of
the Basque people.
The traditional Basque home has undergone numerous variations between
the 16th century and our days, but it has always maintained certain common
elements that define each region of the Basque country: houses located in the region of Zuberoa tend to be very
austere, closed-in, lacking in ornamentation and with smooth rocks on
the facade, while ones found in Bizkaia are quite open, with balconies
stretching along their entire length and very elaborate structures of
wood and masonry found at the ends.
some opinions suggest otherwise, these buildings are not poor or popular
constructions. On the contrary, they were built with the most
advanced techniques known at the time, as demonstrated by the manner
of working the stone and the wood, two of their most basic elements.
Generally, in the oldest dwellings, the ground floor was occupied by the
kitchen and bedrooms, separate from the stable area, although all these
elements were in very close proximity. However, with the passage
of time, the living quarters came to occupy the first floor. Many
variations exist in this format.
The typology of the main entrance is also diverse: in regions close to
the sea, due to the more mild climate, the entryway is an open space
understood to be a meeting place, while in the area of the Pyrenees,
there is no such space.
roof is gabled, with the ridge being perpendicular to the facade and
with a southern orientation.
There is no one "typical" Basque home because of the regional
variations. In the
part of Zuberoa closer to the Pyrenees, they have double slopes on the
of the snowfall. In the area near the Cantabrian region, the roof
can have up to three slopes.
way that the wood frameworks are treated is another very characteristic
point that can be appreciated in this exhibit. In Goizueta (Nafarroa)
these works take on maximum importance, as their construction coincided
with times of economic plenty. The
exposition reflects all of these characteristics, helping to broaden our
understanding of this type of building which served as the core or
central unifying element of traditional Basque society--the "Etxea."
Photo Exhibit III: Basque culture
This exhibition first
debuted in 2006 and it has traveled to several Basque communities.
captions that serve as a means of informing the viewer about
various aspects of Basque culture.