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felix castro

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About felix castro

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    Chatty concertinist
  • Birthday 12/31/1970

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    My interests are traditional and folk music, mainly galician, in all its ways, books, scores, photographs, 78 rpm old discs.
    I play diatonic accordion, angloconcertina, and galician bagpipes in the closed fingering ancient style. I play usually with my twin brother, Cástor, that plays wooden flute and bouzouki.
    Other interests are martial arts, mainly taekwondo and haidong gumdo (the way of the korean sword), old books, including antique grimoires and esoteric books, travelling, etc.
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    ourense - galiza - spain

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  1. Hello all, it is for letting you know that finally today it is the date, our first CD is launched, the group TOR, with Félix Castro, with anglo concertina, button accordion and galician bagpipes, Cástor Castro with wooden flute and bouzouki; Álvaro Iglesias with double bass, and José Liz, with bouzouki and guitar-bouzouki. It can be downloaded from the most important sites. The cd would be launched in the next weeks. at Sure that you should recognize two tunes that were included in Anglo International. You can hear it from youtube too. Thankyou to all the people that had supported and to all the instrument makers that make such wonderful instruments Félix
  2. I have read with interest the evolution of the bodhrán, that I have seen time ago. The instrument seems originally very similar to the pandeira, a big tambourine that it is still played in galician music, I put here a link in which you can see also thethumbhole for holding thtae instrument. The most used similir instrument in Galicia, the pandeireta, the small pandeira, that it is smaller and galician people play it in a different way than the rest of Spain, we move the tambourine against the hand, not the hand against the instrument as it is usually in percussion instruments. We use rolls with almost all the fingers of the hand, the thumb too. For doing it easier the pandeireta is prepared with wax from a candle. If it is insteresting for somebody I can put a link to a youtube explanation of it that has english translations of the technique. I don't know if it is used in the pandeira, as it is bigger the style of playing is different, instead of moving the instrument, the musician moves his/her hand. In galicia people says that some times were constructed with sieves. Félix Castro
  3. I like also this song a lot, I haven't heard about him. Here is Besame Mucho but in a video version.
  4. Hello again, thankyou very much for all your comments. My brother and I have an album almost finished since more than twelve years ago, that was stopped as we had so many things to do, families, etc. Last year we began playing more again, and these months we are finishing it and probably it would be launched in some months, we shall put it in a spanish crowfunding web page soon. And yes, José and Álvaro are both nice persons and wonderful musicians, we enjoy a lot playing with them. Félix
  5. Thankyou very much for all your comments. I shall post another videos that I have just realized that I have never put here. All the best Félix Castro
  6. Ah! it is better for the sound, the use of headphones, because of the double bass. Because with the computer speakers the low sounds almost can't be appreciated.
  7. Hello again, I din't write any post for a while. Here I atach the link of a video recording of myself playing the concertina, with my brother Cástor playing the flute, and Álvaro Iglesias the double bass, and Xosé Liz the bouzuki. It is a piruxalda, a 2/4 tune similar to the asturian xiringuelu, saltón, and the vasconian purruxalda. and a 6/8 muiñeira. The muiñeiras are very common in galician and asturian music. It is a new group that we formed one year and a half ago, called Tor. We recorded another video of a mazurka composed by me and my brother, but it is played in melodeon. I suppose that it isn't the place for submitting it. If somebody wants the link, I can send it by private message. a
  8. It is a wonderful tune and beautifully played, that I like really very much!
  9. Hello, there is an article originally written in italian, but that it is possible to find it in spanish and engllish (this in scribd and perhaps another resource, I have it but I think that I find it outside scribd), titled "How to identify an old bandoneon", the original italian article is here http://lavozdelbandoneon.blogspot.com/p/bandoneon-4-tassonomia.html In which there is a lot information for identifying and dating an old bandoneon. There are photographies of the inlay , design of the "tapas de válvulas", etc. that are very useful for that. I have used it a lot, as I have bought three bandoneons since the last two years, one 144 einheits bandoneon, one 110 and one 142 argentinian layout, as in bandoneons there are a lot of different models and layouts, voices, and it can be confusing if not considered these questions. Félix
  10. As I am also interested in the 144 bandoneon, and I have contacted with Mr. Omar Caccia, the writer of the 144 bandoneon blogspot, I can tell some things. As Mr. Omar Caccia tells the 144 bandoneon was invented in 1924. Since then and as the bandonions intended to copy the sound of the accordion, they developed bandonions with two, three, even four sets of reeds, usually in the right hand. There are 144 bandonions i.e. with two sets of reeds in octave (low and medium, LM) in the left hand and in the right hand with two sets of reeds but not L M, they are with Medium Medium reeds (MM), with tremolo, giving a more accordion sound. As Mr. Omar tells 144 bandonions with L M in left and right are rare, and with zinc plates, even rarer. If the bandonion is with three sets and it is with LMM, it can work "setting off" one of the M reeds set. But if it is only with two sets, M M, it isn't possible to do. I have one 144 bandoneon gebruder meinel with LM in the left (I think) and MM in the right. I bought recently a alfred arnold with three sets of reeds, LMM, and I shall set off one of the M sets searching a more typical bandonion sound. Also the zinc plates have different sound than the aluminium plates.
  11. Hello, I know about several anglo concertina players in Madrid, there is a facebook group, concertina en España. But there is only a few of english concertina players in Spain, at least in that facebook group.
  12. Years ago they had a "model" specific to irish music that was the "County Clare" model, I own one of them since 2000. It is a small concertina very quickly and with a bright and loud sound, mine is with metal ends, although I like more nowadays the wooden ended concertinas (then I only had a wooden ended lachenal). As the other fellow members said they allow a high level of customization. Mine have a birds button, that I miss in my other concertinas (Suttner's i.e.).
  13. I like the layouts with the different octaves in different colours. They are very visual for learning and understanding the instrument. I think that Mark Steyton made this color coded layout, as it is told in this topic. https://www.concertina.net/forums/index.php?/topic/370-differnet-key-layouts-for-anglos/ I found the image in pininterest. I suppose that it is any problem to copy it here as an example. If not please delete it.
  14. Hello, I am Félix Castro, from Ourense - Galicia. Interesting your comments about ordering Stagi hayden concertinas in Europe, and sad news about your experience. Although I am an anglo concertina player, and I have also several maccanns duets. Some people ask me some times about haydens, etc.and where to buy a concertina. As you commented, in Spain it is very difficult for purchasing one, because it isn't an interesting instrument for dealers as there are very few players of it. Some months ago a galician man contacted with me because he wanted to order one in Spain, but he hasn't any answer of dealers in Spain, he finally ordered it from Jose Mari López, Musical Dumboa, from Irun - Basque Country, as he has the hayden stagi listed in his web page for selling, but Pepe had to insist several times in order to have any answer from José Mari.
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