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Traditional Mexican Melodies
17 Songs in lead sheet format for marimba and all instruments
by Israel Moreno & Arthur Lipner
physical & digital, 36 pgs, released Nov. '23
“For years I've been searching for lead sheets of Mexican music. I'm thrilled to share this fantastic collection with the world! Israel and I have included examples of how to play the basic grooves with bass and chords (see below). The music is so idiomatic for marimba - and so fun to play!
Play these pieces solo, with a band, or make arrangements for your own ensemble. Enjoy the wonderful traditions of Mexican marimba music!"
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"Traditional Mexican Melodies" helps fill a void in the availability of traditional Mexican music for marimba. A big step forward...clear accurate notation, chord symbols, chord voicings for various songs... Kudos to Israel Moreno & Arthur Lipner!"
Victor Rendón, Bronx Conexión Latin Jazz Big Band (bandleader), Lehman College NYC)
Table of Contents (17 songs)
Rhythm explanation (pg 1 of 2)
Sample lead sheets (easy to medium difficulty)
Mexican native Israel Moreno is today's leading scholar and performer of traditional Mexican marimba music. His Doctoral thesis in fulfillment of his DMA from Univ of Austria (Graz) is the most comprehensive history of Mexican marimba ever written. Israel appeared in the documentary TALKING STICKS (2016). Moreno resides in Chiapa de Corzo, Mexico.
Composer/Educator/Performer Arthur Lipner has travelled the world many times over. He has performed in Mexico during several trips, including one concert at "Marimba Park" in Chiapa de Corzo. Arthur interviewed Israel and marimba maker Carlos Nandayapa in Mexico for the documentary TALKING STICKS (2016). Lipner resides in the NYC area.
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