Germán López brings original instrumental music from Spain’s Canary Islands to GIG Santa Fe for a solo concert on March 11.
López is a master of the timple, a Spanish five-string plucked string instrument that’s similar to a ukulele. It’s the traditional folk instrument of the Canary Islands.
López’s music isn’t traditional, however. He combines the grit of Spanish flamenco and the structure of West African rhythms with elements of contemporary jazz for a fresh sound experience.
Born in 1982, López began studying at the Conservatory of Music in Las Palmas when he was seven years old. By his 10th birthday, he was performing public concerts.
During his career, he has presented many duo and ensemble concerts as well as collaborated with symphony orchestras. Lately, he’s been performing extensively throughout Europe and Spain.