Greco Acuña Cajón Sessions

Posted by on Jul 31, 2013 in Bands and Artists, Sessions, Video | No Comments

Chilean percussionist Greco Acuña was at Hot Milk Studio recording cajón a couple of weeks ago for an upcoming project with authentic Afro-Peruvian cajon loops. Some of the rhythms here include Festejo, Zamacueca, Marinera, Landó and more.

Greco was on a European tour with fellow Chilean, the composer, guitarist & vocalist Rodrigo Santa María who is one of our favourite guests at Hot Milk Studio.

Clip 1 with Greco Acuña:

Clip 2 with Greco Acuña:

Clip 3 with Greco Acuña:

Clip 4 with Greco Acuña:

Afro-Peruvian Music

Here’s a good Wikipedia article with some background on Afro-Peruvian music.

I love 6/8 and 12/8 rhythms because they allow so many multiple listening perspectives. And since 12 allows for division by 6,4, 3 and 2, there can be so much polyrhythmic action going on. To my (European) ears, these cajon patterns reveal a strong African influence and vibe. But there asre also many ideas from Spanish, Moorish, Andean, and Gypsy music and it’s all intertwined with native Chilean, Peruvian, Bolivian, Columbian, Brazilian, Argentinian ideas, so it’s very unique to South America.

The tumbao often emphasizes beats “2” and “3” of the three-beat count, so they sound almost backwards when you hear them for the first time.Basically, the bass notes often avoid accenting “1” and really “rock the boat”. Of course, this is similar to other rhythms from the African diaspora like Cuban 4-beat tumbao, Brazilian samba and even reggae. Gotta leave out the “1” if you want to have fun. But never mind the theory, just listen to how hypnotic and danceable these grooves are!

Of course, it gets much more complex than this, so please excuse my superficial descriptions … I’m definitely not an expert on this stuff.

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