“From the deserts of Morocco to the lushness of India to the frozen tundra of Lapland to the grassy steppes of Mongolia, the filmmaker offers the txalaparta as a conduit for communication that transcends culture, geography, and language.”
“He confronts the extinction of a lifestyle armed only with a camera and a little-played Basque instrument, the txalaparta.”
“As seen in the film, the way to address this was pretty simple, generally just with the two of them and cameraman / director Raúl de la Fuente arriving in the communities where they hoped to film: "When we made the ride to a little village, the first thing we did was play the txalaparta," Otxoa says.”
“It's the nature of what they do under the musical name of Oreka Tx -- they play the txalaparta, one of the few instruments that this one.”
“Soon the txalaparta (often abbreviated as "tx") took hold as an instrument not just of music but of Basque culture and pride at a time when it was being squashed under the continued rule of Spain by fascist”
“And among the Sámi people in the Lapland region of north Sweden, they even made a txalaparta entirely of ... ice!”
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