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Early Music in Motion presents singer and hurdy-gurdy player Tomás Lozano at the T.C. Steele State Historic Site.

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    Photo: Mia Partlow/WFIU

    Tomás Lozano performs in WFIU's Studio 3.

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    Photo: Courtesy Tomás Lozano

    Lozano performing the hurdy-gurdy live in concert.

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    Detail of the hurdy-gurdy played by Tomás Lozano.

Tomás Lozano stumbled onto the hurdy-gurdy at the age of 17 in his home country of Spain.  The instrument nearly died out in that country with the last traditional player in the 1950s. But thanks to the efforts of a handful of enthusiasts and performers, and a thriving tradition in other parts of Europe, the hurdy-gurdy is now seeing a resurgence.

Lozano will be presenting a lecture-concert July 17 at the T.C. Steel State Historic Site titled “A Journey Through Time with a Hurdy-Gurdy.” The concert is the first of two featuring Lozano presented by Bloomington-based Early Music in Motion.  Audience members will see models of the curious instrument as it evolved from the Medieval era to modern times, and Lozano will perform music from across the centuries.

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A Journey Through Time with a Hurdgy-Gurdy

Tomás Lozano unveils real models of this curious instrument, each of them retrieved from a specific period of history, complete with a performance.


T.C. Steele State Historic Site

July 17, 2011 at 3 p.m.

Early Music in Motion

Listen to the full conversation (28 minutes) to hear Lozano perform more music for the hurdy-gurdy, talk in length about details of the instrument and its history, and more.

View more videos of Tomás Lozano and his hurdy-gurdy at WFIU’s YouTube Channel.

 

 

 

 

David Wood

Originally from Leavenworth, Kansas, David Wood moved to Bloomington in 2005. He received his Bachelor of Music from Kansas State University, and his Master of Music from the University of North Texas. He studied ensemble direction at the Jacobs School of Music's Early Music Institute and joined WFIU in 2006 as an announcer. In 2008 he became WFIU's Music Director and also served as Art Bureau Chief from 2008-2013. David’s interests include Irish music and language (particularly traditional singing), music and religion, running, the outdoors, and, of course, classical music!

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