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Cosquín folk music festival set to kick off today

Musicians Jorge Rojas, left, opens Cosquín Festival tonight. Juan Falú, right, will pay tribute to his uncle Eduardo on Wednesday.

The 54th edition of the traditional Festival de Cosquín — featuring folk music as well as other popular genres — will open tonight with former Los Nocheros lead singer Jorge Rojas headlining the programme together with nascent star Bruno Arias. Other stars include award-winning crossover sensation Abel Pintos, poncho-swirling Soledad Pastorutti, back-to-roots performer Chaqueño Palavecino, guitar virtuoso Juanjo Domínguez, the MJC trio and harmonica player Franco Luciani.

For many decades solely devoted to folk music, Cosquín gradually expanded to become a more eclectic event. Held over nine consecutive days — hence the popular monicker “Las nueve lunas de Cosquín,” or “Cosquín’s Nine Moons” — the festival runs through February 2 as an attraction for tourists and music fans arriving from all over the country.

Performing tonight will be Sergio Galleguillo, Los Visconti, “La Bruja” Salguero, Mario Boffil, Paula Basalo and the Santiago del Estero delegation.

Speaking ahead of the opening, guitarist Juanjo Domínguez said that playing guitar at Cosquín entails facing a crowd no longer eager to listen, “but this is the way it is, and Cosquín is an important showcase for artists.”

Guitar wizard Juan Falú, who comes from a family of legendary musicians, will on Wednesday perform a tribute concert for his uncle Eduardo Falú, who died on August 9 last year aged 90. Entitled Falú por Falú, his show will also feature Liliana Herrero on vocals, Marcelo Chiodi on wind instruments, and Lilián Saba on piano.

A parallel event, Cultura en acción, will run from today through February 2. The series will feature poetry, movie screenings, book presentations, painting and photograph exhibitions.

Herald with Télam

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