Baquiano...

In the plains of Venezuela and Colombia, a baquiano is a person who knows a local landscape, and not just the geography but also the people and culture. The word turns up in song lyrics, where connotes the road-wisdom of an "old-timer", a specialist in dealing with "outsiders."

Baquiano is my program to promote and present Latin American harpists to new audiences. I create opportunities for qualified musicians to undertake a US tour. The program offers support services and a measure of sponsorship.

Here are guidelines for musicians interested in the program:

  • a promising young or relatively unknown musician may apply for support under the Baquiano program.
  • the applicant must have a record of professional performance in recent years, must have produced a CD, and must be of good character .
  • applicant must have the endorsement of a prominent Latin American harpist, who must nominate the applicant and vouch for his or her good character.
  • acceptance to the program is entirely at the discretion of Harping for Harmony Foundation, and is limited by currently available resources.

Terms of agreement between HHF and musician are as follows (negotiable):

  • HHF provides $500 in advance, for travel and other expenses
  • HHF receives revenue from sale of first 50 CD's (at $10), to reimburse initial investment.
  • HHF arranges a series of events for the public, and an itinerary. Events may include concerts or recitals; entertainment at restaurants; workshops for other musicians, etc.
  • If there is paid admission to an event, it is distributed as negotiated between the venue and HHF.
  • Tips and revenue from CD sales are collected and counted by HHF and distributed as negotiated with the musician.
  • Transportation (a motor vehicle) is provided by HHF, but fuel expense is accountable as a cost against total revenue for the tour.
  • meals and lodging are in cooperation or negotiation with local hosts (home stays where possible).

The In recent years, I've collaborated with others to sponsor three Latin harp events each year, roughly scheduled for September, March, and June-July. Those have been one or two-day events; this two-week tour with Hildo Ariel has been the largest by far, and is the widestThe present tour is by far the most ambitious, ranging from the suburbs of Washington, DC across West Virginia and Pennsylvania. 

  • In September, a Venezuelan harpist 

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