The txalaparta is a unique instrument in the world. It is played between two people. One sets the rhythm and the other breaks it, fragments it. Not mechanically and precisely, but rather creating something new, organic and living. The music generated from this dialogue does not belong to either of the two musicians, but is the expression of the dialogue between them, of the encounter between them. The txalaparta is not just a musical instrument. It is an attitude, a way of meeting and approaching the other person. The txalapartari has to be something more than just a musician. He or she has to develop not only certain skills, but also certain virtues. When the txalaparta is being played, a set of concepts come together which may appear contradictory, but are really complementary: the txalapartari must cede part of the rhythm, while confidently affirming his or her own; the txalapartari must be creative and, at the same time, humble; the txalapartari must know how to strike strongly and then remain listening in silence.

The txalaparta is in itself a exercise of fusion and encounter. It is the only instrument known on which the rhythm and the melody are played by two people, who have to communicate with each other silently and invisibly in order to create between them music which does not belong exclusively to either of them. The txalapartari cannot be an egocentric or an introverted musician and must know how to cede, to converse, in order to create something new. That is the essence of the txalaparta just as wood is its original raw material.

The music which rises from the txalaparta is born of the encounter between two people: one sets the basic rhythm -ttakun- and the other one breaks it, creating sounds in the space which the first leaves free -herrena-. Order and chaos unite and something new arises from this encounter. The encounter is only fruitful when a basis upon which improvisation can elaborate on has been established. It is an exercise in equilibrium between established rules –tradition- and creative freedom –innovation-.

Nömadak TX seeks to expand and extend the communicative essence of the txalaparta. If encounter is at the very heart of this instrument, then let’s make it a meeting place for encounters with other sounds, other musicians, other cultures. It is music, an artistic vehicle of communication between people.

más propio de este instrumento es el encuentro, hagamos de él el lugar en torno al cual encontrarse con otros sonidos, otros músicos, otras culturas.

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