The guitar is one of the world’s oldest musical instruments. It can be traced back roughly 4,000 years, when images of stringed instruments appeared on cave walls in tomb paintings.
For this installment of Urban Voices, we got together with one of the finest classic guitar interpreters in the world, Ricardo Cobo.
Classical guitarist Ricardo Cobo inspired by Magical RealismThe guitar is one of the world’s oldest musical instruments. It can be traced back roughly 4,000 years, when images of stringed instruments appeared on cave walls in tomb paintings.
Cobo has played the instrument since he was seven years old, and has gained notoriety by winning many international competitions and scholarships. He was the first Hispanic to win the Guitar Foundation of America prize, and has been honored by the government of his native Colombia for his contribution to music. Cobo even has a guitar named after him.
He has delighted audiences worldwide with concerts and performers. Nowadays, he is a professor at the University of Nevada. He was recently in Washington and told us about the inspiration for his last work: none other than Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the inventor of Magical Realism.
Washington journalist Juan Carlos Iragorri spoke with us about Gabriel Garcia Marquez at Washington DC’s 51st State Tavern. The two men worked together in Colombia at the magazine “Cambio” of which Garcia Marquez was the director.