Banco Marímbula (Marímbula Bench)
2012 – 2014
Marímbula Bench (Turquoise)  and Marímbula Bench (Yellow)  are a new breed of musical instruments that assume the shape of a public square bench. These pieces were created using the keys of an old Victrola from 1957 and inspired by the sound and homemade aesthetics of an old Caribbean musical instrument -now in disuse- called the marímbula. The marimbula is quiet archaic bass instrument used in the beginnings of salsa and son music, of African origins. The idea of placing a marímbula within a wood bench is to invite the public to experiment with the instrument and play collectively. The ideal setting for the work would be to make a public square of marimbula benches, where the public space is constructed by the melody of the benches played collectively.
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