Quitiplas in the Pocket

QUITIPLAS IN THE POCKET is a piece for solo improvisation on the slant style (naname) drums. The poly-meter base beat is adapted from the Venezuelan Quitiplas music with a choreographed solo cue that focuses on creating different tonalities of the drum.photo_discography.jpg

The quitiplas ensemble is played in a circle, as usually a dance is performed in the center.  Sometimes a lead singer tells a story, usually improvised, using call-response so dancers can relate and add moves to their basic steps.” -Jackeline Rago (San Francisco Orff Master Class, 2013)

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Quitiplas in Venezuela