Robert Garfias recordings: Marimba Music of Tehuantepec, 1972

Overview of the Collection

Garfias, Robert
Robert Garfias recordings: Marimba Music of Tehuantepec
15 items  :  84-42.1-2 OT - 2 reels (15 ips, 1/2 tr.); 84-42.3 D - 1 reel (7 1/2 ips, 1/2 tr. mono.); 84-42.4-7 EC - 4 reels (7 1/2 ips, 2 tr. stereo, 7"); 8 WAV files (48 kHz, 24-bit); Duration: 3:16:36
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Masters and dubs of University of Washington Press recording (from original field recordings of Robert Garfias), featuring marimba music.
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
Ethnomusicology Archives
Box 353450
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2065430974
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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Robert Garfias was born in San Francisco in 1932, the child of Mexican-American parents. As a youngster he studied classical guitar and jazz saxophone. In high school he studied Western classical music composition, and he formed a jazz combo that played gigs for beatniks in the North Beach area of San Francisco, where he traveled in a circle of musicians that included Dave Brubeck, Vince Delgado, Vince Guaraldi, Harry Partch, and Bill Smith. During his career he founded the ethnomusicology program at the University of Washington; served as Dean of Arts at the University of California, Irvine, as a member of the Smithsonian Council, and as a presidential appointee to the U.S. National Council for the Arts; and conducted significant periods of fieldwork and language study in Japan, Okinawa, Korea, the Philippines, Mexico, Zimbabwe, Central America, Burma, Romania, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, and among Okinawans in the United States.

- Society for Ethnomusicology Newsletter (Vol. 7, No. 4, September 2013)

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Compiled and recorded by Robert Garfias.


84-42.1 OT - appears to be LP master for "Marimba Music of Tehuantepec"; contains bands 1-3 of record one, side one.

84.42.2 OT - appears to be LP master for "Marimba Music of Tehuantepec"; contains bands 4-5 or record one, side one.

84-42.3 D - appears to be dub of "Marimba Music of Tehuantepec"; but includes only 17 of 19 songs on record and in a different order.

84-42.4-7 EC - copy of 2-record set, "Marimba Music of Tehuantepec"; University of Washington Press UWP-1002, 1972 (made from UW Music Listening Center copy for dubbing requests (out of print) 3/86)

Transmission Data: Digital files created 8/2014 - 84-42.1.wav (13:43), 84-42.2.wav (10:31), 84-42.3A.wav (42:43), 84-42.3B.wav (38:35), 84-42.4.wav (23:35), 84-52.5.wav (23:39), 84-52.6.wav (17:56), 84-52.7.wav (25:54) (48 kHz, 24-bit)

Documentation: Photo-copy of record album notes.

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Ethnomusicology
  • Marimba music
  • Music--Mexico

Geographical Names

  • Mexico
  • North America

Form or Genre Terms

  • Field recordings
  • Sound Recordings