Set up by Socorro Velasco 27 years ago, Casa la Marimba in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Mexico is a school for children and young people to come to learn and play the marimba, a wooden percussion instrument famous in the state of Chiapas.
Velasco founded the school to encourage interest from young people in the marimba and to nurture talented players from different backgrounds and ethnic groups. Velasco is keen to pass on knowledge and talent of older generations of marimba masters to younger children and her dedication has paid off with various ensembles travelling to perform all over Mexico and the world.
The marimba is the only instrument played by a team and this encourages strong team work and collaboration between players.
For BP Art Exchange, students from Casa La Marimba are creating soundtracks to performative portraits created by children from Oakthorpe Primary School in London at Tate Modern. We look forward to sharing the results on the BP Art Exchange platform in the ‘Performative Portraits’ group.