Musical Concepts on Percussion Instruments

Educational capsules

Tambuco Percussion Ensemble

General Audience

The Tambuco Percussion Ensemble presents educational capsules on prehispanic percussion instruments, Latin American and Mexican percussive traditions, and composing for percussion instruments. The concepts that are explored in the capsules include the concept of pulse with different percussion instruments, the use of hand percussion with different percussion instruments, the use of percussion instruments to create color and texture in a musical work, the use of keyboards as percussion instruments, and the use of body percussion.

Cris Derksen 04 credit Tanja Tiziana LR.

Musical Programme


Creative Team:

Alfredo Bringas 

Ricardo Gallardo 

Miguel González 

Raúl Tudón

Creation Date:



Fully produced educational video capsules


Embedded public YouTube video from the Library of Congress Media Collection on your organization's website

Running Time:

about 5 minutes per capsule (5 capsules in total)


English with English subtitles

Add-on Options:


Recent Digital Performances:

  • Library of Congress (Washington, DC)


Four of the world’s very top percussionists, the Tambuco players are masters of both contemporary and vernacular styles. “Mesmerizing creativity…subtle and forceful artistry…,” comments Gramophone, “ the members of Tambuco are chameleons on dozens of instruments.” Touring the globe for a quarter century, the quartet is sought after by partners like Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil for projects like the orchestra’s special centennial commission from Gabriela Ortiz. Don’t miss their breathtaking performance for the Library’s annual Founder’s Day concert, coming to us from their studio in Veracruz, Mexico.