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Cuatrista José Gabriel Muñoz after his oral history interview with the Raíces Digital Archive.

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The Puerto Rican cuatro is unofficially known as the national instrument of Puerto Rico. It is used to play the traditional jíbaro music of the mountains of Puerto Rico.

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Close up José Gabriel Muñoz’s modern ten-string cuatro while he plays after his oral history interview for the Raíces Digital Archive.

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José Gabriel Muñoz gave the Raíces Digital Archive crew a short private concert after his oral history interview.

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José Gabriel Muñoz speaking with Raíces Cultural Center director Francisco G. Gómez after his oral history interview with the Raíces Digital Archive Crew

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Cuatrista José Gabriel Muñoz demonstrates how the cuatro is interpreted with classical music.An excerpt from Cello Suite No.1 by J.S. Bach interpreted by José Gabriel Muñoz. The Cello Suite was transposed and arranged on the cuatro by Alvin Medina.…

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Excerpt from concert presented by Gabriel Munoz & Melodías Borinqueñas on April 3, 2019 at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. 2/2

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Excerpt from concert presented by Gabriel Munoz & Melodías Borinqueñas on April 3, 2019 at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ.

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Excerpt from a performance by cuatrista José Gabriel Muñoz at the Library of Congress.

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José Gabriel Muñoz at the premiere of the film “Raúl Juliá: The World’s a Stage” at the Tapia Theater in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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José Gabriel Muñoz performing at the Tapia Theater in San Juan, PR for the movie premiere of “Raúl Juliá: The World’s a Stage”.

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On October 20, 2019, Raíces Cultural Center had the honor of conducting an oral history interview with cuatrista José Gabriel Muñoz. Download a PDF of the full oral history interview transcript here: José Gabriel Muñoz Interview Transcript

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On October 20, 2019, Raíces Cultural Center had the honor of conducting an oral history interview with cuatrista José Gabriel Muñoz. Download the full oral history interview transcript here (PDF)

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Drummers playing the barriles de bomba at the 5th Encuentro de Tambores in Juncos, Puerto Rico.

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Thousands of participants at the 5th Encuentro de Tambores surrounded delegations from dozens of towns to enjoy, share, and participate in the music, song and dance of bomba, a tradition from the island of Puerto Rico. This event was held in the…

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Performing the tradition of "los vejigantes de Puerto Rico" with the delegation from Loíza at the 5th Encuentro de Tambores in Juncos, Puerto Rico.

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Young dancer conversing with the drum at the 5th Encuentro de Tambores in Juncos, Puerto Rico.
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