Tarka

Name: Tarka.
Type: Fipple / Duct Flute > Aerophones.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 421.211.12
Country: Bolivia & Peru.
Region: South America.

Description: The tarka [in Quechua, Aymara: tharqa] is an pre-Colombian indigenous flute of the Andes. The tarka is a unique flute of the Andes made by artisans from the western region of Bolivia and Peru Sierra region.

Sizes: The tarka has three variants: big, medium (tuned by fifth above) and small (tuned by octave above). Usually all three kinds of tarka are used together in a big ensemble, all playing the same melody on three voices at fixed intervals and accompanied by percussion instruments [tinya, wankar]. This traditional genre is called tarqueada.

Construction: The tarka is built around the fipple / duct. Tarka’s usually have 6 finger holes. Either available in plain design or highly ornate with carvings and coloured painting.

Citations: Bibliography ; Websites ; Pacoweb.net

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