Bercebo: an ephemeral instrument | Isolabella | Visual Ethnography

Bercebo: an ephemeral instrument

Matías Isolabella, Salvatore Rossano


Bercebo (giant feather grass) is one of the popular names of the bunchgrass scientifically known as Stipa Gigantea, native to southern Europe. With this grass, shepherds once built ephemeral instruments, which they used to entertain themselves as the sheep grazed.
Angelo Arribas is a traditional musician and luthier from the Portuguese region of Tras-os-Montes, close to the border with Spain. We first met him during the development of a research project that involved different institutions and researchers: our duty was to investigate the idea of border in both sides of the frontier and valuate its impact on traditional music.


bercebo; traditional music; Portugal; ethnomusicology

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ISSN Print 2499-9288
ISSN Online 2281-1605
Publisher Edizioni Museo Pasqualino
Patronage University of Basilicata, Italy
Web Salvo Leo

Periodico registrato presso il Tribunale di Palermo con numero di registrazione 1/2023