Efrén López, The Queen of Spain, A Fretted Hurdy Gurdy, subtract a Pope – S2E1HGC

This podcast was released at February 27th, 2021 at 3:00 AM Eastern Time Zone, as the Moon is perfectly Full. (For show notes and podcast audio, scroll down, down, down…)
Our guest today is Efren Lopez.

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Hurdy Gurdy Cafe Season 2 Episode 1

Efren Lopez

Featured Music: Can Vei La Lauzeta Mover · Els Trobadors

1) How was Efren Lopez introduced to the Hurdy Gurdy?

2) Where and when did the sound of early music develop?

3) How does Efren Lopez feel when he plays music?

4) How does the Queen of Spain feel about Efren’s music?

5) How powerful is the Hurdy Gurdy?

6) What was Efren Lopez’s first hurdy gurdy?

7) How does Efren Lopez approach recording with the Hurdy Gurdy?

8) What do fretless double neck guitars and E-bows have in common?

Featured Music: Black Os – Tiennet – Patrick Bouffard

9) Who influenced Efren Lopez the most?

10) What are Efren Lopez’s favorite instruments?

11) What is a fretted hurdy gurdy?

12) Is there a fretted nerdy gurdy hurdy gurdy?

13) What is Efren’s favorite hurdy gurdy tuning?

14) What is Efren’s advice to beginning to play the hurdy gurdy?

15) What was Efren’s experience with the Queen of Spain?Featured Music: Hedningarna – Polska efter Olof Tillman

Special thanks to Sergio Gonzalez (https://www.zanfoneando.com/) and Efren Lopez (https://www.efrenlopez.net/instruments/).

The Hurdy Gurdy Cafe Season 1 Episode 1 with Sergio Gonzalez

This podcast was chosen to launch on July 20th, 2020 around 1:35 PM Eastern Time Zone to coincide with the near perfect new Moon. (For show notes, scroll down down down…)

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The Hurdy Gurdy Cafe Podcast Season 1 Episode 1- Show Notes

What does Sergio Gonzalez have to say about:
What is the Hurdy Gurdy all about? (Where’s the air?)
What is the Organistrum?
A very brief history of the Hurdy Gurdy.
What is Avant Garde Hurdy Gurdy?
What’s going on with “Coil – La Loco, Paris, France (2004-05-23)”?
Who is Marc Egea?
Who is Efren Lopez?
What does Jimmy Page have to do with the hurdy gurdy?
Does Nigel Eaton like being considered a rock star?
Why is the hurdy gurdy gaining so much popularity?
What is “Easy Listening Gurdy”?
What is the Cretan Lyra?

Featured Music

Tobie Miller – Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, track #8 from the Bach Solo Album

Nigel Eaton – Three Sharks, Track #7 from the Pandaemonium Album
With Andy Cutting, Paul James, Mark Davies, Julie Murphy, and Becky Price

Cliff Stapleton – The Almond and the Olive – From the Bath Folk Festival in 2011.

Questions Answered

What is the best approach to learning the Hurdy Gurdy?
How do you make the most out of a mid to low range hurdy gurdy instrument?
What is an HGSO? (It’s not a hurdy gurdy.)
What is a Nerdy Gurdy? – http://www.nerdygurdy.nl/
How about Gordiy Starukh or Robert Mandel as Hurdy Gurdy builders?
Do hurdy gurdy’s use air to make sounds, or is that just a lyra organizzata?
How does the hurdy gurdy actually make sounds?
Is a Hurdy Gurdy and a wheel fiddle the same thing?
What is an Infinite Violin Bow?!?!
Why doesn’t my hurdy gurdy sound very good?
What should one expect when ordering or buying a new hurdy gurdy?
What should I know about Marco Gammara or ELZ Guitars?

Thanks for being with us Sergio Gonzalez. Learn more about what Sergio is up to at: