Reunión II Performance Festival
Exposición Island, Honduras

Curated by Andreas Wagner and Adán Vallecillo


 about departure
Shell horns have been used for centuries by indigenous and Pacific Island natives such as the Garifunas on the Caribbean coast of Honduras where I was born.

The shell horn is the only wind instrument used today in Garifuna traditional music and has a strong spiritual connection between the ocean and life.This instrument was commonly employed by Native Americans and may have also been used among West Africans, the exact origin and date of its initial use among the Garifuna are unknown. I learned to play it since I was a child.

The shell is made into a wind instrument when the pointed spiral top is cut off and the air is blown through the aperture with the lips. The closed, buzzing-lip embouchure used in playing orchestral brass instruments is also used to create the sound known as "the spirit of the ocean" through the shell.

Today I want to celebrate that we are alive and together in these uncertain times.

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