The Estudiantina Figueroa, or so-called “Spanish Students” troupe landed in New York in 1880 with bandurrias, exotic costumes and thrilling music, to receive an enthusiastic welcome. The response was immediate and predictable – they were copied. Their imitators, a group of Italian immigrants led by Carlo Curti, played mandolins instead of bandurrias, sparking a new musical enthusiasm in North America. They called themselves the “Original Spanish Students” and toured the country for several years, entertaining people in towns and cities far from New York City. Eventually, many of them settled down as music teachers and performers all around North America.
Volume 2 Number 2
- Mandolin Mania in Buffalo’s Italian Community, 1895 to 1918
- The Religious Taboo Against Eating Pork: A Hypothesis On Its Origin
- Transethnic Sojourns for Ethnomedical Knowledge among Igbo Traditional Healers in Nigeria: Preliminary Observations
- A Comparison of the Cultural Heritage Laws in the State of New York and Province of Ontario