De La Calle Quena Flute™
Dr. Luis De La Calle
ART AND INNOVATION
Many thousands of years ago was the civilization of Atlantis located where the Atlantic Ocean is situated today. Its people and its highly developed civilization were advanced in all respects, and especially concerning knowledge of the spiritual way. They had the Quena and the trumpet not only as wind music instruments but as well as instruments of antigravity forces. For some reason, these people and the whole civilization of Atlantis went deep down in the sea because of a flooding catastrophe. Some very few of the Atlantis people survived where today they are to be found in the Andes mountains, but they lost much of their spirituality. The remaining people from Atlantis were using the Quena to express lamentations caused by their separation from the divinity, and the spiritual way. That is the reason why the Quena in the Andes sounds and transmits deep sadness of lamentation
At the music conservatory in Denmark, he discovered a fidelity to normative knowledge, i.e. writing and reading scores. With the desire to integrate the timbre design of the bamboo flutes of Peru, Japan and India and ultimately their culture with European culture, he invented The De La Calle Quena Flute. Based on this invention, he obtained a bachelor’s degree of soloist and two masters degrees in education at Lund University, Sweden
The De La Calle Quena Flute™ combines the body from a Boehm flute with a head joint designed as it is to be found on the classical Quena flute of the Incas in Peru. This “new” flute has a larger register than the original Quena in the low register, adding the notes F#1, F1, E1, Eb1, D1, Db1, C1, and even low b if the flute has a b-foot joint. This construction makes it possible to keep a rather original Quena sound. Due to the key mechanism of the Boehm flute, it is possible to use chromatic patterns in any tempo, and with good intonation.
The De La Calle Quena Flute™ has striking similarities with the sound and articulation of the Quena, which creates vast possibilities concerning tonal colors. The idea to combine a Quena’s head joint with a Boehm flute is the realization of the search for a fusion of ethnic world music with Blues and jazz improvisation, and as well as integrating elements of contemporary extended techniques for the flute
The De La Calle Quena Flute™ by Moises Matos/Thing is a great flute innovation that makes me even more stimulated and attracted to Peruvian music, which I was always a big fan of. The De La Calle Quena Flute™ covers styles and sonorities creating the Boehm flute into a new instrument with a new sound, full of renovated energy. I would like to invite every flautist in the world to this magnificent experience and to be part of the De La Calle Quena Flute™ family.
The De La Calle Quena Flute™ head joint made by Moises Matos is an extremely versatile “super” Quena. It’s one of the most powerful, useful, & refreshing flute components to come in a long time. It is the “brain-child” of Luis De La Calle Aramburu, a Peruvian flautist. I use it professionally in many different situations, from live performances to recordings, and it is one of the most powerful tools in my collection. Now it can become part of yours as well!