Tartu, the Northern Europe city who adopted the street organ grinders.

When we think in the street organ grinder tradition, we usually think in Mexico City. Also we may think in Germany. Germany is the country with the most street organ instruments. But there is a little town within the Baltic states. This town is Tartu (in Northern Europe on the eastern coast, just in border Read More …

90-year-old Chilean organ-grinder receives culture award

One day after the 100th birthday of Margot Loyola, the chilean Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage, Consuelo Valdés, announced the three winners of the “Margot Loyola Palacios  Lifework in Traditional Culture Award”. In a ceremony at the “Palacio La Moneda,” the winner announce are the members of the Tabake Folkloric Projection Ensemble of Playa Read More …

One of the last barrel organ builders believes in the future

Axel Stüber is one of the last four barrel organ builders in Germany. But the cult instrument threatens to die out. With his club, Stüber is now fighting for the future of the barrel organ. Gently, Axel Stüber turns the small whistle of bright alder wood between his fingers. A critical look, then a satisfied Read More …

Radio interview with the chilean organ grinders

The Lizana’s heritage begun at the 1930’s as the first generation street organ grinder, Hector Lizana Gutierrez played and sell toys in the streets and plazas in Santiago, Chile. Soon after he begun to play the drum as the music man called “chinchinero”. Radio Citoyens 102.5 in its program “Conexion Patrimonial”, talked with Hector and Read More …

Margot Wolf a 102 years old Berliner organ grinder

The 102-year-old Berliner continues to crank up the music box Berlin (DK). She has played in Switzerland, Denmark, France, Belgium and England but prefers to play in Berlin. Her name is Margot Wolf. At the age of 102, she is probably the oldest organ player in the world. “I do not know any older ones,” says the treasurer Read More …