The myth of the single- authored book lives on in spite of the fact we are
all in on the secret. The book in your hands would not be possible with-
out the cooperation and contribution of many different individuals, many
of whom I am sure I will forget as I make my way through the genealogy
of this text.
The project emerged in the realm of music performance and friend-
ships developed over the last seventeen years. I give my heartfelt thanks
to Rolando Encinas, the director of Música de Maestros, who over the
years has tolerated my itinerant comings and goings from his Bolivian
orchestra and has always welcomed me with rehearsals, recording ses-
sions, new pieces to learn, and other compelling reasons to practice my
violin. The names of the members of Música de Maestros are too numer-
ous to list here, but they all deserve recognition for their roles in keeping
me connected to Bolivian music. These shared musical moments always
pull me away from the textual realms that usually dominate the day- to-
day activities of an academic. They remind me of the importance of doing
music, even if I don’t make a living at it. I am grateful to those musicians
with whom I toured Japan and shared an intense three months on the
road: Rolando Encinas, Yuliano Encinas, Victor Hugo Gironda, Claudia
Gozalves, Koji Hishimoto, and Edwing Pantoja.
Many musicians in Japan and Bolivia shared with me their musical his-
tories. Special thanks go to Koji Hishimoto and Takaatsu Kinoshita for
helping me make contacts in Japan and for sharing the stories of their
extensive work in Bolivian music. Ernesto Cavour generously allowed me
to interview him three times over a period of several years. Addition-
ally, conversations and interviews with the following people were key
to the unpacking of this project: Virginia Benavides, Alejandro Cámara,
Juan Carlos Cordero, Donato Espinoza, Daiji Fukuda, Luis Guillén, Jiro
Hamada, Hitoshi Hashimoto, Kenichi Inazawa, Suyoku Ito, Ernesto Kawa-
moto, Zenobia Mamani, Shizue Shimada, Kaiya Yoshihiro, and members
of the groups Los Borrachos and Los Vientos.
On my annual visits to Bolivia, many people have welcomed me with
their generous hospitality and with their intellectual exchanges about
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