Manolo Quiros – Bagpipe Book


Manolo Quirós, wrote “El Libro de la Gaita” (Bagpipe Book) in 1993, published by Cultural Association Linares from El Entrego (Asturias). 

This book is in our Asturian Bagpipe Books you need to know and on this post you can read about which information about the Asturian Bagpipe this book add to our learning materials.


Manolo Quiros - Who was this bagpiper?

Manolo Quiros was a bagpiper and bagpiper teacher who was born in Ricabo, Quiros (Asturias) in 1949. When he was young had learned the asturian traditional music from his father Emilio, an asturian music singer and, also, sang the Asturian Bagpipe Mass. Manolo learned to play the harmonica, accordion and also the piano, when he was studying in Labor University from Gijon. 


Manolo Quirós – Playing the Bagpipe with Asturian Singers in a Bar

In 1967 Manolo started to live in Madrid to study Telecommunications Degree, and in this city, contacted with the Madrid’s Asturian Center. In this site was studying Asturian Bagpipe with Rogelio Fernandez and Graciano Lafuente.

Returns to Asturias in 1974 and he started to play the bagpipe with famous musicians like el Presi o Nuberu. As a result of this work Manolo Quiros was one of the first asturian bagpipers who play with a guitar or an electric bass.

Manolo Quirós – Atapeciendo from Disc “Latidos de la Tierra” (2000)

Manolo Quiros started to teach Asturian Bagpipe in year 1982 in Aviles and Castrilloin, he was the titular teacher for Asturian Bagpipe and Drums in Gijon’s Popular University. Many years later he was teaching in various schools, stand out the Oviedo’s Music School.

He dies in 2001 and leave to us his music legacity with 8 published discs and the “Bagpipe Book” like his big research about the bagpipe. After his died, in Oviedo have created the Traditional Music School which it’s named with his name “Manolo Quiros”.

My personal history with Manolo Quiros

In 1998 I was decided to start to play the Asturian Bagpipe in Oviedo, where I live nowadays. Therefore I asked to my school friend Lucia, who played the Asturian Bagpipe, where I could start to learn this instrument. She talked to me about the Oviedo’s Music School and I was to find this site.

In this age, I didn’t have no idea about Asturian Bagpipe, no idea about the asturian traditional music, no idea about nothing. I was only have a cassette named “Viento de Ciudad” (City Wind) published by Manolo Quiros.


Manolo Quirós – Viento de Ciudad  (City Wind)- 1988

Only with this information, I was starting my first Asturian Bagpipe Lesson. At this moment, appeared Manolo Quiros like my teacher. I was excited because the one bagpiper who I knew it’s my new teacher.

Manolo helped me to know my first bagpipe themes and, above all, know our Asturian traditional music which was behind our music instrument. I was learning with Manolo Quiros 2 years and there are many years since this lessons.

My final history about Manolo, I was searching more than 5 years the Manolo Quiros’s book, because this book is discontinued. I looked up in old libraries during this time.

Manolo Quiros - Bagpipe Book

Bagpipe Book which published by Manolo Quiros un 1993 is the result from his personal work during his bagpipe teaching during the years. 

On this book we can find a first part wide with 89 pages writing about the Asturian Bagpipe History, the bagpipe ancient works and the rest European Bagpipes.


Manolo Quirós – El Libro de la Gaita (Bagpipe Book) – 1993

A very importante section on this book talked about the bagpipe manufacturing process, above all, the animal bag maintenance. We need to remember that the bags for the bagpipe was made with animal skins and this material kind needs a specific maintenance.

Also about this theorical information, this book have a musical instrument studies and add to us 101 Bagpipe themes which Manolo Quiros used to play.

Bagpipe Book - Manufacturing Process

My opinion about this book, the manufacturing process is the best share to us on this work. The manufacturing process and maintenance for the Asturian Bagpipe. We need to remember that ancient bagpiper needed to know all the process around the bagpipe because in their age they didn’t have luthiers or musical accessories like nowadays.


Manolo Quirós – Chanter Manufacturing Process

I was a lucky guy, I knew Manolo Quiros and I could be his student. He is a key person to understand the Asturian Bagpipe evolution and I will talk about him on next posts.

Hope see you soon!

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