The Music and Arts in Costa Rica

Music and arts is plentiful in Costa Rica. This is due to a combination of factors. Firstly, the indigenous people are creative with a history of excellence within these areas, and secondly the amazing natural environment has attracted people from overseas to migrate into the country and develop their skills in the region.

There are no doubts that there are many artists who are inspired by the natural environment in which the country is renowned for. Luis Carlos Campos is only 24 yet already he is receiving rave reviews for some of the work he is producing. He combines oil works with pencil works and even dabbles in tattoo art. His range is impressive as he is even writing a book and sculpting from woodwork.

Francesco Amighetti with a painting he produced

Campos is one of a growing number of young artists in the country and there are also world-famous artists whose works has been in evidence for decades. Francesco Amighetti passed away in 1998 but during his career his work plotted the history of the country through its most turbulent periods. The success of his different forms of art, which included surrealism and abstract expressionism, saw him travelling extensively to exhibit his pieces in art galleries in the world’s major cities. The best place to see his works is at the Museum of Costa Rican Art in San Jose’s La Sabana Park.

The Museum of Costa Rican Art

This museum is a former airport and is just one of many galleries that display the country’s art. Galleria Namu and Sarchi are two such galleries that showcase the regions creative talents. At Mono Azul they create a totally unique experience. Mono Azul is actually a hotel. Guests can stay and while they are there they can view the work of the artists in residence. The hotel itself is a beautiful architectural structure located on the edge of a 100-acre rainforest.

Music in the country is as diverse as the art appealing to variety of tastes and different generations. Folk music is prominent in the country and on the Caribbean coastline it is influenced by Trinidadian Reggae producing a marimba sound. In Costa Rica a number of the ancient instruments, such as the ocarinas have been replaced by accordions and guitars. But generally, the folk music has been influenced by both Columbian and Mexican music and folk music still inspires the locals to dance at weddings and other celebration parties.

The population of the country have always loved their music. Many to bands such as Deep Purple, Aerosmith and Santana have travelled to the country to play concerts. This has inspired Costa Ricans to establish their own rock bands, such as Tango India and Grecco. The band Ghandi have achieved most international recognition playing in the UK and the USA, as well as in a number of other countries. They have even shared concerts with Sting and Deep Purple. They are still producing albums today having started in 1997 and are as popular as ever in the country.

A more recent band that is emerging is ColorNoise. This three woman band have so far only played in Costa Rica, but their records are starting to achieve international acclaim, and the group are becoming increasingly popular with home audiences. Recently hip hop, rap and reggae music have become increasingly more popular among the nation’s younger audiences. The emergence of Ojo de Buey has heightened the interest in reggae music. The band from San Jose play a Latin style form of the music and have appeared throughout Northern and Central America.

It is hardly surprising that a country with no army has a strong arts and music scene. The country inspires its population’s creative genes, and this is reflected with the strength of the arts and the music today.