Music from the Andes with Chaskinakuy |

Music from the Andes with Chaskinakuy

Trio Chaskinakuy (chass-ski-NOCK-wee) will bring traditional music from the Andes to The Miners Foundry on Sunday, Oct. 17. Join our community for an uplifting afternoon of compelling melodies and infectious rhythms of the high mountains of Peru. Doors open at 2:15 p.m.

Deeply rooted in mountains that rise well above 10,000 feet, the traditional music from the Andes is both profoundly earthbound and joyously uplifting.

As Trio Chaskinakuy, Andean music specialists Edmond Badoux, Francy Vidal and Daniel Zamalloa perform the music of high mountain festivities in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, northern Chile and Argentina.

The trio sings in Spanish and in Quechua and brings to the stage an extraordinary, museum-quality collection of up to 30 regional instruments. Playing flutes and panpipes of bamboo, bone and feathers, goatskin drums, armadillo shell charango, Peruvian harp, violin, a 10-foot long trumpet and much more, Chaskinakuy captures the sounds of the Andes and the imaginations of audiences. In the spirit of the Quechua word meaning to give and receive from hand to hand among many, Chaskinakuy invites listeners on an unforgettable musical journey.

Founders Badoux and Vidal have been dedicated explorers and interpreters of traditional music from South America’s Andes Mountains for over 30 years. With a commitment to cultivate greater appreciation for that musical tradition through live performance, the couple formed Chaskinakuy as a touring ensemble in 1985. Together, and in collaboration with music, theater, and dance groups, they have given hundreds of concert, music festivals and educational performances across the U.S., Canada and in Switzerland.

Musicians and teaching artists, Badoux and Vidal have been on the staff at the Lark Music & Dance Camp since 1989, and from 1998 to 2002, co-directed Viento, the San Francisco Bay Area-based all-wind community ensemble. They have presented educational programs and hands-on workshops to more than a quarter-million kindergarten- through university-level students nationwide and have provided resource materials for textbook publishers Macmillan and Schirmer.

Chaskinakuy is featured in the 2002 and 2005 Schirmer Books CD and college textbook entitled, “Worlds of Music: An Introduction to the Music of the World’s Peoples.”

A multiple recipient of the California Arts Council’s Multi-Cultural Grant, Chaskinakuy was also selected for six seasons in the Council’s Touring and Presenting Program. Badoux and Vidal have produced three recordings on the Chaskinakuy label, A Flor de Tierra (2002), Cosecha (1993), and Music of the Andes (1988).

Since 1995 they have collaborated with musician/composer Zamalloa in concert performances, traditional celebrations, regional tours and recording projects. On Peruvian violin, guitar and mandolin, he joins them on their recording “A Flor de Tierra.”

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