Fri, Sep 4th | 6:30 PM
Saturday, August 17, 2013 ♦ 8:00 PM
4544 N Lincoln Ave · Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall · 773.728.6000
Raíces del Ande was founded in 1983 by six Chicago-based Bolivian university students. The group's style, known internationally as Andean music, combines indigenous, Spanish, and African influences. The Andean sound features a correspondingly wide array of instruments -some well known, such as guitar and harp, and others unique to South America, such as the quena (a vertical wooden or cane flute) and the charango (a tiny guitar-like instrument originally made using the shell of an armadillo) both native to Bolivia, and the bombo (a large drum with a hairy cowhide head). The lyrics of Raíces del Ande's songs have roots in folk tradition and address ageless questions of freedom and justice.
Raíces del Ande played a key role in bringing world music to Chicago. Aided by the culture-bridging management skills of Aliza Becker, who built on the work of founding manager, Luis Palacios, the group flourished. Jim Hirsch and Michael Miles of the Old Town School were particularly supportive, presenting concerts by Raíces del Ande at major Old Town events such as the annual festival of Latino music and the Old Town School's 25th-anniversary celebration at Orchestra Hall.
After a 17-year hiatus, Raíces del Ande is reuniting for this concert, traveling from national and international locations to present the enchanting sounds of their music once more in Chicago.