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The quartet Inkuyo consists of three men from South America (Bolivia and Chile) and a woman from the States. Focusing on the music of the "altiplano" or high plains—that region of the Andes never conquered by the Spanish—Inkuyo brings us traditional Andean folk songs and dances some dating back to the Incan Empire. Styles range from festive to melancholic are realized by an astounding array of rare and traditional instruments: wooden and bone flutes, various pan pipes and more familiar stringed instruments and drums. The cold, timeless winds of the altiplano whistle and pre-Columbian music is heard on this album from Inkuyo.


Genre: World

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

The music of the Andean Mountain region is combined with influences of poetry and rock and roll by Los Angeles-based trio, Inkuyo. The inspiration of Gonzolo Vargas, a Bolivia-born composer, arranger and pan pipes and South American flute player, Inkuyo is a leading force in the growing popularity of traditional Andean music in North America. Taking their name from a remote mountain village where music is an essential part of daily life, Inkuyo initially performed as a quartet. Since the early-1990s,...
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The Double-Headed Serpent (Music of the Andes), Inkuyo
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