Andean Village Music
and interpreters of traditional musics from South America's high mountains,
Andean music specialists Edmond Badoux and Francy Vidal
form the duo Chaskinakuy. Pronounced "Chas-kee-NA-kwee",
the name translates from the Quechua as, "to give and receive, from
hand to hand, among many".
Traversing musical territory from Ecuador to Argentina on an extraordinary
collection of regional wind, string and percussion instruments, Chaskinakuy's
performances offer a refreshing aural and visual experience. Pipes of
feather, flutes of bone, a trumpet 10 feet long, and a harp played upside
down evoke the sounds and images of high plateaus and rural celebrations
in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, northern Chile and Argentina.
Duo Chaskinakuy becomes a trio when Daniel Zamalloa
joins them on Peruvian violin, guitar and mandolin. Together, the trio
explores the seldom heard repertories of music for the Andean harp,
flutes and strings, and charts new territory for Andean music lovers.
and Vidal's relaxed and intimate presentation sweeps the audience
into a wonderful, mystical trek through time and history. The evening's
instrumental and vocal performances were exquisite, elegant and
sensual, revealing this couple's love for their work, their immense
talent and skill."
Martin-Tucker, El Chicano, San Bernardino, CA