This Friday, October 19, Flushing Town Hall brings music traditions from the mountains to the oceans together on one stage for a South American Mashup. The show features Río Mira, whose cultural identity is rooted in the Pacific Coast of Ecuador and Colombia, and Inkhay,who celebrate the Indigenous music of Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru.
Río Mira is a project named for a river shared by Ecuador and Colombia. The group is on their American tour, bringing together marimba masters Esteban Copete and Larry Preciado and an incredible ensemble of folk musicians from the cities of Cali and Esmeraldas. The marimba plays a unifying role in the ensemble’s sound.
Río Mira’s cultural identity is rooted in Afro-Latino music traditions of the Pacific Coast of Ecuador and Colombia. The marimba music of this region was declared Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 2015, and the group aims to preserve this cultural treasure. You can see Río Mira perform here.
Inkhay is a Quechua verb that means “to tend the fire.” Founded in New York in 1984, the members of the group chose this name to symbolize their commitment to spread the beautiful music of the Andes mountains of Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador. They have performed at music festivals, museums, schools and concert halls, delighting folk music lovers around the world.
Inkhay blends together various forms of ancestral music, including woodwind instruments and drums, paired with European-influenced string music. The group’s sound is ethereal and the perfect expression of a mountain culture that has flourished despite adversity.
Audiences of all ages will experience musical performances from the two groups, and then watch and listen as the music artists come together on stage for a distinctive third set. Before the start of each performance, audience members participate in dance lessons and are encouraged to jump onto the dance floor again during the performances!
Tickets are $16, $10 for members and students, and free for teens. You can access details by visiting http://www.flushingtownhall.orgor by calling (718) 463-7700 x222.
On Saturday, October 20 at 11:30 AM, join Master Teaching Artist and Founding Director of Inkhay Pepe Santana for a workshop on Andean Culture and instrument-making. Learn the history of Andean Culture, traditions and music, while Pepe instructs participants in making a pentatonic panpipe and learning how to play it. Then check out his personal collection of Andean instruments exhibited in Flushing Town Hall’s gallery.