El Condor Pasa is a typical
Inca dance, based on authentic Incan folk melodies. Around 1916,
Peruvian composer Daniel Alomia Robles
notated this popular traditional melody and used it as the basis
for an instrumental suite. The English Lyrics, 'If I could, I
surely would' words, are by Paul Simon (Simon & Garfunkel)!
Incas Wasi, Music and Dance of the Andes was created by Sergio
Espinoza, Artistic Director and Producer. Classically trained on the
violin, Sergio now plays all scales of Andean bamboo flutes, (sikus and
quenas), as well as charango and mandolin. The group of five brings
their songs, dances, traditional costumes and ethnically-rich culture of
the ancient Incas to modern day audiences.
The antara is a panpipe of only one
tier of pipes of cane of different lengths, which expresses each one a
The charango is a small South
American stringed instrument of the lute family, about 66 cm long,
traditionally made with the shell of the back of an armadillo. It
typically has 10 strings in five courses of 2 strings each, although
other variations exist.
The siku (Quechua) or zampoña
(Spanish), is a traditional Andean panpipe.
The quena is the traditional flute of
the Andes. Usually made of bamboo, it has 6 finger holes and one thumb
hole and is open on both ends.
The rondador is a set of chorded
bamboo panpipes that produces two tones simultaneously.
A bombo is a kind of bass drum used
in traditional music in Spain, Portugal and South America.
A cajón is a kind of box drum played
by slapping the front face (generally thin plywood) with the hands. The
cajón is the most widely used Afro-Peruvian musical instrument in the
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