Make Mother’s Day Extra Special: Bring Her to the Muscial Performance of Inti-illimani

Muscial Performance of Inti-illimani
Sunday, May 10, 2015

A Chilean Orchestra which formed in 1966 and continues today with a rich history of music and a story to tell–
Inti-Illimani (Inti-E-gee-manee) means “Son of the Illimani,” in the Aymara dialect.)

The group has a dramatic history, starting in 1967 in Santiago, Chile, as a group of engineering students who picked up guitars, Andean flutes and maracas and realized that making music was more fun than continuing their studies! They became part of a folk music revival called nueva cancion or “new song” supporting a widespread populist political movement and the leftist leadership of Salvador Allende.

They were touring in Europe in 1973 when Allende was ousted from power in a military coup which brought to power Augusto Pinochet. After learning that a prominent nuevo concion musician, Victor Jara, had been assassinated, the band did not return home to Chile. Thus began what is sometimes called “the longest band tour in history,” extending to 1988, when the political situation again changed, and they were able to perform in their home country.

The group made its home base in Italy, and toured all five continents from there, absorbing musical influences and adding instruments over the years.

After more than four decades, most of the musicians are different, but their roots in traditional Latin American culture are still evident in their repertoire and their use of traditional instruments.

The group’s appearance in Maquoketa was arranged through the University of Iowa’s Hancher Auditorium, by means of a grant from the Iowa Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Local sponsors include the Maquoketa Sentinel-Press and the Maquoketa Art Experience.

Suggested Donation: $5.oo | Proceeds go to Club hOpe to help with all the volunteer work they do!

Reception: Monday, May 11 at Maquoketa Art Experience | 5pm

Press Comments:
The iconic Chilean group wowed the audience! MORNING CALL (Easton, PA)

Few Latin American acts can rival this Chilean group in terms of the sheer beauty of sound. Much like a Zen affirmation, Inti‐ Illimani’s music floats within your soul, filling it with calmness and hope. THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

An Inti‐ Illimani concert is a wild ride through Latin music, a whirlwind of Andean folk tunes, tangos from Argentina, Brazilian sambas, and throbbing, sobbing love songs from Mexico. All the players displayed relentless virtuosity in a concert that was pure exhilaration to the very end. THE WASHINGTON POST

Additional information about this musical group available at Inti-illimani’s website: