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Illapu and Colombina Parra

April 18, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


From its formation in 1971, Illapu – meaning “Lightning” in Quechua, an indigenous language of the Andes – is a group that experimentally fuses their Andean roots with elements of improvisational jazz, the harmonic constructions and counterpoints of classical music, and the syncopation and poly-rhythms of Afro-Caribbean music, all combined with the irresistible terrestrial force of rock music.

From the beginning, Illapu has sung to the emerging and urgent problems of Chile, Latin America and humanity. Their lyrics talk about daily life, justice, the preservation of ancient Latin American culture, the contradictions between human beings and nature, and the tensions created in the process of modernization.

Their mix of ancestral sounds with new ones – the experimental and the unpredictable – has given the group a well deserved international following.


April 18, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Old Town School Of Folk Music
4545 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago , IL United States

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