Window to the Andes

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$17.00 each


Combining the best of Inkuyo's tradition, Window to the Andes is a perfect fusion of traditional cultural influences with modern compositions.

Available in CD Format.  Window to the Andes, By Inkuyo.  Celestial Harmonies, 1998. 

Window to the Andes is just that, a glimpse into the magic of the Andes mountains (and culture) where music plays a vital role in Andean daily life. Stretching from Cape Horn almost to Panama, the Andes have seen many cultures and conquering races come and go - over thousands of years. Home to some of the highest mountain peaks on Earth, the mountains have proven magical, even mystical, to any who are lucky enough to witness them. Long regarded by the people as Gods, or Apus, the mountain spirits believed to dwell within these peaks occupy a very important place among the many Gods worshiped. And, like these spiritually and physically immortal mountains, the music has also proven to be indomitable, and ever-present.

The beauty and contrasts of the Andes, from bare highlands to lush valleys to thick jungles, is mirrored in the music. In the highlands, music is more solemn, mystic and sad, reflecting the harshness of life on high. Dedicated to the Aymara culture of the high plateaus of Peru and Bolivia, Herencia Aymara acknowledges the valuable contributions of this rich heritage. En Solidaridad commemorates the working class - miners, farmers, and poor people - of South America who struggle, continuously, against racism and exploitation. Perhaps due to the fact that the milder weather and abundance of products offer a sharp contrast to life in the highlands, life is much easier in the valleys; the music, likewise, is livelier and happier.

Influenced by the Moon, Sun, landscape, trees, animals, crops and weather of the Andes, Inkuyo's music reflects how strongly Andean daily life, as well as religious beliefs, are connected to nature. Combining the best of Inkuyo's tradition, Window to the Andes is a perfect fusion of traditional cultural influences with modern compositions resulting in another priceless jewel in the treasure chest of Andean music available today.

CD Tracks:
1   Cumbres Andinas - Andean Peaks
2   En Solidaridad - In Solidarity
3   Brisa Tropical - Tropical Breeze
4   Huari Vicuña - Wild Vicuña
5   Maizal - Corn Field
6   Chasqui - Inca Messenger
7   Jacaranda - Jacaranda Tree
8   Sol y Luna - Sun and Moon
9   Condorcito - Little Condor
10   Baila Moreno - Dance Moreno
11   Caminos del Inca - Inca Roads
12   Ventana a los Andes - Window to the Andes
13   Herencia Aymara - Aymara Heritage
14   Despedida del Valle - Valley Farewell