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Music of the Americas: En Casa, August 10–14

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

August 10 - 14, 2020


(Courtesy of the artists.)

Music of the Americas continues its online video series En Casa (At Home), featuring original daily performances with musicians from around the Americas, and Recuerdos (Memories), weekly releases of memorable past performances at the Americas Society, some available for the first time.

Our Recuerdos series takes a brief hiatus as we dedicate this week and focus our En Casa series on talented musicians from Chile.

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En Casa this week is dedicated to the music of Chile. These videos were selected by musicologist Juan Pablo González, who has been studying (and occasionally performing) the music of his country for decades. Juan Pablo is currently the director of the master’s program in Latin American Musicology at the Universidad Alberto Hurtado in Santiago, where he also resides. He has been a pioneer in the musicological study of 20th century popular music in Chile, creating undergraduate and graduate programs at different Chilean universities while regularly teaching graduate seminars in Spain and Latin America. His most recent publication, Thinking about music from Latin America (Lexington Books, 2018) has won praise by summarizing a century of musical thinking across a continent, assessing the current state of multidisciplinary music scholarship in the humanities and social sciences, and suggesting a host of new topics, questions, and ideas to challenge readers to think about and listen to music from Latin America in new ways.


Monday, August 10, 10 a.m.
En Casa: Chicoria Sánchez

Chilean composer and guitarist Juan Antonio “Chicoria” Sánchez was born in 1965. He studied music at the University of Chile and guitar with Oscar Ohlsen, and attended composition courses with Leo Maslíah and Egberto Gismonti. His compositions for guitar are part of the repertoire of prominent guitarists throughout the world. He is the author of “Sonata homenaje a Violeta Parra”, “Suite Víctor Jara,” among others. He has recorded several solo albums, as well as a guitar method, a collection of guitar pieces "Piezas esenciales para guitarra" (2002) and “Chicoria, divagaciones desde la música latinoamericana” (2018), which includes texts, reflections, and stories about his life. He has received numerous awards in Chile and currently teaches at the Universidad de Chile and the Instituto Profesional Escuela Moderna de Música. He is a member of Entrama, Intibus Trío, among others. From his home in Santiago, he sent us an intimate rendition of his “Tonada por despedida," which he composed in 1999.

En Casa: Sánchez- “Tonada por despedida"


Tuesday, August 11, 10 a.m.
En Casa: Jorge Campos

As a bassist and composer, Jorge Campos is key figure in the crossroads between rock from the second half of the seventies and Latin American music. He has been a member of several emblematic Chilean groups (Congreso, Fulano and Santiago del Nuevo Extremo). He has also developed important work as a soloist and instrument designer. He invented the Machi double-fret board bass and the Infinity Bass, with which he recorded the double album Nu Bass. He is also a producer and leads the label El Templo Rekords. From home in Santiago, he sent us "Kuyén" ("Moon" in the Mapudungún language), a composition he performs on the "Machi" bass.

En Casa: Jorge Campos - "Kuyén"


Wednesday, August 12, 10 a.m.
En Casa: Gabriela Olivares and Horacio Salinas
Facebook: Olivares, Salinas

Horacio Salinas is a Chilean guitarist and composer. He is co-founder and musical director of the Chilean group Inti-Illimani Histórico. His extensive repertory includes folk, Andean music, protest music, world music, contemporary classical music, and many Latin American styles and fusions. In 1973, his group was touring in Europe when Pinochet seized power in Chile, after which they had to stay in exile for years. He has played with many international musicians notably the Australian classical guitarist John Williams. Cellist and singer Gabriela Olivares is the cello soloist with the Orquesta Clásica de la Universidad de Santiago. She has performed with several orchestras in Chile and the US as a cellist and singer. The duo o sent us their trio version (Gabriela sings and plays at the same time!) of "La pajita," a classic that Salinas composed to lyrics by Gabriela Mistral in the 70s.

En Casa: Gabriela Olivares and Horacio Salinas "La pajita" (Salinas & Mistral)


Thursday, August 13, 10 a.m.
En Casa: Lohengrin Paredes

Born in Santiago, multi instrumentalist and singer Lohengrin Paredes joined his grandfather’s mariachi band, “Mariachi alma de México,” which was the first band of this genre in Chile. he later played with “La orquesta de la Memoria”, band that specialized in the Latin cabaret rhythms of the 50's and Circus Music. Now based in Coquimbo, he is bassist and arranger for the Orquesta Filarmónica de coquimbo, as well as a teacher, while he still occasionally sings mariachi serenades alone with his guitar. From his terrace, Paredes sent us "La mujer de mis sueños" (The Woman of My Dreams), a bolero that he just composed.

En Casa: Lohengrin Paredes- “La mujer de mis sueños" (Paredes)


Friday, August 14, 10 a.m.
En Casa: Golosa la orquestra

Golosa la orquesta is a band based in Santiago that mixes Latin American rhythms with rock and jazz. They sent us this isolation version of "Respira en paz" ("Breath in Peace"), which shows their musical and visual imagination. The members of GLO are Carolina Martínez, Danka Villanueva, Nicolas Romero, Gus Valenzuela, Javier Navarro, and Hugo Jara. They were planning to release a new album in 2020, but instead are creating isolation videos from their homes, recorded on their phones. "Respira en paz" was directed remotely by Eduardo Cabello, who told the musicians how they should record themselves, in which room in their homes, etc. The visual aspect embodies the band's (and perhaps everyone's) desire to escape the asphyxiating circumstance that has affected everyone since March.

En Casa: Golosa la orquesta - "Respira en paz”