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Inti-Illimani Brings Chilean Folk Music to Weis Center at Bucknell

Written by Cary Burkett, Arts & Culture Desk and WITF Host | Oct 3, 2012 2:20 PM


The Chilean music ensemble Inti-Illimani is celebrating 45 years of performance with a new CD and a world tour. The 8-member ensemble plays an eclectic blend of jazz, classical, Cuban, Mexican, Afro-Peruvian and other music styles. Their tour brings them to the Weis Center at Bucknell University in Lewisburg on Thursday, October 11.

Inti-Illimani means "Sun of the Illimani," in reference to the mountain at La Paz, Bolivia. The founding members of the music group met and began playing music together in the 1960’s, exploring the indigenous music of Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Argentina.

In 1973, Augusto Pinochet took control of Chile in a coup d' tat. Overnight the democratic atmosphere of the country disappeared. The Intis were on tour in Europe, and found themselves in sudden political and artistic exile. Italy became their home for the next 15 years.

Separated from their home and family members, Inti-Illimani became musical ambassadors for South America. Then in 1988, they were unexpectedly allowed back into Chile by the same military government which had banished them.  They soon after gave a home-coming concert, attended by 130,000 people. They moved home permanently in 1990, coinciding with the official resignation on Pinochet.

Their concert at the Weis Center begins at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors 62 and over, and $10 for children 18 and under and are available at the Bucknell Box Office or by calling 570-577-1000. The performance is sponsored, in part, by witf and the Latino Hispanic American Community Center in Harrisburg.

Below you can hear a sample of their music, Allá viene un corazón: a new version of a traditional Venezuelan folksong. And more samples are available on their website.

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