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Art From Sacred Landscapes
Inkuyo
Art From Sacred Landscapes
Genre: World Music
 
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Imagine the haunting sounds of the wind blowing through the altiplano, the highlands of the Andes Mountains, and you will hear the sounds the ancient Incas tried to create in their music. The call of the pan-pipes echoi...  more »

      
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All Artists: Inkuyo
Title: Art From Sacred Landscapes
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Celestial Harmonies
Release Date: 12/28/1994
Genre: World Music
Styles: South & Central America, Andes
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 013711308822

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Imagine the haunting sounds of the wind blowing through the altiplano, the highlands of the Andes Mountains, and you will hear the sounds the ancient Incas tried to create in their music. The call of the pan-pipes echoing each other, the plaintive cries of the wooden bass flutes - these sounds evoked, and still evoke, the windswept, unchanging highlands of South America. Inkuyo, the American-based ensemble devoted to ancient and contemporary Andean music, uses dozens of traditional flutes, whistles, and pipes, as well as traditional percussion and strings, to capture the spirit of Andean music.Art from Sacred Landscapes, like Inkuyo's last recording, The Double-Headed Serpent, combines traditional Andean works with new compositions, all drawn from Incan tales and places. Most are instrumental featuring the sounds of the sikus (pan-pipes), the quena and antara (flutes), the charango (armadillo-shelled mandolin), and guitar. There are also two songs sung in Quechua, the language of the Incas which has never completely disappeared from the remote Andean heights.While Andean music has become increasingly popular on the international scene, there are few ensembles that can match Inkuyo's expertise, research, and range of music. From the solemn, majestic sounds of the Kantu (an Inca processional march), to the festive Ajawasi (a kind of Andean tavern that serves corn liquor), Inkuyo presents a broad spectrum of moods and styles. All bear the timeless sound that characterizes Andean music - though not all are 500 years old. Many are new works written in the Andean tradition by Inkuyo's Gonzalo Vargas or Daniel Zamalloa. This is music that still contains echoes of the past and of the winds and mountains that inspired it.

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CD Reviews

Not half as good as "Land of the Incas"
Boileau0663 | Tournai, Belgique | 12/16/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This album, like "Land of the Incas", features a mixture of traditional and contemporary tunes from the Andes. Unfortunately, the new compositions, which purport to reflect the plight of the Indians and other lofty thoughts by the artists, are quite mediocre and are nothing more than a kind of country music with Andean flavor.The traditional tunes are pleasing enough but lack the vitality and freshness of "Land of the Incas" or maybe I got used very quickly to this kind of music after listening to the first album. Finally, the name "Art from Sacred Places" is misleading: there is nothing sacred or religious in the music, it is just folk music period. So save your money and just buy "Land of the Incas"."