With deep sounding pipes, haunting flutes and fast-paced rhythms played on a guitar-like instrument made from the shell of an armadillo, Sukay creates an ethereal, pulsating sound that fills listeners with the energy and strength of the Andes Mountains. The music has its roots in a 5000-year-old, pre-Inca culture that believes in a strong relationship between life and nature that can be heard in the sound of the instruments.
Sukay draws from a broad palette of sounds: the deep, sharp, airy blasts of the medieval-sounding toyos (pan pipes with graduated tubes up to five feet long); the high, vocal inflections of the kena (notched flute); the shimmering ring of the charango (a small stringed instrument of the lute family); and the resonant tones and muted percussive drive of the classical guitar.
Sukay is directed by the Bolivian composer, two-time Grammy nominee and one of the greatest master exponents of the charango, Eddy Navia. He was a founding member of the group Savia Andina with whom he recorded 35 albums, three of which went gold. The group helped bring Andean folk music into the mainstream, even hitting the Top 40 charts in South America. Eddy has also recorded eight solo albums. His last two collaborations were awarded Latin Grammy nominations for Best Traditional Music.
Sukay was founded in 1975 by Quentin Navia (Executive Director, pan-pipes, flutes and lead vocals). It is her true sense of intimacy with the music she plays that has made her such a natural on stage and has allowed her to connect with, educate and inspire audiences for the last 40 years.
Funded in part by the Maimonides Fund of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.
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