Nothing has the power of Andean music to transport audiences to a place wrapped in spellbinding beauty, and no group enchants listeners like Yarina. Artfully blending the ancient rhythms of its culture with original compositions that incorporate elements from various western musical styles, Yarina’s musicianship earned the group the title “Best World Music Recording” at the 2005 Native American Music Awards and “Best Folk Music Recording” at the 2005 Indian Summer Music Awards. Both were for its latest and fifth album, Nawi.
Yarina, which means “remembrance” in the native Kichwa language of the indigenous people of Ecuador, has since its inception committed itself to maintaining musical excellence. Its concerts are hauntingly sensual listening experiences, but also displays of musical versatility, with more than 40 different instruments employed by band members, from the native windpipe and flute to the violin and a wide range of percussive instruments.
But this band of siblings is about much more than just the music. Yarina is also dedicated to preserving and sharing the ancestral culture of the indigenous people of the Andes. The musicians that make up Yarina share the history and meaning of each song and instrument they perform. And its dancers, traditionally dressed in multi-layered, brilliantly-colored skirts and hand-embroidered blouses, blend traditional movements and original choreography. This wholehearted dedication to cultural expression earned the group the designation of “Ambassadors for Indigenous Ecuadorian Performers” by their home country of Ecuador.
The group’s evocative music and lively performances captivate people of all ages. And its exquisite and masterfully produced CDs continue to bring the best of Andean music into the homes and hearts of their growing base of supporters and fans worldwide.
Yarina is available for a wide range of events, from multicultural and music festivals to school concerts and corporate gatherings. Additional information about the group’s varied offerings, its background, and its members is included in this press packet for your convenience.
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