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Sukay and Pachamama

Performances in
World Arts West Programs
Suri Siquris and Huayno
Disciplines
Andean Dance
Instruments Used
Bombo
Charango
Guitar
Quena
Sikus

sukaySukay is one of the most celebrated Andean Music ensembles in the world. Performing on panpipes, flutes and a guitar-like instrument fashioned from the shell of a armadillo, Sukay, accompanied by the Pachamama Dancers, has toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and South America over the last 15 years. They have performed in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, San Francisco's Masonic Auditorium & Herbst Theater, Calgary Center for the Performing Arts, and the Smithsonium Institute, and won the NAIRD "Indie" award for Best World Album.

Eddy Navia , Artistic Director, was born in Potosi, Bolivia. A master of the charango, (a traditional Andean stringed instrument), Eddy is celebrated as one of Bolivia's greatest living composers. His professional music career began in Bolivia, where his first ensemble, Savia Andina, recorded 35 albums, three of which went gold on the South American charts. Eddy is responsible for developing Sukay's musical programs and repertoire, and composes most of Sukay's new material.

In 1998, he was presented with the Lifetime Acheivment Award by the President of Bolivia, in recognition of his musical virtuosity and his long history as a musical "ambassador" for his beloved home country. World-class musicians such as David Grisman, Enrique Coria, Yuri Ortuno and Joe Craven continue to participate in Sukay performances and recordings.

Quentin Navia is the founder of Sukay, and her intimate commitment to the music of the Andes make her a natural performer, enabling her to connect with, educate and inspire Sukay audiences for 30 years.

The Pachamama Dancers formed in 1996, have toured with Sukay and performed in festivals, educational tours and theaters including the Cowell Theater, Masonic Auditorium and Centennial Hall in Arizona. Choreographer Gesenia Olmos directs the Pachamama Dancers and has performed as lead dancer with Bolivia Corazon America in the San Francisco Ethnic Festival.

www.penapachamama.com

 



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