"An Inti-Illimani concert is a wild ride through Latin music, a whirlwind of Andean folk tunes, tangos from Argentina, Brazilian sambas, and throbbing, sobbing love songs from Mexico." - The Washington Post
The Chilean group Inti-Illimani will perform from 7:00 – 8:30 pm on Tuesday, October 2, at the Main Library. The eight musicians in the group play more than 30 wind, string, and percussion instruments belonging to the Mestizo, American Indian, European, and African cultures.
Formed by university students in 1967, Inti-Illimani gained widespread popularity in Chile. Following the overthrow of Salvador Allende's government in 1973, the group took up residence in Italy, touring and supporting the cause of Chilean democracy. While away from home, they began to incorporate European musical forms with the rich musical heritage of Latin America.
At an Inti performance, one can expect the musicians to trade instruments with fluidity, perform classic songs with fresh air breathed into them, and entertain with personal anecdotes.
The performance is part of a three-day residency hosted by Lafayette College and funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Nathan Cummings Foundation as part of a “Southern Exposure” grant program administered by the Mid-Atlantic Foundation for the Arts.
The concert will be held in the Catherine Drake Meeting Room, which is handicapped accessible from the Church Street entrance.
The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 pm. For more information, call 610-258-2917 ext 307.
Inti-Illimani gives its featured public performance at Lafayette’s Williams Center for the Arts on Wednesday, October 3, at 8:00 pm. Ticket information at 610-330-5009.