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  • Among the performers are Peruvian musicians and cultural researchers Carolina Araoz (L) and Consuelo Jeri (R).

    Among the performers are Peruvian musicians and cultural researchers Carolina Araoz (L) and Consuelo Jeri (R). | Photo: Facebook: Festival Internacional de Música de Alturas/FIMA, Lima - Perú

Published 27 June 2018

"We have always considered music as an element that unites us, both between countries and within our own country," said FIMA Director Gabriela Altuna.

Andean artists from Ecuador, Peru and Chile are coming together for the Concert for Peace and Integration to honor the 20th anniversary of the peace accord signed between Ecuador and Peru in 1998.

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"From the International Festival of Music of Alturas (FIMA), we have always considered music as an element that unites us, both between countries and within our own country," said FIMA Director Gabriela Altuna.

"In this case, we join musicians from Chile, Ecuador and Peru, providing all their art of peace and integration."

Among those scheduled to perform are Chilean singer-songwriter, composer and music researcher Fabiola Gonzalez; Ecuador musician, researcher and singer Carlos Grijalva, and three Peruvian music researchers.

Gonzalez, a 'folclorista' and 'Chinganera,' is recognized for her poetic lyrics and traditional guitar rhythms which transport the listener to Chile’s pueblos and mountain ranges. She has been called one of Chile's most important female folk singers for her success in combining regional songs with newly composed pieces for a modern international audience.

Grijalva's music, meanwhile, represents the vibrant diversity of Ecuador, from its coasts to the crests of its volcanoes. From one emotional performance to the next, the singer reflects the Andean nation's customs, culture and traditions.

Consuelo Jeri, 47, peddles Peruvian culture: "Andean women relate to the divinity singing. And the divinity is the Earth. In the villages of the Peruvian highlands, the peasants sing to the apus, gods of the hills. And when a son dies, his mother buries him with songs."

Finally, joined by singer-songwriter Javier Lazo, Carolina Araoz shares her interpretation of Peruvian rhythms through the brassy heart of her saxophone. The two Peruvian researchers present a modern compilation of coastal music and traditional poetry.

The one-day concert takes place in Miraflores, Peru, at 7 p.m. local time on June 30 and is made possible with the cooperation of FIMA, Unesco, the Chilean Cultural Ministry, the Embassy of Ecuador in Peru, and the Place of Memory, Tolerance and Social inclusion (LUM).


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