7:00 p.m. May 17
The Cedar Cultural Center
416 Cedar Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN
This extraordinary concert pairs bands from either end of South America in a benefit for a school in an impoverished neighborhood of Santiago, Chile. Sol del Illimani School is run by Inti-Illimani, the veteran Chilean band that has combined Andean folk music and the progressive politics of the nueva canción movement since group members’ student days in 1967. Strongly influenced by murdered singer/poet Victor Jara, Inti-Illimani combines stirring vocals with swirling panpipes and flutes, alongside driving guitars and a surprising sense of swing. The band spent years in exile during the Pinochet dictatorship, but eventually was able to return home. Among those Inti-Illimani inspired was Colombian Karin Stein, a founder and lead singer of the now-U.S.-based Los Llaneros. They specialize in the sparkling traditional music of the Llanos savanna, which straddles Colombia and Venezuela near the Orinoco River. The bands will play separate sets, then join in a rare confluence of traditions. Students from Minneapolis’ Blake School will play panpipes with Inti-Illimani and sing harmonies with Los Llaneros.