Sukay's Andean music draws overflow crowd
By Kenneth LaFave
||"I dont care what people
say, Bolivian music is here to stay." Is that how the line goes? If not, it should.
For, as an overflow crowd of around a thousand people proved last night, the music
thats here to stay for Tucsonians is Bolivianand Peruvian and Ecuadorian.
Sukay was the group that packed them in, and the Temple of Music and Art was the place
they packed.Sukay is a four person group that plays authentic Andean music, primarily
of Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador, plus composed music derived from Andean tradition. Last
nights phenomenally attended concert wasnt Sukays first Tucson
appearance: Sukay first came to Tucson in spring of 1983, when the group played a concert
at the University of Arizona for the Friends of Traditional music. Audience response took
everybody by surprise --700 people crammed a small UA facility and went ape for the flutes
and pipes and drums and string of the Andean people.
Last night was more of the same,
produced privately and at a larger venue. There still werent enough seats. The old
Temple of Music and Art probably hadnt had so many people in it in decades. I
arrived shortly before curtain time and had to take a back row seat in the upper balcony.
The stage was so far below, I felt I was in the Andes. Last nights performance was
well played, well received. Sukays music is hollowly beautiful. The panpipes and
wooden flutes that dominate its color have a sound transparent as glass and sweet as rain.
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