Sukay Show is something special
by Dave Veitch
||Quentin Howard admits some people mistakenly think
her band, Sukay, performs South African music. Its an honest error. Whereas South
African music has been embraced by a North American mainstream audience, the South
American folk music that Sukay performs is generally unexposed on this continent.But last
night in the Jack Singer Concert Hall, Sukay not only taught the 800 patrons about the
musics history and heritage, the quartet also recruited many new fans and supporters
for this captivating musical style. The instrumentation aloneflutes, rattles,
acoustic guitars, drums --suggested the show was going to be different. How these
instruments eventually meshed into music turned the show into something truly special.
and Carlos Crespos flute parts intertwined on the slight, lingering melodies,
creating a dreamy, ethereal effect. Meanwhile, the aggressive strumming of several
stringed instrumentsincluding the charango, made from the shell of an
armadillowas primarily used for rhythm. The music was old as the Andes and many of
the hand made instruments were relatively primitive (at least by todays high tech
standards) but the hauntingly beautiful sounds were elegant and sophisticated.
However, one suspects Sukays interpretation of South American folk music breaks a
few traditions. Howards work on the pan flute, for instance, sounded like Zamfir on
a caffeine overload. Yet the concert provided a quick, entertaining education on this
distinctive, folk music style.
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