Contact: Helen Dalrymple (202) 707-1940, Jill Brett (202) 707-2905
Public contact: American Folklife Center (202) 707-6590

August 5, 1993

Music of the Andes to be Performed at Library of Congress

The American Folklife Center will present a free outdoor concert of music of the Andes by Ollantay, a group of local musicians originally from Bolivia, on Thursday, September 16, from noon to 1 p.m. on the Neptune Plaza of the Jefferson Building, First and Indpendence Ave., SE. The rain location is the Mumford Room, sixth floor, Madison Building. The concert is presented in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Most of the members of Ollantay are Bolivians who live in Northern Virginia. Bolivians comprise the second largest group of Latin American immigrants in the Washington metropolitan area. Ollantay has been together for seven years, performing music of the entire Andean region, including areas of the contemporary nations of Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Chile, and Argentina.

All of the Bolivian members of the group emigrated from Cochabamba, located in the valley region of the Andes. Enrique Coria, Raul Duran, and Jose Gonzales play stringed instruments. Ramiro Almaraz plays the quena and zampoas. Rodolfo Torrico plays bombo and other percussion instruments. All of the band members contribute vocals.

The concert will be broadcast at a later date on WAMU 88.5 FM on the Dick Spottswood Show.

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PR 93-100
8/4/93
ISSN 0731-3527

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