Madera

Andino Suns

Andino Suns – 2015 Western Canadian Music Award nominees for World Recording of the Year.

Genre: Latin/World

It wasn’t easy for Andino Suns to get to where they are today. The recording of their third full length LP, Madera, was difficult and ambitious and full of decisions both back-breaking and emotional, yet ultimately essential in the evolution of the band.

It’s a collaborative, homegrown record in which they’ve incorporated some of the most talented, hardworking musicians Saskatchewan has to offer. The Dead South, Megan Nash, Keiffer McLean, Scott Richmond and members of the Regina Symphony Orchestra all make appearances on it. The band also incorporated some international flair by bringing in world renowned percussionist based out of Montréal, Daniel Emden, as a co-producer. Emden, who has performed with the prestigious Berklee World String Orchestra out of Boston, sharpened his skills working with some of the best artists South America has to offer.

Madera combines the sizzling sounds of South American sun with the earthiness of prairie solitude. It’s laced with elements of traditional Andean music; (those with a keen ear for sound will notice charango, quena and Toyos) yet it also contains the charm and sensibilities of art, which, although far from its origins, feels more than comfortable in its surroundings.

The music of Andino Suns may have been forged in the fire of Chilean revolt –which it undoubtedly is- but it is also rooted heavily in the fabric of the vast Canadian prairies.

Andres Davalos, as well as both guitar players Andres Palma and recent addition, Cristian Moya (formerly of Descalso), are the sons of political exiles who found security in the Canadian prairies. They were raised in households that cherished its Chilean heritage. They learned the language and the history; they read the books, watched the shows and, most importantly, they listened to the music.

The band hasn’t slowed down since its inception in 2009. Their raucous and memorable live performances have made securing festival gigs pretty easy; and the band’s popularity and skill continue to grow steadily. Performances across Canada have included JunoFest, SaskTel Jazz Fest, the Regina Folk Festival and Ness Creek in Saskatchewan; Festival du Bout du Monde, and Festival des Traditions du Monde in Quebec; and Cold Snap Festival in British Columbia. They also represented Saskatchewan at Mundial Montreal, Folk Alliance International in Kansas, and the 2015 Western Canadian Music Industry Awards in Victoria.

In 2013 they released their debut, self-titled album. It was uplifting, dance-able and smothered in romance. Their sophomore recording, It’s Time to Rise, dropped in 2014 and was nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award for “World Recording of the Year”. The record managed to cultivate the band’s proud heritage while simultaneously crafting songs that are feisty, identifiable and relevant.

“A wild and wooly molding of Ennio Morricone and Manu Chao”
– Roddy Campbell, Penguin Eggs

On September 11, 1973, the metallic yet proud voice of Salvador Allende could be heard broadcasting itself to the people of Chile. He was barricaded inside the presidential palace, awaiting his inevitable death at the hands of US backed forces that were about to overthrow his government and install a military dictatorship. With his final words he reinforced the revolutionary spirit of his leadership.

“Social processes can be arrested by neither crime nor force. History is ours, and people make history”. –Salvador Allende

That is the spirit behind Andino Suns. It is music for and about the people whose labour makes the world what it is; and the people who refuse to lay down to injustice and inequality. It is music that addresses the youth; “those who sing and give us joy” as Allende said; and it is music that addresses mankind; “the worker, the farmer, the intellectual; those who will be persecuted”. It is the kind of music that, were the music silenced, you would continue to hear it.

Like Allende, Andino Suns have “planted a seed in people which will not be shriveled forever.”
There may come a day when the music is gone. But within music lies ideas and passion and revolt; and that is the stuff of history.

“Long live Chile! Long live the people! Long live the workers.”
-Salvador Allende, 1973
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  1. 1 El Estado de Nada 03:54 Info Buy
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  2. 2 Madre 04:43 Info Buy
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  3. 3 The Beach (Playa) 03:54 Info Buy
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  4. 4 Amor Miedoso 04:06 Info Buy
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  5. 5 Invierno (Intrumental) 06:03 Info Buy
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  6. 6 La Otra Mujer 03:48 Info Buy
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  7. 7 Aire Libre 05:23 Info Buy
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  8. 8 Mi Perdon 05:28 Info Buy
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It's Time To Rise

Andino Suns

In the space where the vibrant traditional sounds of the Andes Mountains meets with the folk-rock of the Canadian Prairies, Regina’s multi-instrumental group Andino Suns have been captivating audiences since 2009 with fiery instrumentation, inspirational live performances and a resounding message of freedom, hope and love.

Instinctively adventurous, musically inquisitive, Andino Suns began when Chilean-Canadians Andres and Pablo Davalos and Andres Palma started building a band based off of the traditional Latin music of their childhood. Along with Pablo’s son Antonio, as well as brothers Leif Mehlsen and Erik Mehlsen, the band released their debut self-titled album in 2013, and has since made appearances at high-profile festivals such as JUNOFest, Ness Creek Music Festival, Gateway Music Festival and the Cold Snap Music Festival. The band will also be taking the stage at 2014’s Regina Folk Festival and the Sasktel Jazz Festival in addition to venues throughout Western Canada.

Now, with the release of their sophomore full-length album It’s Time to Rise, Andino Suns have changed the fabric of their sound. While maintaining the upbeat Latin rhythms of their debut album, It’s Time to Rise is an exploration into new sounds. With the addition of drummer Brian Warren, the group began exploring additional genres, including rock, reggae and the sounds of Eastern Europe. Weaving together deep, melodic grooves, soaring vocals, impossibly catchy Latin-flavoured hooks and hypnotic rhythms, Andino Suns seamlessly melds together English and Spanish lyrics into anthems that translate into get-on-your-feet-and-party songs.

But while the music simmers with earthy tones and soulful melodies, there is a decidedly political tone amidst the instrumentation. The song “It’s Time to Rise” calls for solidarity with the marginalized and social justice movements in Latin America while “La Jaula” speaks to how treaties limited the freedoms of the First Nations of the plains.

With the band members being prairies-dwellers by heart, It’s Time to Rise is very much rooted in the music of Saskatchewan. The album ends with “Dreamin”, a hopeful, sweet song influenced by the band’s upbringing in the flat lands and the members’ roots in folk music.

Exuberant, rousing, political and spiritual, Andino Suns have forged a sound that is sure to ignite festival audiences and dance-floors alike.
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  1. 1 555 02:51 Info Buy
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  2. 2 It's Time To Rise 04:25 Info Buy
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  3. 3 Havana Sun 02:32 Info Buy
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  4. 4 Gitana (Gypsy Lady) 03:30 Info Buy
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  5. 5 La Jaula (The Cage) 03:48 Info Buy
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  6. 6 Sueño Feliz (A Beautiful Dream) 02:19 Info Buy
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  7. 7 The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez 02:45 Info Buy
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  8. 8 Freedom Fighter 03:14 Info Buy
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  9. 9 Toro 03:43 Info Buy
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  10. 10 Dreaming 03:01 Info Buy
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Andino Suns

Andino Suns

Andino Sun’s music welcomes you to an acoustic universe where the spirit and sounds of the Andes Mountains are rocked and fused with modern Latin grooves and rhythms...

Their first full length Album is an uplifting, high energy experience that will warm your heart and soothe your soul. They blend Andean, Tropical and Western instruments to create a unique sound all their own...

Inspired by the courage of their Fathers who were forced to leave a fascist regime in Chile for a better life in Canada, the Andino Suns deliver an inspirational message full of justice, hope, freedom and love...
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  1. 1 Brujita del Norte 03:08 Info Buy
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  2. 2 Virgen de Andacollo 02:09 Info Buy
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  3. 3 Cantando el Pajaro 03:14 Info Buy
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  4. 4 Guerra 03:43 Info Buy
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  5. 5 Napoli 03:35 Info Buy
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  6. 6 Weichafe 03:11 Info Buy
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  7. 7 Oracion 04:02 Info Buy
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  8. 8 Volao y Curao 03:08 Info Buy
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  9. 9 Camino al Sol 04:00 Info Buy
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  10. 10 Pescadores 03:08 Info Buy
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