Colors is an original musical exploration
into Latin-Andean fusion. Its members come originally from Chile, Ecuador,
El Salvador, Peru and Canada. Since they came together as a group in
Ottawa in 1997, they have been touring many places in Ontario, Quebec
and Nova Scotia. In each performance, Andean Colors has captivated
audiences because of its energy, talent and art, playing more than
20 wind, string and percussion instruments from modern and traditional
Latin American heritage. Each member of Andean Colors specializes in
different in-struments and has extensive experience performing with
other international Latin-American groups in Europe and in the Americas.
Their repertoire includes original and arranged traditional songs,
blending Native-Andean rhythms and contemporary influences such as
salsa, cumbia, bossa-nova and jazz. Their venues are diverse, ranging
from stage to radio and television (ex. CBC, Radio Canada and BRAVO).
But what makes Andean Colors a unique group is its sound produced by
the encounter of different multicultural roots, experiences and musical
backgrounds that could only truly happen in Canada.
Andean Colors recorded and produced in 1999 its first
CD named TAKI RURU (The Sound of the Seed), which is a journey in search of native
roots and sounds of Latin American heritage. Taki Ruru has been a success without
any commercial promotion or institutional aid. In 2001, Andean Colors came with
its second CD, YACUMAMA (Mother Water), which is a musical achievement of the
harmonious chemistry between elements of ancient Andean traditions and the cultural
multiplicity of our modernity. In this album, Andean Colors expertly conjugates
traditional rhythms such as Sanjuanito, Huayno, Huayño, Sicuri, Tonada,
with contemporary influences from Salsa, Cumbia, Nouveau Flamenco, Soca, Lambada
and Jazz. This musical syncretism, without doubt, is one of the most important
contributions that Andean Colors offers to the evolution of Latin-American music.