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Land of winds > Performers > Composers and performers | Issue 01. Jul.-Aug.2010
By Edgardo Civallero | Sara Plaza

Roberto Márquez Bugueño

Roberto Márquez’s career is closely linked to Illapu’s (see), for he was one of the group’s co-founders as well as the artistic director, singer and charango player from its origins.
Born in Antofagasta, he was Aída Bugueño and Ramón Márquez’s eldest son. His first musical arrangements were included in Illapu’s early albums, specially those compositions written with north-Chilean poet and folklorist Nelly Lemus, who was to contribute the lyrics, with which Márquez never abounded. On the one hand, his distinctive voice has led the band’s unique vocal attack and, the other, his technique to perform charango in the strumming style of northern Chile is considered one of the greatest exponents of his art in commercial Andean music.
Among his endless list of compositions and arrangements is worth mentioning “Bío bío, sueño azul”, “Morena esperanza”, “Tu propia primavera” and “Encuentro con la vida” (Morena esperanza, 1998), “Volveré a encontrarte”, “Vengo del sur” and “Cuando nada tengas” (Multitudes, 1995), “Lejos del amor”, “Del pozo de mis sueños”, “Cariquima”, “Volarás” and “Bailando en Isluga” (En estos días, 1993), “Primer sueño de amor”, “Baila, caporal” and “Se alumbra la vida” (Vuelvo amor... Vuelvo vida, 1991), “Qué va a ser de ti”, “Arauco en pie”, “Arrurrú la faena” and “Condorcanqui” (Para seguir viviendo, 1986), “De libertad y amor”, “Población La Victoria”, “Pampa Lirima”, “Canción de octubre”, “Copla de morenada” and “Un día borraré esta página” (De libertad y amor, 1984).
Roberto Márquez set Nelly Lemus’ lyrics to music in “Morena esperanza”, “Dos sobreviviendo”, “Mamá Aída” (Morena esperanza), “Buscando tu mirada” (Multitudes) and “Escribo, por ejemplo” (Vuelvo amor... Vuelvo vida)
Remarkable among his solo instrumental works are “Llanto de madre - Dos palomitas” (Chungará, 1975), “Sipassy” (Despedida del pueblo, 1976) and, showing his particular charango strumming, “Cuarto reino, Cuarto Reich” (Para seguir viviendo), “Las obreras” (Parque La Bandera, 1989) and “Bailando en Isluga” (En estos días).

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