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    Land of winds > Music > Novelties | Issue 14 (Mar.-Apr.2013)
    By Edgardo Civallero | Sara Plaza

The quena: its music and performers

Some of the latest works by well-known quena players include those by Edgar Espinoza, Sergio "Checho" Cuadros, Omar Flores de Armas, Jhonatan Castillo, Sebastián López (Los Tekis), Pablo Salcedo (Markama) and Gustavo Patiño, among others.

Raúl Olarte - Quenaquena | Marcelo Peña – Música de Bolivia en quena | Max Castro – Buscando un sueño


Raúl Olarte - Quenaquena

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Raúl Olarte
Quenaquena
(2004)

1. La diablada – 2. Oblivion – Adiós Nonino – 3. Quenaquena – 4. Morenada – 5. El sikuri – 6. Zamba azul – 7. Selección de bailecitos (Sirviñaco, Cuando nada te debía, Juro amarte) – 8. Camino de llamas – 9. Romance de viento y quena – 10. Manka fiesta – 11. Altitud 2600 – 12. La mariposa

Born in Humahuaca (Jujuy, Argentina), Raúl Olarte joined the band led by the renowned charango player Jaime Torres in 1978, and shared with him a decade-long musical partnership in concerts around the world. In 1988 he began his career as soloist, while at the same time went on to form the band Cuarteto de los Andes, and develop his international activity, especially in Japan.
Olarte has released "Casabindo" (1995), "Quena de los Andes" (2002), and "Quenaquena", his latest work to date. Besides a couple of tracks of his own, "Morenada" y "Manka fiesta", the album features arranged versions of classics like "La diablada", "Zamba azul", "Camino de llamas" and "Altitud 2600".

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Marcelo Peña - Música de Bolivia en quena

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Marcelo Peña
Música de Bolivia en quena
(2006)

1. Garabato – 2. Prenda querida – 3. Ausencia – 4. Illampu – 5. Centellas – 6. Comunidad – 7. Masi – 8. Siembra de amor – 9. El haragán – 10. Coroiqueñita – Irupaneñita – 11. Kunaru sarjja – 12. Hasta siempre

Member of the bands Altiplano (1987), Luz del Ande (1999-2008) and Wara (2006), Bolivian quena player Marcelo Peña has released three solo albums: "Soloquena", "Quena" and "Música boliviana en quena".
The latter is notable for the songs "Illampu", "Comunidad", "Kunaru sarjja" and his compostion "Masi".

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Max Castro - Buscando un sueño

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Max Castro
Buscando un sueño
(2011)

1. Antawara – 2. Amor agonizante – 3. No llores por mi – 4. Linda coqueta – 5. Si te marchas vete ya – 6. Amor de novela – 7. El soltero – 8. La última carta – 9. Sentimiento herido – 10. Buscando un sueño

Peruvian artist Max Castro's most recent album features the last performances by late quena player Arturo Flores Miranda, who died in the USA in 2008. Born in Huaraz, Flores recorded the quena for brothers Diosdado and Rodolfo Gaitán Castro as well as for Max Castro, and in the States he was part of the groups Inca Son and Agua Clara. He is credited as being an influence on many Peruvian quena players today, such as Sergio "Checho" Cuadros, Bruno Travi and René "El Chúcaro" La Rosa.
The tracks "Antawara", "Linda coqueta" and "Si te marchas vete ya" deserve special mention for Miranda's outstanding performance on the quena.

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