Altazor

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Formed in 1987, this ground-breaking Latin American ensemble combines the multi-national talents of Chilean Lichi Fuentes, Venezuelan Jackeline Rago, Cuban Dulce Arguelles, and Asian-American Vanessa…
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Formed in 1987, this ground-breaking Latin American ensemble combines the multi-national talents of Chilean Lichi Fuentes, Venezuelan Jackeline Rago, Cuban Dulce Arguelles, and Asian-American Vanessa Whang. The group's name comes from the Spanish "alta" (high) and "azor" (hawk), words which suggest the soaring vocal harmonies of the singers as well as the high-flying spirit with which the group's haunting, passsionate music is created. When performing its repertoire of traditional Latin American vocal and instrumental arrangements along with the more socially-conscious lyrics of New Song, Altazor employs an impressive range of instruments that includes the quena, tiple, tres, and charango, along with the more familiar flute, mandolin, guitar, and piano.