This workshop teaches about the indigenous people, traditional instruments, and beautiful dances from the Andes Mountains. Participants will learn words in Spanish as well as indigenous languages by naming the instruments, rhythms, and songs of the people of this region. This fun and informative program includes interactive songs with fun calls and responses as well as dancing and playing traditional instruments.
Workshop leader Vladimir Garrido was born in Arica, Chile, which borders Perú in the north and Bolivia in the west. He moved to Minnesota in 2005 and has been performing and teaching traditional Andean music in the Twin Cities for more than 10 years. Vladimir is the musical director of the local band Alma Andina and performs with his mother in the duet Ina-Yukka. He is also a sound technician and a teaching artist with Kairos Alive!, a nonprofit organization which provides intergenerational dance and storytelling programs to the community.