Posts tagged music

'Play Me, I'm Yours' - A public piano situated in Paseo Ahumada (central Santiago) for the past few days.
This guy knocked out an impressive The Great Gig in the Sky from memory.
Stop and listen to the hidden talents of everyday people.
More information about this global project.

'Play Me, I'm Yours' - A public piano situated in Paseo Ahumada (central Santiago) for the past few days.

This guy knocked out an impressive The Great Gig in the Sky from memory.

Stop and listen to the hidden talents of everyday people.

More information about this global project.

Colourful illustrative art from Ernesto Guerrero Pititore (‘Pititore’) depicting local musicians and politics with a strictly leftest slant.

Chile really does know how to put on a show and last night’s Musica X Memoria concert for International Human Rights Day was no exception.

The evening got started with local favourites Banda Conmoción and their eclectic mix of gypsy cumbia and carnival waltz. They had the crowd on feet and set the scene for a great line-up of musicians including Camila Moreno and Chinoy.

Given their fiesty left-wing tendencies, I’m probably a lot more content enjoying the music without fully understanding the lyrics - particularly with the likes of Legua York, who’s brand of hip-hop makes for a refreshing change from Reggaeton.

Last night Natalia and I packed into Plaza de Armas with 20,000 other fans for the tribute concert to legendary Chilean folklorist Violeta Parra. The Plaza looked stunning lit up at night with shadows projected onto the historic museum and post office. There was a great line up of musical talent including Francisca Valenzuela, Camila Moreno, Alvaro Henríquez, Inti Illimani Histórico, Anita Tijoux and Pedro Aznar. 

My concert photos weren’t so great, so I’ve added a couple here from the review on Clarin.com.

In typical Chilean style the lively crowd took every opportunity to chant political slogans between songs - everything from education reform to opposition to dams in Patagonia. There’s a lot of passion in the way they live life and the protester spirit of Violeta Parra really brought it out. 

So another unbeatable night in Santiago - which got even better when we jumped into the metro to head home and there was an accordianista and violinista in the subway car playing some more beautiful music. 


"Don’t cry when the sun is gone, because the tears won’t let you see the stars."
- Violeta Parra

So Britney Spears is playing in Santiago next week. This not news as many big name artists perform here - Justin Bieber played here last month also. Where this gets bizarre is that she has an official double in Chile. Her name is KathyCo and if you absolutely must, then you can visit her Facebook page or see her perform Toxic in a Viña del Mar mall.

So Britney Spears is playing in Santiago next week. This not news as many big name artists perform here - Justin Bieber played here last month also. Where this gets bizarre is that she has an official double in Chile. Her name is KathyCo and if you absolutely must, then you can visit her Facebook page or see her perform Toxic in a Viña del Mar mall.

A quick life update. I moved into an apartment in Providencia on Saturday. Nice spot located right next to a fresh produce market and from my bed I can see the statue of the Virgin Mary perched on Cerro San Cristóbal, looking down on me and emblazoned in light.
On Sunday I had lunch with my Chilean friend Natalia - she speaks less English than I speak Spanish, so the conversation is wonderfully absurd. She likes beer, socialism and something she calls “gender equality”. I surprise myself everyday.
We went to the international book fair where the highlight (especially for Natalia) was to see the singer Chinoy perform. From the research I have done, the press have referred to him as the Chilean Bob Dylan, but I thought he sounded more like a Chilean James Blunt - I put this down to the androgynous voice because I couldn’t understand a word of the lyrics. Take a listen for yourself - there are some great tracks on his MySpace page. Nonetheless, it’s always a treat to hear local musicians and I’ve added him to my playlist.
Tomorrow I get Wi-Fi in my apartment, and balance will be restored to my universe.

A quick life update. I moved into an apartment in Providencia on Saturday. Nice spot located right next to a fresh produce market and from my bed I can see the statue of the Virgin Mary perched on Cerro San Cristóbal, looking down on me and emblazoned in light.

On Sunday I had lunch with my Chilean friend Natalia - she speaks less English than I speak Spanish, so the conversation is wonderfully absurd. She likes beer, socialism and something she calls “gender equality”. I surprise myself everyday.

We went to the international book fair where the highlight (especially for Natalia) was to see the singer Chinoy perform. From the research I have done, the press have referred to him as the Chilean Bob Dylan, but I thought he sounded more like a Chilean James Blunt - I put this down to the androgynous voice because I couldn’t understand a word of the lyrics. Take a listen for yourself - there are some great tracks on his MySpace page. Nonetheless, it’s always a treat to hear local musicians and I’ve added him to my playlist.

Tomorrow I get Wi-Fi in my apartment, and balance will be restored to my universe.