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The best kept secret in music

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"Film Score Focus broadcast June 3, 2006"

"And also I want to mention the singing we heard in the pieces from Mexico featured a vocalist, and he was our kind of South American guitar expert, named Dan Dickey, who's a part of a trio here in Austin called Chaski. And that's comprised of Adrienne Inglis on the, uh, basically flute. Anything, anytime you hear a woodwind instrument, it's Adrienne. And she brought this bag just, again, full of different flutes from all over the world and she could play them all gorgeously. It was amazing. And Shana Norton is on the harp. We heard the harp earlier in the Mexico cue. Again, completely blown away with her sound and her playing, and Dan comprise, essentially, that's the trio with our South American guitar specialist and he also added as vocalist. They're prominently featured in this next two cues that we're going to listen to. And these are from Argentina and Chile, respectively, Gaucho Tropilla and Baquenos Descend, music from the new IMAX film Ride Around the World composed by Brian Satterwhite." —Brian Satterwhite from Film Score Focus broadcast June 3, 2006, KMFA 89.5 FM - KMFA 89.5 FM


"Michael Barnes"

"The folk ensemble Chaski added authentic accompaniement, along with the evening's virtuoso performance—Adrienne Inglis on the flute, quena (straight Andean flute), zampoñas (panpipes) and chajchas (rattles)." —Michael Barnes, Austin American-Stateman, 5 December 2000 - Austin American-Stateman


"Diane Windeler"

"Before accompanying the [San Antonio Society Society] chorus for "Misa Criolla," red-poncho-clad Chaski presented a brief, entertaining solo set using panpipes, cuatro and other traditional instruments. Two folk selections were followed by a nicely contoured adaptation of a Vivaldi flute sonata featuring Adrienne Inglis as quena (rustic flute) soloist." —Diane Windeler, San Antonio Express News, November 2000 - San Antonio Express News


"David Lynch"

"Chaski was an Incan postman, a messenger who literally ran between villages with the news. Local trio Chaski spreads the word too, their message simple: Enjoy the sweet folk sounds of Latin America. Made up of Shana Norton on harp, vocals, and accordion, Adrienne Inglis on flutes, toyos, tarka, maracas, zampoñas, quena, and vocals, and Dan Dickey on requinto, pito, tarka, gritos, guitar, cuatro, charango, and vocals, Chaski has performed in Texas since 1991.* On their fourth release Unay, the trio braids a convincing 50-minute , 17-track lacework of mostly Peruvian and Bolivian music. "Boquita de cereza" is an upbeat Bolivian opener, driven by charango (small shell-backed guitar) and güiro (ridged scraper), with a characteristic quena (sonorific wooden flute). On Unay, Chaski does an untraditional thing for a Latin American album by including three Sephardic songs, music of the Spanish Jesw expelled by the Spanish crown around the same time Columbus invaded America. Because Sephardic songs like "Adío Querida" have the same acoustic lightness and lyrical reality as the Andean works, they mesh well here. Unay is a decidedly local affair, and boasts being "arranged, produced, recorded, mixed, mastered, and manufactured in Austin." No arguments with the results, an even-paced and enjoyable listen." —David Lynch

[*actually 1985] - Austin Chronicle


"Ramiro De La Zerda"

"...realmente me admiré de la capacidad musical y el profesionalismo de tí, Adrienne, por lo cual te felicito, en mi tienes a un admirador de tu talento y valorador de la sencibilidad del artista en este Arte." —Ramiro De La Zerda, Fortaleza, julio 2000 - Fortaleza


"Ernestine Boss"

"[El sariri] is a very interesting CD, exceedingly well done...One might expect that the use of so many primitive instruments would result in rough or ragged sound, but that is not the case. These performers are real professionals; and even though each one of them plays several instruments, the quality of their performance is extraordinary...I was fascinated by the Peruvian pasacalle, La pampa y la puna, not only by its haunting beauty but also by the virtuosity of the flutist...The CD is eminently listenable, and I strongly recommend it to anyone who would enjoy a very pleasant regional repertoire performed excellently by a group of virtuosos." —Ernestine Boss, The Triangle of Mu Phi Epsilon, 1996 - The Triangle of Mu Phi Epsilon


"Rob Patterson"

"Most interesting stuff here. Chaski takes traditional South American styles played on instruments like a 'bird-shaped clay flute,' 'Bolivian cane panpipes' (zampoñas), 'Mexican rain stick' and 'Bolivian goat toe rattle' (chajchas) and add[s] Western flute and harp, remaining, it appears, true to the spirit of the folk material they deliver. The Andean ambiance is lovingly recorded, and the music is as much a subtle pleasure as an education in native South American sounds and styles." —Rob Patterson, The Austin Chronicle, 1995 - The Austin Chronicle


Discography

Albums:
Chaski (1989)
Pacha Mama (1991)
El Sariri (1995)
Unay (2000)
Viracocha (2005)

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Bio

Chaski transcribes and arranges folk music primarily from Latin America and Spain and performs for all types of audiences. They capture the essence of the music based on their knowledge of the cultural and historical traditions from which it comes and present it using indigenous and concert instruments. They are accomplished performers of the following instruments: flute, quena, zampoñas (panpipes), alto flute, ayarachis, transverse flute, harp, guitar, charango, cuatro, ronroco, bombo, chajchas, maracas, matraka, and various whistles and bird calls. Their concerts include written and spoken comments describing the music, culture, history, instruments, and dances and they usually wear typical Andean clothing. They involve the audience by inviting them to clap particular rhythms, stomp their feet when cued, and sometimes come on stage to join them on percussion. They have independently produced four albums of their repertoire on compact disc.