By Randi Somers
Andres and Navino Condon will perform nature-inspired music and Persian poet Rumi’s works accompanied by a slideshow of wildlife photographs taken by Mary Frische and Tom Callopy at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Center auditorium starting at 8 p.m. Friday.
Asia Freeman of the Bunnell Street Art Gallery arranged for the appearance and provided information about the Condons, supplemented by a Tribune interview with the pair at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center Friday.
Andres said since his brother Willie Condon lives in Homer, he has come here several times in recent years to perform. A native of Chile, Andres and his German wife travel around the world performing in many venues.
The pair combine the musical sounds of nature, like creeks and waterfalls, whale songs and bird calls with guitar, harmonica and other instruments and their duet vocals. Their cds are said to be rich tapestries invoking peace, relaxation and the beauties of nature. Their instruments include guitar, harmonica, bandurria, mandolin, viola, caipira, tiple and charango.
Described as a New Age artist inspired by folk, jazz and nature, Condon writes and performs music that has been called spiritual.
Born in Santiago, Chile in 1957, Condon is recognized as one of the most important musicians from Chile in the genre of world music, having performed internationally in many concert halls and during festivals, including the Latin American Festival in the Royal Albert Hall, London, and the State of the World Forum in San Francisco.
In his home country, Chile, he not only gives numerous concerts but he has also musically mentored many TV series. Among his credits, Andres over a period of seven years acted as composer and sound engineer for the award winning TV series ‘Al Sur del Mundo’ (In the South of the World). For his musical contribution to educational and environmental programs he was awarded the prestigious ‘Chucao Price’ by the Chilean ministry of education.
In order to help musicians from Chile make their work known, Andres together with Rodriga Cepeda (Subhira) founded the music label ‘Mundovivo’ (www.mundovivo.cl), which produces and sells music from Chile, North America and Europe. Among these productions some of Andres’ own CDs such as Caminos del Agua, Nomad, Waves of Silence, Dharma Moments and Corazon de Aguila are noteworthy.
Since 2005, Andres and his German wife Navino have lived in an artistic German village, Parimal, from where they repeatedly go on international concert tours, primarily to Canada, Chile, the USA and Europe he told the Tribune reporter. They agreed that Germany is fine in the summer but the climate of Chile is more appealing in winter.
Andres has been performing, recording or producing with Subhira (Chile), Grupo Agua (Chile), Jacqueline Fuentes (Chile), Joakin Bello (Chile), Lenedra Carroll (USA), Sluka (USA), Jewel (Kilcher)(USA), Amaresh Seelig (Germany), Dr. Hans Georg Hammerla (Germany), Vatika (Switzerland), Samarpan (Germany) and Sankalpananda, (Greece.)
Their next performance is at the Festival of Italy Sept 9, he said.
The performance in the Islands and Ocean auditorium Friday evening begins at 8 p.m. The price is $10 to $20 (Pay as you can.)
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