The new DEMO Center for Music opened it’s doors to the neighborhood for an open house on September 12th welcoming musicians and supporters to our new space. Aside from being able to talk to board members and staff about the organization’s mission and plans, the public was entertained by a fantastic stage christening set from Andean/Latin American folk act Alma Andina. While many may not recognize the first song in the clip, everyone will know the one at 1:28
About Alma Andina
Alma Andina, or Soul of the Andes, is a Minneapolis-based group that performs Andean and Latin American music. The group’s director Vladimir Garrido hails from northern Chile, where his mother Nia has been singing folk music for over 30 years. He created Alma Andina in 2007 with his cousin and uncle, and when his uncle returned to Chile, Vladimir sought new band members and recruited Nicolas Munoz and Matthew Levin, young talented Chileans. The band was joined by two Americans, both of whom had lived in Chile and learned with its music and culture: Emily Savage, charango and flute, and guitarist Matt Kitchin.
The group recorded an album that has helped bring the music they perform live to a wider audience. They are currently working on their second studio recording.
Alma Andina derives its inspiration from a love of folklore, and a desire to share and promote Latin American music and the rich cultural heritage of the Andes