Known for being instinctively adventurous and musically inquisitive, Andino Suns began with Chilean-Canadians Andrés and Pablo Davalos and their friend, Andrés Palma, as an effort to recreate the traditional Andean music of their childhood. Since its inception, the band has performed across Canada at a variety of festivals and showcases and was selected to represent Saskatchewan at Mundial Montreal, a premiere world music showcase event. The band has also been chosen by jury to showcase at the 2016 Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City.
The band’s leadership is jointly shared by the two Andrés – Palma and Davalos, with the latter taking care of most of the lead vocals and the former skillfully handling the guitar. They become a trio when joined by Cristian Moya and a quintet when Erik Mehlsen and Brian Warren join in, giving Andino Suns a significantly higher impact in a festival or dance setting.
The band’s instrumental arsenal includes charango (Andean mandolin), quena (Andean flute), Zampoña (andean pan flute), bombo (andean drum), cajon, Cuban tres, nylon-stringed guitars, bass guitar, drum kit, and harmonicas. If nothing else, the mélange of sounds emanating from Andino Suns is truly exotic and so rhythmic that it’s hard to resist dancing – let alone move at least three body parts!
In 2013, the band released its self-titled debut album, a collection of beautifully upbeat songs presented entirely in Spanish. Their sophomore album, It’s Time to Rise, followed one year later. It added the flavour of rock to the band’s original traditional Andean sound and, in 2015, was nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award for World Recording of the Year. Building on this momentum, Andino Suns will be immersed in the studio sometime in 2016 to work on their third album, initially conceived as a dynamic return to their Andean folk roots and the promise it’ll be their best recorded music to date.
Andino Suns offer presenters the opportunity to mount accessible and genuine “world music” on a North American stage at a fraction of the cost of (and significantly fewer hassles inherent to) bringing an act of equivalent quality all the way from South America. The band exhibits Canada’s commitment to multiculturalism and to fostering and maintaining the musical roots of immigrants through their offspring.