Andino Suns

Andino Suns

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“Modern Andean party music” is how Regina’s multi-instrumental world music group, Andino Suns, describes the sound that they’ve launched from stages since 2009. With fiery instrumentation, energetic performances, and a resounding message of freedom, hope, and love, the band perfectly fuses the vibrant traditional sounds of the Andes Mountains with modern Latin grooves and rhythms.

Andino Suns is mainly comprised of second-generation Canadians with strong Chilean roots. Lead vocals are ably handled by the group’s co-leader, Andrés (Andy) Dávalos. All of the members vocally contribute to the songs, most of which are sung in Spanish. All between-song banter and audience communication is in comprehensible Prairie Canadian English!

Instruments played by the band range from the exotic charango (Andean mandolin) to the familiar nylon-stringed guitar. 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!

Other members of the band include co-leader Andrés Palma and Cristian Moya. Erik Mehlsen and Brian Warren join when Andino Suns performs as a five-piece unit, giving the band significantly more presence in a festival or dance performance. Speaking of festivals, the band has performed at JUNOfest, the Regina Folk Festival, and Mundial Montreal, among others and dreams of one day looking back at playing every major summer music festival in Canada!

In 2015, Andino Suns was nominated for World Recording of the Year by the Western Canada Music Awards for its album, It's Time to Rise.

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.

"A wild and wooly melding of Ennio Morriconne and Manu Chao."

Roddy Campbell, Editor, Penguin Eggs Magazine

"Canada-based band Andino Suns are starting to make a name for themselves but their ultimate goal is making it big in Chile — the land of their forefathers.”George Nelson, The Santiago Times

“Chilean roots are the crux of the band’s sound...True to the sound of the Andes Mountains, Andino Suns incorporates regional instruments...Then there are the vocals — five-part harmonies, all in Spanish.”Ashley Martin, Regina Leader Post and Saskatoon Star Pheonix

“The musicians who make up the band are getting better and better at melding their favourite sounds into something distinctive and compelling.”Alex J Macpherson, Verb Magazine

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