The Imbayakunas' music allows the listener to escape on an exotic voyage to a South
American traditional Native community. Our musical intention is to share the rich
sounds of the Andean regions. In Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia traditional music is
the privileged expression of 20 million Quechua and 4 million Aymaras.
Our music ranges from the traditional sounds of Yarabi, San Juan, Albasos, Tinkus,
Huaynos, Tobas, Taquiraris and Sayas to the more contemporary sounds of Cumbias,
Bombas, Rumbas and Ballads. We play traditional Andean Native music with an infusion
of Latin and European sounds. Our traditional instruments are the pan flutes, rondador,
charango, drum, ronrroco and cajas. We also use newer instruments like the guitar,
violin, bandolin and bass. The mixing of these sounds allows us to expand our art.
We have been told by our audiences that our distinctive melodies speak to the heart
and soul. Some of our rhythms are pensive and incorporate sounds of the natural
world while others are upbeat and very danceable. The songs are sung in Spanish
and also Quechua (pronounced "kee - chew - ahh"). Themes of the songs are of respect
for "Pacha Mama" (mother earth in Quechua), annual Andean festivals, working overseas,
love and new romance.
Our musical expression creates an environment that unites us all. The songs are
interpretations of our past and the evolution of our culture into the future.