|The Atacama Ensemble combines the unique talents of four musicians whose musical backgrounds range from South American folkloric oral tradition to purely western classical training.
Woodwind and percussion specialist Roberto Clavijo, flutist and Andean woodwind player Gonzalo Cortes, charango and viola player Carlos Boltes, and guitarist Scott Hill have performed extensively with orchestras as soloists and as members of ensembles throughout North and South America as well as Europe. They have lectured on South American music at the Smithsonian and have collaborated with many choirs including the Voce Choir of Hartford, the Battenkill Choral, the Phoenicia Festival of the Voice Choir and the Choral Arts Society of Washington, D.C., with whom they recorded the Misa Criolla for NAXOS records. Most recently, they performed in the American premiere of Jaime Soto Leon's "Misa Andina" with the award-winning Crescendo Choir.
Praised for their easygoing and gregarious stage manner, the ensemble is a big hit on college campuses. Each member of the ensemble delivers humorous anecdotes that showcase the wide variety of instruments on which they perform and describe how this music is learned. Can you say "charango or zampoña”?