The spiritual essence of Latin America's Andean music
emerge from the Incan culture and is embodied in the flauta
de pan or wooden windpipes. Edgar Muenala,
native of Otavalo, ventured further than
his people's history would have it (or came closer to
it?) and fused Andean music with that of the Far East.
The musical life of Mr. Muenala started
at the age of 18 as part of the group Ñanda
Mañachi. Muenala is an exceptional musician
who plays equally well the guitar, mandolin, violin and charango (small 10 string guitars typical of
the Andes). His specialty, however, are the Andean wind
instruments such as kena, rondador and flauta de pan.
With Ñanda Mañachi, Muenala traveled outside of Ecuador and was able
to visit the USA and Canada. In Canada, Edgar had his
first encounter with Chinese culture. Fascinated by the
piercing melodies of Oriental music, Muenala adapted his
style to a mix of electronic sound with digital effects
with classical Chinese and Andean instruments. This innovation
gives a new flavor and is a revolution in typcal Andean
music. However, the familiarity in the musical essence
of East and West remains. “When I play Chinese instruments,"
states Muenala, "it's like playing a san juanito (a traditional Ecuadorian mestizo rhythm).”
Muenala currently lives in Canada where he has resided
for the past 13 years. This July he will participate in
the Festival of Shangai in China. Among his current ambitions
is to promote his web page, Nativo Site, and to make it a place of congregation for traditional
musicians around the world.
The song we present for your listening
pleasure is entitled “Green Mountain.” This
beautiful song relates to the varying seasons in China
and tells the tale of a father saying goodbye to his daughter
who is about to leave for the mountains. The song features
the Chinese vocalist, D'arci Han.