Cuicani traverses the Andean
regions diverse regional styles, weaving in songs along the way.
Traditional musical styles such as sikureadas and kantus
can be heard along with mestizo marineras, bailecitos,
chacareras, huaynos, and takiraris from Peru,
northern Argentina, and Bolivia.
Cuicani’s unique instrumentation
combines traditional Andean instruments, such as the siku (pan
flute), the quena (Andean flute), and the bombo (drum),
with stringed instruments of European origin and European or Native
American manufacture, such as the violin, the mandolin, the guitar,
and the charango. The sensitivity and artistry of this
trio results in both a sweet and a powerful sonority that mirrors the
rich spirit of the music of some of the many cultures of the Andean
regions of South America.
The members of Cuicani are
deeply committed to their Latin American heritage and to promoting an
awareness of Latin American peoples and cultures through their music
and presentations. The trio has been performing throughout Wisconsin
since 1987. Cuicani’s repertoire brings you an example of
the breath of the Andean repertoires. Cuicani combines the talents
of three musicians who play a variety of instruments:
Raquel G. Paraíso
(from Spain): trained as a classical musician, Raquel plays siku,
mandolin, violin, and percussion.
(from Colombia) is both a talented musician and a sound sculpture artist.
He plays quena, quenacho, and percussion.
(from Mexico), the founding member of the group, plays guitar, charango,