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Release: March 7, 2003

Inti-Illimani Brings The Music Of The Andes To Hancher Auditorium

Chile's Inti-Illimani, the international ambassadors of the music and culture of the Andes region, will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 30 in Hancher Auditorium on the University of Iowa campus.

During their visit to Iowa, the "Intis" will also present a special Hancher Stage Door series matinee for area school groups and present a concert at the Lakes Arts Center in Okoboji through a new cooperative relationship between Hancher and this small community-based arts center in northwest Iowa.

The music and humanistic vision of Inti-Illimani have intoxicated audiences around the globe for more than 35 years. The critic of the Los Angeles Times wrote, "Few Latin American acts can rival the Chilean group in terms of the sheer beauty of sound. Much like a Zen affirmation, Inti-Illimani's music floats within your soul, filling it with calmness and hope."

The seven artists of Inti-Illimani met at technical college in Santiago, where they were studying to be engineers. What resulted was not engineering, but artistic chemistry. Together they have mined the indigenous cultures of Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Argentina, developing a repertoire that evokes sacred places, carnivals, daily life and both the joys and suffering of some of the world's poorest people.

Their sound has intrigued musicians including Peter Gabriel, Sting and Bruce Springsteen, who have all sought out Inti-Illimani for CDs, performances and collaborations on behalf of Amnesty International.

Jorge Coulon, a founding member, in an interview stated: "We have never been so political that it was propaganda. We are not a political group in that sense, but we have always been politically engaged. We have a concept of society and about the relationships between human beings, and we try to translate our ideas into our sound, not to be part of one political party or another but in the sense to bring about a better world."

As citizens of Chile, Inti-Illimani has found politics to be something they cannot avoid. In 1973, Chilean President Salvador Allende was deposed while Inti-Illimani was on tour in Europe. The young musicians found themselves without a homeland or passport. Italy became their home for the next 14 years. In 1988, they were warmly welcomed back to Chile, and they moved home permanently in 1990.

Inti-Illimani has released more than 30 recordings since 1967. In 2000 Inti-Illimani signed a worldwide license agreement with Warner Brothers Latin America. Warner has released "The Best of Inti-Illimani: 1973-1987," "Inti-Illimani performs Victor Jara" (a selection of works by the late Chilean composer, singer, poet, actor and close friend of the Intis) and "Inti-Illimani: Antologia en vivo" (live tracks spanning 33 years). Xenophile Records also released "The Best of Inti-Illimani" with works from the four titles they did with Xenophile during the '90s.

During 2001-2, Inti-Illimani toured throughout South America, Italy, Spain, Mexico and North America, ending the year with a tour of Chile and Argentina with John Williams and Paco Peña.

At home, Inti-Illimani continues to be the most nominated group at the annual Entertainment Journalist Association Awards Ceremony in Santiago.

The critic of the Chicago Tribune wrote, "Inti-Illimani is like a talisman. The longer it's around, the more polished it becomes, the more it shines and reflects, and the more memories it collects"

Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center is the corporate sponsor of the Hancher performance, through the University of Iowa Foundation, with additional support from the Bud Pearson Fund for Arts Education and the Iowa Arts Council.

Tickets for Inti-Illimani are $30, $28 and $25 ($24 and $10 for UI students; $24, $22.40 and $20 for senior citizens; and half price for audience members 17 and younger).

Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial (319) 335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

Tickets may be ordered on-line 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Hancher's website: http://www.uiowa.edu/hancher .

Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option of payroll deduction.

For UI arts information and calendar updates, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, ur-acr@uiowa.edu.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

CONTACT: Winston Barclay, 319-384-0073, winston-barclay@uiowa.edu.

PHOTOS are available at http://www.uiowa.edu/hancher/media.html

OTHER INFORMATION: For more information about the Hancher/Lakes Arts Center relationship, talk to Hancher's Chuck Swanson [319-335-1133 or charles-swanson@uiowa.edu].