On the centenary of her birth, we present a look at the startling true and imagined biography of Zoila Emperatriz Chávarri del Castillo, known universally as Yma Súmac. This singer’s unique songs will be expressed through the voice of the soprano Sylvia Falcón. There will also be a discussion involving the historian Carmen McEvoy, the journalist Miguel Molinari and Sylvia Falcón together with the Special Projects Editor of El Comercio newspaper, Jaime Bedoya.
The renowned trumpet player Nicolas Gardel offers us a performance involving his exciting new project: a duo with the young pianist Arthur Guyard. These two unusual instrumentalists come with a playlist full of personal compositions, including some re-readings of jazz standards. Virtuoso and lyrical, the two musicians will take us on a journey, reinventing jazz in order to make it accessible: jazz for everyone. It is a great pleasure for the Arequipa Alianza Francesa to welcome these two great talents from the contemporary French jazz scene and offer the audience this musical experience full of classics from the jazz repertoire as well as versions of famous French songs.
Singer-songwriter, dancer, researcher, teacher and key figure in Afro-Peruvian music, Susana Baca is one of Peru’s most loved and admired artists. She has been the country’s Minister of Culture, Chair of the OAS’ Inter-American Committee on Culture, and three-time winner of the Latin Grammy award. Over the course of her career she has made 15 albums. This year she presents her memoire, Yo vengo a ofrecer mi corazón. In conversation with Jeremías Gamboa.