Yaki Kandru
Indian music of the american continent
Yaki Kandru
Its history
The Concert
The musical journey
The Program
The Artists
Jorge Lopez Palacio
Sylvie Blasco
The Workshop
Bodies of the Voice
Voices of the Body
Some Publications
Books and Discs
It was 40.000 years ago or more. Neither the rivers, neither the lakes, neither the mountains, neither the plants, neither the animals, neither the sun, neither the moon, nor the stars of this vast America, had name yet.
They arrived by the Far North, and with them came the first verbs, the first words. Each thing accepted its name. These first Men dreamed, merry and sad, tender and terrible. They danced, sang, to call a good hunting, to alleviate the fury of the elements, to communicate with the spirits, to cure fear. In successive waves they advanced through all the continent, the ones populating the mountains and the plains, the others going on the ranges the Atlantic ones and of the Pacific, when the oceans were lower, before does not melt the ice and that are not erased their sand traces. From their thought basically animist, they drew their wisdom, dialoguing in a friendly way with Nature, dialoguing with the world of the spirits, building complex civilizations. The conceptual richness their myths, their poetry, unified this continent, where were cotoyaient several hundreds of languages.
500 years ago, their great verb was broken, a such ground pot. Today, the thought of the Indians of America tries to survive by engaging the dialogue with the other people of the Earth.
This concert pays homage to these women and these men who created and poetized America, during so many thousands of years. (J Lopez)
History of Yaki Kandru

Yaki Kandru = " I am Hungry "

In 1971, in Colombia, Jorge Lopez Palacio, singer and anthropologist, share with his group for the desert of Goajira charged with an immense basket full of musical instruments, it is to offer to Goajiros a concert made up of music and songs amérindiens, and to make known to them thus, the existence and the culture of other Indian groups.
This teaching work based on solidarity with the Indian communities, it will learn the musical, philosophical and human lessons which will give direction to the artistic step of Yaki Kandru whose creations will be presented in very many concerts, in Latin America then in Europe.
In this long history, this concert inaugurates a new stage. It affirms the fundamental role of the song in the indigenous cultures and the value symbolic system of the voice, voice which knows the world, poetizes it.
This concert, testimony of alive cultures, is a homage to the indigenous people of Americas, their creativity, their philosophies, their fights.
This concert " Music of the World " invites to the meeting, opens with new spaces of poetry and creation.
Of its foundation at our days, this group carried out several discs and of the hundreds in concerts in Latin America, Europe and Africa.
The Musical Journey

The musical voyage to which invites us the group Yaki Kandru crosses America. Throughout this voyage which leaves Alaska, passes by Mexico, makes the turning by the Amazonian forest, stretches itself until Patagonie to return on banks of Orénoque, the two musicians Jorge Lopez Palacio, founder and director of the group and Sylvie Blasco make us discover the beauty and the force of the musics and the traditional songs of the Indian people of Americas.
The voyage introduces us with the music of ritual origin. It takes us along to the Yaqui Indians of Mexico with the vibrating rate/rhythm of the scrapers at the time of the dnse of the stag. It leads us at the Indians of the plains colombo-vénézuéliennes whose horns of bamboos to the sounds envoûtants terrified Spanish at the time of the conquest.
Further, the voyage sticks to the echoes of the everyday life. A Eskimo mother sings with her child, a Yécuana woman accompanies by her song the harvest of the manioc.
The voyage astonishes the eyes: polished water-bottles, giant flutes, maracas on which is painted the paths of the mythical ants, horns with the rebounded bellies, pearly shells with the tone. True sound sculptures, these instruments, mythical characters out of Indian ground, deliver their magic here.
Throughout voyage is essential the dialogue, this dialogue which structure all the music amériendienne. Here, dialogue of a man and a woman exchanging their songs, there dialogue of flutes of which is born the melody, there still, dialogue of the bodies, modelled by the requirements of the song and from where emerges choreography.
Throughout voyage resounds the song, song of stamps, textures, of senssations, song nourished by the voices of the animals and the spirits.

The Program

" If the men do not sing, the children do not think, they are sad and do not learn how to speak. If the men sing, the flêche tonerre strikes neither homm, neither woman, neither child, nor old man " . (Words of the Indians Piaroa - Orénoque)


Vocal plays of inspiration Inuit and Wora
Inuit Lullaby
Song chamanic Inuit, with drum
The Sun's path (Nayarit, Mexico)
Song to accompagny the pounding of the corn (Navajo, USA)
"I'm in love with a young Navajo" (Apache, USA)
I-Coos, the happy wind
Composed by J. Lopez Palacio on a Seri theme (Mexico)
Ji-U-Ri, the badger (Yaqui, Mexico)
Song and dance of the deer
Edanaka Hani Amode (Yécuana, Venezuela)
Song to plante and harvest the manioc and to be protected from the bad spririts.
The Golden Snack
Composed by J. Lopez Palacio for suara, flute from the Cuna indians (Colombia)
Variations on the theme "Totuma vacia"
for Pan Flutes "Kamu purrui" (Cuna Indians , Darien forest, Colombia)
Ujaj (Shuar, Equator)
Woman song during the tsansa ritual or reducted heads.
Composed by J. Lopez Palacio for fotutos (Orénoque colombo-vénézuélian)
Love Song (Wyana, Guyana)

Composed by J. Lopez for yapurutus (Cubéo, forest Colombia)
By J. Lopez on a shamanic song from Chaco (Argentine)
The Morning Star
variation for Wora
(Piaroa, Colombia, Venezuela)
"IThere is no begining ... But there is maybe an end. LThe last thing to disappear was the Morning Star . When she disappeared... she blew, and her blast went to the bottom of the earth . (J. Monod, "Wora, la déesse cachée")

Jorge Lopez Palacio

Colombian singer and anthropologist, Jorge Lopez Palacio is one of the latino-americans actor and promoter of the dialogue the cultures of the world.
In 1970, he founded, at the University of Colombia, in Bogota, the group Yaki Kandru to study and diffuse the aborigianl cultures and musics from the american continent.
For ten years, Jorge Lopez Palacio was teaching the Voices technics at the National Dramatic Art school of Bogota. As a lyric singer, he interpreted the tenor solist of the 9th Symphony of Beethoven and the contra-tenor of "Carmina Burana" of Carl Orff with the National Symphonic Ochestra of Colombia and gaves "Lied" concerts (Shubert & Beethoven) with the pianist Consuelo Mejia. Specialist of the hispano-american romancero,he composes in this ancien literary and musical genre, a very personal vocal interpretation.
Resident in France since 1982,he teach Voice anthropology at the Musicotherapy International Center in Paris aswell as at the Feldenkrais Center - Christoph Berger in Bâle, and collaborate to the "Ateliers d'Ethnomusicologies" in Genève

Sylvie Blasco

Choregraph of the ORKHEMA compagny from 1986 to 1990. Today her research on the movement grow rich from the experimental and conceptual approach of the voice. In Yaki Kandru, she study and perform the vocal repertory of the american indian woman. Otherwise she animate workshops on "Dances and improvisations" and teach the kinomichi or the Noro Method in relation with the voice. She also practises to shiatsu.
Some Publications
Yaki Kandru, Bogota 1977
Yaki Kandru, Cuba & RFA, 1979, German Disc Award 1982
Yaki Kandru, Music from the tropical rainforest & other magic places, Network 98
Yaki Kandru, Ameriendian Music, 1998
Izikowitz K.G. - Musical and other Sound Instruments of South American Indians
-> Elanders Boktryckeri, 1935
Lévi-Strauss C. - Tristes Tropiques
-> Plon 1955
Marti S. - Instrumentos musicales precortesianos
-> Universitad Autonoma de Mexico, Instituto Nacional de Anthropologia, 1956
Mendoza V. - Panorama de la musica tradicional de Mexico
-> Universitad Autonoma de Mexico, 1956
Seeger A. - Why the Suya sing : A musical Anthology of an Amazonian People
-> Cambridge University Press, 1987