Led by Milo Batista
, his group, "Alborada," includes his wife Lordes, his 13-year-old son Paul, his eight-year-old daughter Jhoanna and nephew Jose Serrano.
is hailed as a virtuoso on Andean flutes and has mastered several different folk instruments and styles.His background includes a lifetime career as a teacher of traditional music and instruments as well as the European classics.
Andean music is often mistakenly referred to as "Inca music" though the wind and percussion instruments are indigenous to the Andean world and existed in pre-Columbian America in 1200-1500 A.D.
This was several hundred years before the Incas came onto the scene.
Some archeological studies show that certain musical instruments in the Andean highlands were played before the birth of Christ.
...Before forming Alborada, Mr. Batista was a popular entertainer for 15 years, was the musical director of Khenany and performed with them at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and other noted halls throughout the Americas.He
is considered an outstanding composer and musician, talents that have been stimulated by his
travels and experiences collecting original folk music from Latin America.Alborada
compose and perform music based on the folkloric traditions of countries including Bolivia, Paraguay, Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Peru.
Parts of his
compositions have been used for a National Geographic Society production and his
goal is to keep the music of the Andean culture alive by performing it with his
family and passing it from generation to generation.
The variety of Andean music differs in instruments, tuning, dance and rhythm, depending on the regions and villages it comes from.