Istante Illimani is a new little band coming from the Istante collective. The story of the band comes from friendship and shared love of the beautiful little things in odd shapes that is the music of Inti-Illimani. It began with Nicola’s childhood memories: his parents being avid Inti-Illimani fans back in the Andean folk revival in late 60s and 70s, the band could be often found gracing the family record player. Nico has also travelled to South America on tours with baroque bands, and so here he sings and plays the accordion as well as flutes, recorders and quena.

John-Henry was born in Arequipa, Peru and lived in Juliana and Lima until he was 12. But his love of Andean folk only started fairly recently when Nico lent him a charango and he started discovering the music of Inti-Illimani for himself. Although normally a double bass player, John-Henry plays charango, guitar, sings and plays the bass drum in this group. The duo is also occasionally join by Matthew Redman on guitar, harp-guitar and other plucked instruments, and Maite Colas on viola and vocals.

02_instante_andesLive at Heath St Baptist Church 22/05/2018