A diverse line-up set to play at Disney Hall’s “Gracias a la Vida” concert in April.
The traditional music of Chile and its message will fill L.A.’s Walt Disney Concert Hall in April, when a diverse line-up of artists comes together for a tribute to Chilean folk great Violeta Parra.
"Violeta Parra was ahead of her time, a misunderstood libertarian, emancipated and free in the most acute sense of her work and with her words,” says the fierce and feminist hip-hop artist Ana Tijoux, who will perform at the April 25 show.
“Through her work Violeta wove and threaded the history of the Chilean campesino, complex, unjust and poor,” explains Tijoux, whose own songs reflect common ideals with Parra’s folkloric anthems. “Violeta is pain and beauty, strength and sensitivity. Violeta is the mother of our music, our mother muse, and our mother voice.” Pop singer-songwriter Francisca Valenzuela and Parra’s niece, Colombina Parra, are also scheduled to perform at the tribute. They will be joined by Illapu, a Chilean group whose music is based on Andean rhythms with lyrics calling for the preservation of indigenous Latin American culture.