You can find South American pan-pipe bands in the parks and subways of any major North American city.
You can find South American pan-pipe bands in the parks and subways of any major North American city. Rumor has it that the disc these bands offer for sale is simply the same disc, repackaged from band to band. Tito La Rosa's The Prophecy of the Eagle and the Condor is definitely not that CD. Here, La Rosa plays the pan-pipes, quenas, and percussion that mark the pre-Colombian music of his native Peru. The disc finds him teaming with Native American flute player Mary Youngblood. Along with producer Tom Wasinger's guitars, keyboards, percussion, and strings (like the Middle Eastern rebab), this team orchestrates ceremonial moods, ethereal atmospheres, and lyrically serene evocations. La Rosa and Youngblood interweave North and South American winds like smoke on "All One Nation" and trade leads on more exuberant tunes, such as "The Dance of the Puma and the Wolf."—JD