Eva Ayllon to Play Carnegie Hall, 10/26
On Saturday, October 26 at 8:00 p.m., Peru's legendary "Queen of landó" Eva Ayllón returns to Carnegie Hall for a one-night-only concert featuring her timeless vocals, larger-than-life stage presence, and outstanding dance moves. Reflecting the musical genres of the coastal plains of Lima, Ayllón-known for singing thelandó, festejo, and vals-brings elements of all mestizo blends of Peru's indigenous, African, and Spanish musical heritage together with call-and-response, complex syncopation, and melancholic melodies to give audiences a powerful show that reflects her country's diverse ancestry.
For this performance-part of Ayllón's 2013 national tour-her band includes Marco Campos (congas, cajón, and Afro-Peruvian percussion),Moises Lama (piano), Mariano Liy (bass), Eddy Sanchez (guitar), Jesus "Gigio" Parodi (Peruviancajón and percussion), José Villanueva (trumpet), Yula Pumarada (vocals), and Nadia Calmet(choreography).
Eva Ayllón began performing in Peruvian peñas (or nightclubs) in the 1970s, and by the 1980s she had made a number of popular recordings and collaborated with such well-established Peruvian groups as Los Kipus. In 1989, her performance as lead vocalist with Los Hijos del Sol sealed her status as a Peruvian national star, and by the 1990s, she had become Peru's most popular living singer of both música criolla and Afro-Peruvian styles, with several platinum records and fans the world over. In 2003, she garnered two Latin Grammy Award nominations in the Best Folk Album category, and in 2008 she made her Carnegie Hall debut in front of a sold-out audience. Ayllón is currently working on an album of boleros that will take listeners on a journey from Lima to Havana via San Juan. This fall, she will star in the Peruvian version of the popular television series "The Voice."