Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Los Jaivas-El Volantín,LP,1971,Chile

One of the most sought after long plays of Chilean music history,fetching prices of 900-1000 USD.
In 1963 the three brothers Parra (Claudius, Gabriel and Eduardo) started a group with some friends
(Eduardo "Gato/Cat" Alquinta and Mario Mutis ) called High Bass. (They took their name from their guitar amplifier (it had two knobs : 'high' and 'bass'). They gigged with a kind of tropical mix in (discotheques of) their native region of Vina del Mar and periodically in Santiago, the capitol of Chili. This happened in a time a 'new Chilean wave' came to life to express pop music under influence of rock'n roll, twist, ballads and other forms with original compositions. On the other hand there arose a neo-folk movement with simpler instrumentation and an influence from jazzy expressions stimulated by the national record industry to give this genre equally concern. Some years after that the 'Nueva Canción Chilena" ("the new Chilean song") with folkloristic elements combined with social concerns in the Andes region was another influence that led rise a different kind of folk music. One of the early groups, together with High Bass were "Los Masters" that later led to the birth of Congreso. Another rise of popularity was stimulated by the interest in The Beatles. High Bass wanted to follow its own direction and spirit adapting all kinds of influences to transform them in their own way. Also the University Reformation of '68 made everybody aware of much more what was happening everywhere, also musically and artistically it gave the openness for wider explorations. End '69 Eduardo Parra wanted to get jazz in form of improvisation and fusion techniques into the mix, but without having the right instruments they continued to adapt other elements (Caribbean,..) like also some rock flavour from the time of the Beatles, very soon becoming the unique progressive blend they stand for. Into this new spirit of grapping the new elements they changed their name (in some way they "chileanized" their name into Los Jaivas (with a transformation of their name from a "jaiba" into "jaivas", meaning "little crabs" now), deeply involved in Andean roots but also with an openness to the fitting in the whole world with the help of the Western elements. Therefore they used some electronic instruments as well as old folk instruments. Also the term "Inca-Rock" fitted with their music. Gabriel's passion remained the trumpet and the secret sounds of whistle instruments. Eduardo's interest in poetry would also be one of the underlying influences in the group's creative process.
The newly named group released "El Volantin" privately. The music on this album was almost completely derived from improvisations, and can be considered as a performance of a "happening". It was pretty wild and free. From 20 hours of work only 40 minutes were used for publication. There were only 500 albums printed. It became not so widely known because it also did not fit to what radiostations usually played. The usual rockgroups from that time explored the electroacoustic styles, and were influenced by Cream or Jimmy Hendrix and Led Zeppelin. Los Jaivas used the development of improvisation, also during the live concerts.This album was first privately released, with free, freak-out and drugged like versions of music based upon Chilean Folk fundaments and dement percussion. Not always fantastic, but with fine moments. Especially "Cacho" is worth discovering. The rest might be a bit exaggerating. Almost the complete album was totally improvised.
From:http://progressive.homestead.com/LOSJAIVAS.html
Los Jaivas are still active in Chile.

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7 comments:

Leonardo from Valpocity said...

I see this Lp few days ago....in my country valparaiso, chile. in a flea market... Its was recentrly sold...

thanks por charing this album...its cool see a awsome chilean band in this blog...

cheers to all from chile, it s a very amazing blog....really...

cya!

frostymug said...

Whatever flag that is, they ripped it off from Texas. The difference is small.

Me and my own said...

probably you whant to know Chile flag is 22 years older than Texas one. So ¿who ripped it off?

Anonymous said...

frostymug,

Chilean flag : 1817-10-18
Texas flag : 1839-01-24

Anonymous said...

frostymug,

Chilean flag : 1817-10-18
Texas flag : 1839-01-24

Sorry..............

Anonymous said...

Hey, The name of the country is CHILE, not chili...

Dirty Jeff said...

I'm a Congreso man, huge into Los Blops, and appreciate Sacros... and I want this Jaivas album so bad! Can only find a vinyl copy for $70. The search continues, thanks for the info.