musical vision is twofold. First
the ensemble hopes to debunk western stereotypes of South American
culture in particular and Latin music and culture at large. By sharing
musical gifts of these lands in its purest and rawest forms as well as
with newer, hybrid creations of subsequent artistic, historic and
portrays the vast cultural wealth from these regions in a cornucopia of
knowledge. In the United States,
profit interested groups have purposely created an aura of mysticism
around the genre and its people. Their
efforts, geared to maximize its consumption and thus its profit, have
misinformed North American audiences about the poise, representation,
performance, accuracy and content of people and music.
Pair to their “hunger” for the exotic, North American audiences have
been fooled into accepting the stereotype.
treats these exquisite musics with the care, respect and love for our
found in our own ancestry.
group also hopes to show its listeners that America is larger than the
States: that America in fact stretches from Alaska to the tip of Tierra
Fuego. The members of MarKamusic
feel that our diverse cultures tied by history and geography but
politics and language can most effectively be reconciled by sharing,
the merging, of our artistic expressions. MarKamusic's
musicians, one Peruvian, a Guatemalan, two Puerto Ricans, an
Ecuadorean and a New
represent the potential of this harmonious exchange.