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KQED Plus: Sun, Apr 29, 2018 -- 2:30 PM

Inspired by the Ecuadoran huashayo, an individual appointed to hire musicians for a special celebration, Grammy-winning Western classical composer Gabriela Frank - a member of the multicultural and genre-bending Silk Road Ensemble - decided to recreate a traditional Western composition and use only South America's native instruments. The resulting piece, "Compadre Huashayo," is a lively and intriguing cultural blend of tone and style.
This Emmy-nominated documentary follows the story of this custom-designed composition, which fuses stylistic traits from two different musical traditions. It captures Frank's trips to local villages for inspiration, the workshopping of ideas across two continents, rehearsals with the 40-member ensemble La Orquesta de Instrumentos Andinos (Orchestra of Andean Instruments), the collaboration with award-winning Chilean conductor Alejandra Urrutia, and the sold-out opening night in the Ecuadoran capital of Quito. In interviews, Gabriela speaks about the project's tight four-month turnaround and the challenges of scoring a symphony made up entirely of indigenous instruments. Orchestra members - some of whom were self-trained - discuss undertaking the challenging, yet rewarding piece, and the deeper meaning behind the project.

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