Renowned Chilean musician visits Berkeley

Renowned Chilean musician-composer Horacio Salinas is on campus this week, finishing up a residency at the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS).

‘An evening with Horacio Salinas’

Famed worldwide as a member of Chilean folk-music ensemble Inti-Illimani, Salinas is here teaching a short course on the origins, traditions and impact of Latin American music. In an intimate concert held at the Bancroft Hotel Nov. 1, he performed for CLAS students and other members of the campus community.

Salinas joined the original Inti-Illimani — one of the foremost groups of the Latin American nueva canción movement — in 1967, shortly after the group’s founding. Its song “Venceremos” became the anthem of Salvador Allende’s left-wing Popular Unity government.

The group was on tour in Europe at the time of the 1973 coup overthrowing Allende. Unable to return home, its members took up residence in Italy. For the next 14 years they created a modern world music, weaving together Latin American and European elements, which they shared with audiences around the world. Salinas and his compatriots moved back to Chile in 1990.

With Inti-Illimani, Salinas performed on more than 40 recordings. His solo output includes “Remos en el Agua” (2003), “Música para Cine” (1997), “Trazos de Cielo Sur” (1992) and “La Música de Horacio Salinas” (1986).