The well known Chilean folk band Hermanos Millar will give their first and only performance in Wales and the North West at Clwyd Theatr Cymru in Mold on Saturday, November 15 at 8pm.
Hermanos Millar consist of two sisters, Juana and Ema, plus brother Pedro. They play traditional Latin American instruments and perform their own songs.
All of them are professional music teachers, influenced by the Chilean New song movement of the 1960s, the most famous exponents of which were Violeta Parra and Victor Jara.
The group’s most recent musical work is based on the poetry of Gabriela Mistral, Chile’s first Nobel Prize of Literature. Hermanos Millar play the traditional Spanish guitar, South American Guitar (charango), bombo (drum), quena (pan pipes) and other instruments.
“This is a fantastic band, and we hope everyone will come along and enjoy an evening of traditional Latin American music and songs,” says Chilean-born Apolo Santana, the chairman of the organiser, the Clwyd Latin America Human Rights Group (CLAHRG). “The event will be suitable for all ages, and everybody’s welcome.”
Hermanos Millar have played previously in Italy, Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain.
Their mother, Juana Gutierrez Bustamante, studied piano and musical theory and sang, while her mother Juana Bustamante Bascuñan was a piano player.
Juana nurtured their passion and enthusiasm for Chilean, Latin American and European folk music as well as the arts in general. Their father was an engraver and distinguished academic. He was awarded the 2013 Municipal Arts Prize of Santiago.
Pedro Millar Gutiérrez is a graduate in music theory. He makes musical arrangements, composes and studied orchestral directing. He plays the cuatro (four-string guitar) and classic guitar.
Recently, he was awarded the CERES prize in Chile for his latest release, “Bitácora de un Destierro”. He plays in the Symphonic Orchestra of the University of Concepcion.
Ema Millar Gutiérrez is a music teacher who works at the University of Concepcion. She plays the cuatro, charango, guitar, the cajón (wooden box) and other instruments.
Paulina Lambert Juantock (who will replace Juana Millar for the Mold concert) teaches music in different primary schools in Santiago and play bass, guitar and the cuatro.
There will be a licensed bar and stalls at the event at the Mold venue. All proceeds will go towards development work in Latin America.
For further details and to reserve tickets, please call 01352 740642 or 01244 538583, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.