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Fernando Espindola has been playing Andean music since his early teenage years in Bolivia. As a native of Oruro, the city famous for having the most elaborate carnival in Bolivia, he was exposed to a concentration of folklore that would be difficult to equal anywhere else. Fernando has developed a high degree of instrumental facility on both the kena and the various zamponas. He has composed original music for his group Llajtayku and employs his intimate knowledge of Bolivian genres to add an individual dimension to the group’s repertoire. Fernando and Llajtayku have performed at Salt Lake’s Living Traditions Festival, the Utah Arts Festival, First Night, and various other Utah venues. Fernando’s skills also include organizing and leading a folk-dance ensemble that performs at Centro Civico Mexicano, among other places. He speaks English, Spanish and French. Fernando writes, “The music of the Andes is music with feelings; it has riches in ritmes, melodies and instruments. It can help people feel better.” Call artist for availability; requires a small sound system. Prefers small groups, 10-15 students. Available for short-term activities.