The Madison-based guitarist explores his multi-faceted approach to jazz and Afro-Latin music in an octet setting. Info
The InDIGineous jazz series continues its lineup of local performances focused on original compositions with Madisonian and Peruvian-American guitarist Richard Hildner Armacanqui, sometimes referred to as simply Richard Hildner. His versatile playing brings attention to Latin-American musical ideas often marginalized in Madison, mixing music he picked up from his family with other traditions, especially jazz. Armacanqui executes that ambitious stylistic meld with striking fluidity and precision, putting his talents to use in a diverse array of bands, including the Afro-Peruvian acoustic dance group Golpe Tierra and the funky quartet Barbacoa.
Armacanqui's original compositions, which will be a focus of the night, seek to reflect his sense of hope for a future of diverse representation, and he often plays with a huayno style—a popular genre of Andean music characterized by a three-count rhythm (like a waltz) that emphasizes the first beat, making it great for dancing. Collaborating with seven other musicians—sax/bass clarinet player Tony Barba, trombonist Nat Mcintosh, pianist Edu Campos, bassist Nick Moran, vocalist-percussionist Juan Tomás Martinez, and percussionists Yorel Lashley and Aaron Gochberg—Armacanqui will also play other compositions that draw from Andean, Afro-Cuban and Latin-jazz traditions. "A lot of its music this group hasn't played before," Armacanqui says. "We had to get together and sit down to learn these new styles, so it's very exciting." —Reid Kurkerewicz