About Chaski

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Chaski [CHAH-ski] means “messenger” in the Incan language of Quechua [KECH-wah]. In the spirit of this Andean traveler, Chaski brings to its audiences classical, Celtic, and Latin American folk music featuring all kinds of flutes and harps. Based in Austin, Texas, Chaski has performed together since 1985 and has toured the United States, Costa Rica, Venezuela, England, and Scotland. Five independently produced recordings, Chaski (1989), Pacha Mama (1991), El sariri (1995), Unay (2000), and Viracocha (2005) feature selections from Chaski’s repertoire on flute, sikus (panpipes), quena, flauto traverso, harp, cuatro, guitar, charango, bombo, maracas and other instruments. Chaski was featured on the soundtrack of 2006 IMAX film Ride Around the World: A Cowboy Adventure.

Chaski began performing classical flute and harp music in April of 1985. Venezuelan songs that Adrienne’s mother had brought from her homeland gradually made their way into Chaski’s repertoire. Shana and Adrienne joined the University of Texas at Austin Brazilian and Andean Music Ensembles to learn more about depth and variety of Latin American music. The success of their expanded repertoire led them to welcome guitarist Dan Dickey into the group in about 1991. Chaski's concerts draw Celtic, classical, Latin American folk, Sephardic, and new music. They perform everything from intimate house concerts to school concerts to choral and orchestra concerts as featured soloists.

Adrienne Inglis

Born in Berkeley, California, Adrienne Inglis learned to play the flute and piano as a child. She received a Bachelor of Music degree in flute performance from Lewis and Clark College (1982) and a Master of Music degree from the University of Texas at Austin (1986). In 1992 she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from UT Austin. An avid birder and environmentalist, she resides in Lago Vista, Texas, freelances, and teaches flute at Southwestern University and plays principal flute of the Central Texas Philharmonic. She performs, records, and tours with flutes/harp ensemble, Chaski. She recorded on the SpyKids 2, Kill Bill: Vol. 2, and The Children's War, and Ride Around the World film soundtracks playing as many as twelve different flutes. She is a founding composer and singer with Inversion Ensemble. Frequently drawing on her family history and ethnicities, Inglis composes mainly chamber and choral music. See her composer page at Adrienne Inglis, Composer.

Shana Norton

Shana Norton graduated with highest honors earning a Bachelor of Music Education from Abilene Christian University and attended the Eastman School of Music, studying with Julia Hermann Edwards and Eileen Malone. In 1995 she graduated from The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs with a Master of Public Affairs degree. She plays principal harp with the Mid-Texas Symphony and the Symphony of the Hills. Ms. Norton has performed with the San Antonio Symphony, the Hot Springs Music Festival Orchestra, the Victoria Bach Festival Orchestra and the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra. She is a member of the bluegrass/western swing group, Diminished 7. Follow Shana on Twitter.

Chaski's Collaborators

Señor Dan Dickey has been performing a wide variety of Latin American music for the last 35 years. He sings boleros, rancheras and huapangos from México, cumbias from Colombia, guajiras from Cuba, vals peruano and huaynos from Perú, joropos from Venezuela and much, much more! Señor Dickey accompanies himself on Spanish guitar, tiple, charango and other Latin American instruments. Over the years, Don Daniel has performed in México, South America, Europe and around the United States. His many recordings also feature his musical groups Chaski, Los Romanceros and Takiy Orqo—all originally based in Austin, Texas. Daniel has performed both public and educational concerts with his groups in many different states and countries; he has also performed at countless private parties, weddings and events; however, a favorite musical venue was performing with his trio, Los Romanceros, most Friday nights for 29 years (from February of 1983 until July of 2012) at Las Palomas Restaurant in Austin. Currently Señor Dickey is performing solo but can add extra instrumentation for particular events. Besides his musical performances, Señor Dickey taught Latin American music ensembles at the University of Texas at Austin for many years and taught Spanish for 31 years at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Austin. He lives in Honolulu, Hawaii, visiting Texas on a regular basis.

"The Panoramic Voices (PV) has been delighting Austin audiences with high-quality performances for the past 16 years. Formerly known as Texas Choral Consort, the ensemble is unique among choruses in the U.S. in that it offers non-auditioned singers of all ages and backgrounds an intensive and rewarding performance experience. Recently nominated for Best Choral Performance by the Austin Critics Table Awards, PV brings a wide variety of musical programming to Central Texas. Founded in 1997 by Dr. Barry Scott Williamson, PV has maintained an active presence in Austin’s rich choral scene. The ensemble produces several large-scale works per year, has undertaken four international tours and collaborates regularly with other artistic groups, including treasured artistic institutions such as the Austin Chamber Music Center, Austin New Music Co-op, Line Upon Line, Convergence, Golden Hornet Project, Austin Symphony, and many more. Under the artistic directorship of Brent Baldwin, PV has expanded its programming beyond the traditional choral canon. In addition to its productions of works such as Bach’s Magnificat and Haydn’s Creation, and a recent critically-acclaimed production of the Brahms German Requiem, PV performs works by living composers such as Eric Whitacre, John Corigliano, and Morten Lauridsen. PV also regularly presents world premiere works, including new compositions by Russell Reed, Donald Grantham, Graham Reynolds, Peter Stopschinski and Pulitzer Prize-winner Caroline Shaw. In 2011, PV collaborated with Austin New Music Co-op in the North American premiere of Cornelius Cardew’s seven-hour epic, The Great Learning. This year, PV was recognized by the Austin Critics Table Awards for its role in “Mozart’s Requiem Undead," as well as its presentation of Brahms: A German Requiem.

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Flutes, harps & the whole world to play in!

Chaski is what you get when you take a virtuosic flute/harp duo, add a colorful collection of flutes and harps from around the world, and explore music to include them all. For over 30 years Chaski has toured with repertoire ranging from the Mozart Flute/Harp Concerto, to Bolivian huayños, Scottish strathspeys, tunes from Playford's "The English Dancing Master" (published 1651), and world premieres of new works. Chaski frequently works in collaboration with solo artists, choirs, and, most recently, with a modern dance company, accompanying the dancers and performing alongside them..

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