Voices of the Xtabay: A Tribute to Yma Sumac

Voices of the Xtabay: A Tribute to Yma Sumac

Michael Ochs Archives / Stringer

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Sat., Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m. 2017
Free

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Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd.
Westwood, CA  90024
310-443-7000

From high in the Andes came a thrilling, trilling wail, and it wasn't a bird or a princess locked in a tower — it was the unearthly, ungodly vocal instrument of a young Peruvian named Zoila Augusta Emperatriz Chavarri del Castillo, who, as the eternally magnificent Yma Sumac, rode that five-octave sound and an exotically regal persona to fame in 1950s Hollywood. Voices of the Xtabay: A Tribute to Yma Sumac tips a wide-brimmed hat to the late singer with Latinx vocalists and musicians, including Alberto López of Jungle Fire, Empress Of, Nite Jewel, Maria Elena Altany, Ceci Bastida, Dorian Wood, Carmina Escobar and Francisca Valenzuela. And be sure to check out the museum's "Radical Women" exhibit while you're there celebrating a woman who was pretty radical herself.

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