Fifteen beautiful songs from the Colombian Andes, featuring the warm, dulcet voice of Niyireth Alarcón.
Niyireth [prounced: Nee-yee-ret] paints a picture of life in Colombia’s Andean region, from its crop fields and rolling hills to the indiginous people who inhabit the area. The picturesque surroundings of Colombia’s Huila department are a source of inspiration for many composers and musicians from the area. This is particularly evident in songs such as Mi tierra del Huila: “Land of Huila, your women are as beautiful as the flowers of your fields…”. Love, lost and unrequited, also feature prominently in the lyrics of these songs.
Niyireth is a trained mezzosoprano, and has earned many fans in her native Colombia with her clear, emotive voice and impeccable singing technique. She was born in Garzón, department of Huila, in southern Colombia and studied music at the Conservatorio de Neiva, Conservatorio del Tolima and the Conservatorio Nacional y Escuela Superior de Arte of the University INCCA of Colombia. She has won many awards for her music, and has performed at several of Colombia’s most prestigious venues.
"For an overview of regional Colombian/Andean formats, this album plays well. It eschews the overly clichéd pan pipes and bombas in favor of vocals and strings, and delivers exceptionally well." - Allmusic