If you’ve been to my concerts, you probably have a sense of how deeply I admire Chilean songwriter Violeta Parra. Her songs have shaped my ear from the first moment I heard them in 1996 as an exchange student in Chile. Her artistic energy, her unwavering conviction, and her compassion for her fellow human beings continue to inspire me.
NPR recently aired a story about the release of the movie “Violeta Went to Heaven” (dir. Andrés Wood), and called me to comment about her legacy in Latin America. Betto Arcos put a lovely program together that gives a well-rounded sense of her life and music. What a thrill to be part of it. I hope you enjoy listening!!