Linked to the past in spirit, Inti-Illimani nevertheless remains current, creative and vibrant, ever-powerful and willing to cultivate a fresh continuity deeply linked to the present reality of both Chilean and Latin-American experience. The Triple Door asked Marcelo Coulon, original group member of Inti-Illimani, a few questions to pull open the curtain and see behind the music of this 45 -year-old ensemble
The Triple Door: What was the first song you ever played/sang?
Marcelo Coulon: 12 cascabeles, de Joselito en la radio Nuevo Mundo (12 Cascabeles by Joselito in radio Nuevo Mundo).
TD: If you could play with any musician, living or dead, who would it be?
MC: Alfredo Zitarrosa (a composer, singer, poet, author and journalist form Uruguay, who died in 1989).
TD: What was the best concert you ever atteneded?
MC: Inti-Illimani al regreso del exilio en el Parque La Bandera (A concert performed by Inti-Illimani right after coming back at the end of the exile, in Parque La Bandera, Santiago).
TD: If you could perform in any city in the world, where would you?
MC: No puede ser solo una. Si se trata del último concierto, que sea en Chile (I cannot choose just one city. If we are talking about the last concert of my life.. in Chile).
TD: What's your most embarrassing on stage experience?
MC: Una grosera pifia en la quena, tocando "Run-Run se fue pa'l norte" (An awful mistake while playing the quena in "Run-Run se fue pa'l norte").
TD: What inspires you to play music?
MC: La comunicación con el público y la complicidad con mis compañeros (The communication and connection established with the audience and teh camaraderie and complicity with my fellow musicians on the stage).
See Marcelo Coulon and Inti-Illimani live on April 22 at 7pm the Mainstage.