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Posted on: July 1, 2014

14-041 Washington State Parks presents free 'Celebrating Cultures' event, July 13

An evening of South American music and dance at Pearrygin Lake State Park

OLYMPIA – July 1, 2014 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program invites the public to the Celebrating Cultures concert at Pearrygin Lake State Park, near Winthrop.

The free outdoor concert runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, July 13, on the shore of Pearrygin Lake in Pearrygin Lake State Park, 561 Bear Creek Road, Winthrop.

Three different groups celebrate Washington’s diverse cultures with musical traditions from South America. Visitors enter the event through the east campground of Pearrygin Lake State Park. Admission is free to the performance. The Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to the park.

Performances are scheduled as follows:

6 to 6:50 p.m. – Quichua Mashis
The band members are Quichua Indians from the Andean mountains of northern Ecuador. Better known as the Inca Empire, the Quichua region of South America covers Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. Their music has been passed down through the generations and reflects the struggle of the Quichua people, their connection to “Pacha Mama” (mother earth) and their spiritual journeys through history. Many of the instruments are handmade, using bamboo, sheep hooves, goat skins and armadillo shells. The group performs on zampoñas (panpipe flutes), quenas (endblown flutes), the bombo (drum), chakchas (rattle), and charango, which resembles a small guitar with 10 strings. The traditional instruments are accompanied by the guitar, bandolin (a short-necked, 15-string lute) and violin.

7 to 7:50 p.m. – Diego Coy Música Colombiana
Diego Coy began his musical career in 1986 at the Instituto Popular de Cultura de Armenia in Colombia, then furthered his musical studies at the Universidad del Valle in Cali. After that, he began years of journey, traveling to Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru to learn the musical traditions and various wind instruments and South American percussion of native Andean cultures. During that time he mastered the quena (reed flute) and the zampoña (pan pipe flute), traditional instruments from the Andes Mountains, and learned to make his own instruments. He and his band members present four different traditional music traditions from the Andes.

8 to 8:50 p.m. – Show Brazil!
Celebrate the culture of the Brazil with music, martial arts and dancing. The performance will include many different music and dance forms from Brazil such as bossa nova, samba (music and dance associated with Carnival), MPB (Brazilian popular music), ijexa (the music and rhythm from Candomblé,religious rituals, adapted for street parades), baiao (rural music from the state of Pernambuco), dances and elaborate costumes associated with Carnival, maracatú (an ancient Carnival tradition), and capoeira (a Brazilian martial art form performed to music).

The Celebrating Cultures concert is accessible to persons with disabilities. Those needing special accommodations may call (509) 996-2370 or the Washington Telecommunications Relay Service at (800) 833-6388. Requests must be made in advance.

The concert is part of a broader series of events celebrating Washington’s diverse cultures. The program is a partnership between the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and Northwest Heritage Resources, with funding provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Washington State Parks Foundation. For a full schedule of Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program events, visit

About Pearrygin Lake State Park
Pearrygin Lake State Park is a camping park with more than 1,200 acres in the Methow Valley of north central Washington. The park features expansive green lawns leading to 11,000 feet of waterfront on Pearrygin Lake. The lake offers swimming, fishing and boating. Old willows and ash provide shade on hot summer days. Hikers can also walk the Rex Derr Trail, a 3.1-mile loop through the east campground and along the shrub steppe hillside above Pearrygin Lake. For more information and directions, visit:

About Washington State Parks
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages more than 100 state parks and properties totaling approximately 120,000 acres. The Commission provides a variety of recreation opportunities for citizens and provides stewardship protection for a diverse array of natural, cultural and historic resources. State Parks’ statewide programs include long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation.

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Support state parks by purchasing your annual Discover Pass today, and enjoy a whole year of outdoor fun on Washington’s beautiful state-managed recreation lands. For more information, visit

Media contacts:
Debbie Fant: (360) 902-8635
Toni Droscher: (360) 902-8604
Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388


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