Chi-Chi Glass is a pianist and vocalist and a Fulbright Scholar of Afro-Peruvian music. Chi-Chi’s music looks for the shared language between afro-latin, andean-folk, classical music and improvisation.

Chi-Chi spent her young adult years in Paris training as a classical pianist at L’Ecole Normal de Musique, under the great pedagogue Françoise Thinat. Chi-Chi went on to complete her studies as a vocalist and pianist at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA. The daughter of Peruvian parents, Chi-Chi would often travel to Lima as a child. That’s when she first heard Afro-Peruvian sounds, specifically the Afro-Peruvian drum el cajón. Since then, Chi-Chi has been fascinated by the Afro-Peruvian genre: its hypnotic percussion, its vocal styles and even Zapateo (Afro-Peruvian tap dance) – leading her to return to Lima to study with Carlos Hayre - considered one of the great composers and guitarists of la música criolla.

 

Chi-Chi has collaborated with leading exponents of Afro-Peruvian music such as Susana Baca, Juan Medrano Cotito, Teatro Milenio as well as prominent latin-jazz musicians Oscar Stagnaro and Danilo Pérez. A true highlight was working with Andean folk music legends Manuelcha Prado and Carlos Falconí Aramburú.

 

Chi-Chi is also a dedicated teacher – trying to pass on some of the knowledge that she’s been lucky enough to acquire from some of the greatest teachers irrespective of genre. And it is in this spirit that Chi-Chi performs - sharing knowledge, passing on traditions and la búsqueda...