Alturas (formally known as RAMA NUEVE) was born in La Paz, Bolivia in 1975.
During the first year the group produced the number one hit song in Bolivia. They also entered and won several folk music festivals and traveled throughout South America performing.
Responding to requests from Salt Lake City’s Mayor and the Utah-Bolivia Partners, Inc., the Bolivian government designated Alturas as ambassadors of good will and sent them to tour to Utah.
During 1976 the group performed for over 100,000 students throughout Utah, sharing their culture while raising funds for a school building project in their native Bolivia.
Remaining in Utah to continue their education.
Alturas took the opportunity to travel with the "Lamanite Generation", a Brigham Young University’s ethnic variety show, throughout most of western U.S.A., Eastern Europe (Poland, Hungary, Romania), Asia (Taiwan, The Philippines, Hong Kong, The People’s Republic of China) and Latin America (Mexico, Ecuador, Brazil, Peru and Bolivia), thrilling audiences around the globe.
In the State of Utah, Alturas was featured time and time again in the Utah Arts Festival, the Utah State Fair, the Park City Arts Festival, "La Fiesta" Hispanic festival and many other ethnic and cultural events in the State as well as radio and television appearances.
During this time the group also produced two of their own albums, and recorded soundtracks for several films and commercials.
Despite outcries from their followers in Utah, in early 1988 Alturas made their big move to Southern California. Since their first summer at their new home, they amazed crowds at the Laguna Beach’s "Festival of the Arts" and the "Sawdust Festival", "La Quinta Arts Festival", "Los Angeles Pomona Fair".
In 1993 Alturas was invited to performed at Los Angeles’ Mayor Richard Riordian Inaugural Celebration. They performed for the First Lady of Bolivia Jimena Sanchez de Lozada, in the Miss Bolivia-USA event held in Los Angeles.
In 1994 they performed in the WORLD CUP U.S.A. Alturas has also been part of the historic 40th Anniversary Celebration of Disneyland and since then has been performing in its resorts.
Alturas has made his presence known in Sound Tracks, Television Appearances, and is heard in hundreds of Radio Stations around the United States of America, Latin America, and Europe.
Their continuous appearances in Universities, Colleges and Festivals have brought audiences to their feet amazed at the skills and professional performance of Alturas.
In march of 2002, Alturas was nominated as Best Group in The Orange County Music Awards (OCMA) in "World Music" Category.
Whenever, and wherever they perform, their professionalism and musicianship is always admired.
As Alturas begins to play, audiences cannot resist participation, clapping their hands and singing along, they are soon captivated as the music takes them up to the heights of "The Flight of the Condor" for an experience they will never forget.
From the heart of South America, Alturas brings to life the rich heritage of the Inca and Aymara cultures.
Colorful native costumes and unique Andean instruments which are handmade from armadillo shells, llama skins and various hollow reeds, which makes their presentation both authentic and entertaining.
Alturas keeps delighting audiences time and time again. The mini guitars made of armadillo shells, musically-tuned reed pipes and hand carved bamboo flutes are among the instruments that recreate the Pre-Columbian and South American sounds presented by Alturas.
Alturas has enchanted audiences throughout Western United States, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and Asia, with their authentic costumes, instruments, and vocals bringing the sounds of South America to life in the schools, colleges and concert halls.
Ayllon has mastered more than 40 musical instruments. Those who watch him get amazed at his ability to play native wind instruments (Quena - bamboo flute, Zampoña - South American pan pipes) and the skill he plays the “Charango” (small 10-string guitar like instrument with the shell of an armadillo as the body).
Raul has a unique style when he plays the spanish guitars.
Alturas continually adds to its repertoire of international music and is joyous in sharing their heritage. Truly this is a performance that will open your eyes, ears and hearts to the richness and vitality of South American folk music like Bolivian and Peruvian folk music, performed with all native instruments (i.e.. Quena, Zampoña, Charango, etc.).
These songs typify the mystical sound of the Andean region, like in the well known song "El Condor Pasa" some songs are sung in spanish, quechua and aymara, which are the languages of the region.
Album La conquista
Time 55 minutes
Label Alturas Records
09.El cóndor pasa
16.Colors of the Wind