Inti-Illimani: Horacio Salinas, Renato Freyggang, Max Berru, Jose Seves, Jorge Coulon, Marcelo Coulon, Horacio Duran.
Additional personnel: John Williams, Paco Pena (guitar).
Personnel: John Williams , John Williams , Paco Pe¤a (guitar).
Unknown Contributor Roles: Jose Seves; Jorge Coulon; Horacio Dur n; Marcelo Coulon; Renato Freyggang; Horacio Salinas; Max Berru.
Fragments of a Dream is a collaboration between the Andean cultural troupe Inti-Illimani, classical guitarist John Williams, and flamenco guitarist Paco Pe¤a, spawned from a number of ad-lib performances between the various musicians in London. Those performances were essentially Inti-Illimani performing as usual, with guest solos by the guitarists. This album, however, was written specifically with the collaboration in mind. As such, there is a distinct weaving of styles. The flutes and small strings of Inti-Illimani are often backed rhythmically by some careful guitar plucking. Conversely, there are passages of classical guitar with punctuation provided by the Andean instruments. It's a decently soft affair either way, not necessarily making heavy use of the Andean motives, but incorporating the Andean style into the larger set of a hybridized music. The horns sometimes act as punctuation to short runs of Andean-based sound, and sometimes play in a largely classical context. The charangos and violins do much the same. The core instruments from both stylistic sides only make the crossing from time to time, usually playing in a normal manner and letting the context affect the manner in which they're heard. As such, it makes a nice twist on the usual classical guitar repertoire, but probably isn't really the right choice for those looking for a piece of world fusion. Interesting, but largely bland. ~ Adam Greenberg