Chilean band Los Jaivas to transcribe their music into scores

Thanks to Fondart, iconic Chilean band Los Jaivas, currently celebrating their 50th anniversary, will be endowed with funds to turn their songs into sheet music.

Los Jaivas, a staple of Rock Chileno and fondly called the “Chilean Rolling Stones” by Chile’s Culture Minister Luciano Cruz Coke, celebrate their 50th anniversary this year. As part of that celebration, the band has been endowed with a grant from the Chilean government foundation Fondart to have their music transcribed into sheet music.

Up against dozens of other proposals, Los Jaivas received third place and an ample cash prize to create the scores. According to the demands of Fondart, the project must be completed by October of this year.

Pianist for Los Jaivas Claudio Parra explained how the funds arrived just in time.

“We have met lots of young people who are interested in playing our music exactly as it sounds on the albums. They’ve called us and asked for the scores,” Parra told El Mercurio. “A little ashamed, we have had to respond that they don’t exist. We don’t have them because we never wrote them.”

José Riveros, a musician and the official sheet music transcriber for the Jaivas, will work alongside Parra in order to digitalize each track and transcribe the original recordings.

“We were pretty confident that we would win the Fondart grant because it’s a project that contributes to the culture of Chilean music,” Riveros told Bio Bio Chile. “These are very important repertories that are critical in the history of our country… It’s a contribution to musical education, for professors, musicians, and fans.”

He added the critical point that this material will have been “revised and supervised by Los Jaivas” themselves.

Pioneers of a unique blend of rock, folk, funk, and indigenous music, Los Jaivas are one of Chile’s most prolific and iconic musical influences. With a miraculous longevity, they still tour and play shows across Chile and internationally.

“[The songs] are part of our culture, our idiosyncrasy,” Riveros described. “The group has become a milestone in the history of Chile.”