The Parra brothers (Gabriel, drums Claudio, piano, and Eduardo, electric piano) met Mario Mutis (bass) and Eduardo Gato Alquinta (guitars and lead vocals) in their childhood and started to play music for fun. They became prominent in Viña del Mar, playing at many gigs with a bossa-nova/bolero style. The former name of the band was High & Bass. However, most of their fans believed they were called Jaibas (crabs). After a while they decide to correct their name and definitely change it to Los Jaivas.
After a first phase characterized by a of more tropical sound they began to blend styles, experimenting with hippie sound, progressive rock and avant-garde jazz. Their most recognized feature its their blending of styles with the traditional sounds -and instruments- of the region. After the military coup in Chile the band moved to Argentina, where they stayed until 1977 when they moved to France.
The band formation changed in 1988, when Gabriel died in Peru. His daughter Juanita tooked his place at the drums. In January of 2003, Gato (the cat) Alquinta died in Coquimbo (Chile) of a heart attack. Actually, various of the children of the original members take their places and continue with the band until today.
- El Volantin
- Todos Juntos
- Sueños de America
- El Indio
- Palomita Blanca soundtrack
- Mambo de Machaguay
- Alturas de Machu Picchu
- Si tu no estas
- Obras de Violeta Parra
- Hijos de la Tierra
- Trilogia: El Reencuentro
Los Jaivas provides examples of:
- Band of Relatives: The group is mostly consisted on Parra family, first of brothers and cousins and later sons/daughters and grandsons/granddaughters.
- The Band Minus the Face: Mostly because of the Author Existence Failure of various of the original members, included vocalist "Gato" Alquinta.
- Concept Album: Most of the albums of the band are this. A good example is "Alturas de Macchu Picchu", which is Pablo Neruda's famous poem translated into a music album.
- Epic Instrumental Opener
- Folk Music
- Location Song: "Mambo de Machaguay." A special mention is "Alturas de Macchu Picchu", recorded (in audio and video) in Macchu Picchu itself.
- Progressive Rock: One of the most known Latin American representants of the genre.
- Self-Titled Album