Latin Grammy: Eva Ayllón remembers how she recorded “Stay at home”, the album that earned her a nomination

Eva Ayllón was nominated for a Latin Grammy for ‘Stay at Home’.

Next November 17, Eva Ayllon will compete for a gold gramophone from the Latin Recording Academy in the category of Best Folk Music Album for his album ‘Stay at home’a production that he recorded in 2020, by the hand of his son Francisco Ayllón.

The Peruvian music teacher recalled under what conditions she recorded this production. Furthermore, she was surprised to receive her twelfth nomination throughout her career.

“This is my twelfth nomination, so imagine I already have enough”, Ayllón affirms by way of celebration. The interpreter is pleased that this ‘unplugged’ production, made with the few resources that allowed the confinement of the pandemic, is among the albums selected to compete in the 23rd edition of this important international award.

The album ‘Stay at home’, published on digital platforms in 2021 (, contains eight songs: ‘Bello durmiente’, ‘Arroz con concolón’, ‘Remembranzas’, ‘Callao’, ‘Last wish’, ‘In love with being here’, ‘Bridge of sighs’ and ‘Courage and breath’.

“The title refers to what we had to live through. Due to the fact of having been locked up for so long, with a terrible emotional claustrophobia, with a terrible depression, with always a tear in the eyes, with the hand on the chest and the anguish of not knowing if we were going to be fine or if we were going to contagious”, affirmed Eva.

I was very depressed and one day, while playing, my son Francisco called me at the studio (which they have in their own house) and told me: let’s see, mom, you who play the cajon, sit down and come with me. Then he told me why don’t you play and sing something and that’s when I started singing a cappella. That’s where the idea of ​​making this album was born. Later, we were adding other songs until suddenly we made this wonderful repertoire, with very heartfelt songs, in which the voice, the guitar and a cajon could shine, ”she recounted.

Eva Ayllón grateful with nomination for the Latin Grammy 2022.
Eva Ayllón grateful with nomination for the Latin Grammy 2022.

Eva remembers that the first song they recorded for this album was ‘Arroz con concolón’. “Each of the musicians from his house, with the tools we had at hand because we couldn’t meet. Then came ‘Último wish’, a song in which I play the cajon, which excited me a lot. Everyone has to know that I am a frustrated percussionist, Gigio Parodi keeps helping me with some things. I have stopped playing it a bit because my hands hurt, but my intention is to continue doing it, ”she said.

Eva Ayllón, who in 2019 was distinguished with a Grammy for Musical Excellence for her prolific career, shares the shortlist for this new nomination with Paulina Aguirre, Pedro Aznar, Natalia Lafourcade, Sandra Mihanovich, X Alfonso and Eme Alfonso and Susana Baca.

“It is the first time that I share a nomination with Susana. The important thing is that we are compatriots, so the merits of both are credit to Peru. I consider that this single nomination is already a triumph. I must say that I am very happy and proud of the incredible work that she has been doing for Peruvian music,” said the interpreter.

At the same time, Eva greets Nicole Zignago, daughter of Gian Marco, who competes in the category of Best New Artist. “I can definitely say from Nicole that what is inherited is not stolen. There, in her, is the proof”, affirms the teacher, while also congratulating the work of Aracely Poma, nominated through her group Afro-Andean Funk for Best Alternative Music Album. “We are bringing the strength of Peruvian women to the Latin Grammys, that is what is important,” concluded Ayllón.


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Latin Grammy: Eva Ayllón remembers how she recorded “Stay at home”, the album that earned her a nomination