The musicians of ANDES
MANTA believe that through their music they bring a rare opportunity
between the people of their homeland, South America,
and the people of modern North America.
Although we know that Andean music has been played in South America
for thousands of years, its beginnings have been lost in the mists
of time. Just as the true origins of the native peoples of the Americas
continue to elude us, the first players of this wonderful musical
tradition remain an enigma.
Despite the mystery, this vibrant and powerful music
continues to be played from Colombia to Tierra del Fuego, and none
play it better than the four Lopez brothers who make up ANDES MANTA.
Fernando, Luis, Bolivar and Jorge bring this unique art form to North
America in its purest and most authentic form. Natives of the Ecuadorian
Andes, the brothers learned their traditional folk music as it has
been learned for thousands of years - passed from father to son, and
brother to brother.
music is one of the few authentic prehistoric culture forms
five hundred years
of European occupation
America. Unlike gold and jewels, it could neither be
melted nor stolen. Many indigenous South Americans believe
it is the music that
preserves the heart and soul of the ancient ones. Far
from being melancholy, the music of ANDES MANTA is a joyous
life. Songs and festivals mark the blessing of a house,
the birth of a child, and the cycles of planting and harvesting.
music and dance animate religious festivals blending
pre-Colombian and Catholic rituals. Playing more than 35
ANDES MANTA brings the Andean universe to North American
audiences. They are well known to presenters all over
America for their virtuosity
and extraordinary performances. From Carnegie Hall
Discovery Channel, from the National Cathedral to Lincoln
Center and in hundreds
of schools and universities their powerful and moving
performance has played to standing ovation after standing
ovation. To quote presenters Stephanie Korobov, SUNY New Paltz; "The
crowd would not let them stop these guys are magic."