Andes Manta

"A performance of incredible power and energy—the crowd would not let them stop…these guys are magic."   SUNY New Paltz, NY

Although its beginnings have been lost to the mists of time, Andean music has been played in South America for thousands of years. It is one of the few prehistoric art forms to survive five hundred years of European occupation. Unlike gold and jewels, it could neither be melted nor stolen. Many indigenous South Americans believe that it is the music that preserves the heart and soul of the ancient ones. This beautiful and powerful music continues to be played from Colombia to Tierra del Fuego, and none play it better than the four Lopez brothers—Fernando, Luis, Bolivar and Jorge—as Andes Manta.

Natives of the Ecuadorian Andes, the brothers are classically trained musicians who learned their traditional folk music as it has been learned for thousands of years, passed from father to son, and brother to brother. From the lyrical sound of the quena (Andean Flute) to the haunting tones of the six-foot long pan-pipes, Andes Manta performs in the purest and most authentic way using more than 35 traditional instruments. Far from being melancholy, the music of Andes Manta is a joyous celebration of daily life.

Andes Manta is well known to presenters all over America for their virtuosity and extraordinary performances. From Carnegie Hall to the Discovery Channel, from the National Cathedral to Lincoln Center and hundreds of schools, colleges and universities, and performing arts venues across the country, their powerful and moving performances have played to standing ovation after standing ovation.