Andes Manta performs the traditional music of the Andean mountains of South America, rooted in the cultural heritage of the Incas and their ancestors. The dynamic and mystical songs that they play are filled with the exquisite sounds of an ancient, yet still vital, civilization. This music continues to be widely performed in the modern Andean nations of Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Venezuela and Argentina. The four musicians who comprise Andes Manta began playing at an early age using their distinct musical form to express the richness of their culture and traditions.
ANDES MANTA, the four Lopez brothers from Quito, Ecuador: Fernando, Luis, Bolivar, and Jorge began playing at an early age the traditional folk music using their distinct musical form to express the richness of their culture and traditions as it has been learned for thousands of years, passed from father to son, and brother to brother.
- “…A performance of incredible power and energy – the crowd would not let them stop – these guys are magic.” Stephanie Korobov, State University of New York at New Paltz, NY
- “…Sunday afternoon at the Ossining Public Library was one that will not soon be forgotten. In my twenty years of presenting concerts at the library, not many performers have received the overwhelming applause you so richly deserved, but to have a standing ovation tops it all.” Jane Clark, Public Relations/Program Coordinator, Ossining Public Library, Ossining, NY
- “…THANK YOU for sending Andes Manta to Bard…the standing ovations, the number of students who lingered afterwards, and the number of complements I received for bringing them to Bard all attest to the great success of their show. And this in spite of the fact that Bard students tend to be a difficult crowd.” Jefferson Huang, Associate Dean of Students, Bard College, Annadale-on-Hudson, NY
- “…THANK YOU …people said ‘This is the best music you have ever had at your festival’.” National Audubon Society, Sharon, CT
- “…I can’t begin to say enough wonderful things about our engagement with Andes Manta. From beginning to end, it was a presenter’s dream.” Teri Guerrisi, Director, Performing Artist Series, Rose Lehrman Arts Center
- “…I can hardly put into words my sincere appreciation and thanks for the music and culture that you shared with the children of Tuscaloosa over the past two weeks. Watching their faces as they listened to your music was wonderful.” Sandra Wolfe, Director of Education Programs, Arts Council of Tuscaloosa, AL
- “…Their (Andes Manta) skill, their charm, their professionalism made for a very wonderful week. The kids, the teachers and I loved them! These people were the best, and I deal with a lot of artists!” Martha Wheeler, Coordinator, Aesthetic Arts Institute, PA
- “…One of the finest world music events we have ever presented for our education program…Teacher reaction was the most positive of the season so far. Highly recommended.” Mark P. Alexander, Director of Education and Community Affairs, PACT, Inc., FLA
- “…Audience loved this program and the warm presentation by very talented musicians; very authentic in every way…A huge success! Outstanding!” Sheila Boone, Events Manager, Austin Peay State University Community Concert Artist Series, TN
ANDES MANTA has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Smithsonian Institution, the Metropolitan Museum of the Art, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Yale University, Vasar College and hundreds of other schools and universities. Andes Manta has written and performed part of the score for the Discovery Channel Special ”Rediscovering America” as well as performing Latin American music for the Silver Burdett-Ginn series on music of the world. Andes Manta has recorded with Koch International, Narada Records and Living Music.