Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
New Inca Son

The richness of Andean folklore comes alive with New Inca Son, "proud bearer of an indispensable cultural legacy." (Keith Lockhart, Boston Pops Conductor). Acclaimed in the U.S. and abroad for over 20 years, the group has performed its ancient melodies and dances on world class stages such as the 1994 FIFA World Cup, 1996 and 2002 Olympic Games, and the White House. In 2019, New Inca Son had the honor of headlining at both of our country's Smithsonian National Museums of the American Indian, NYC and Washington DC locations. In 2015, the band performed at the Kennedy Center for the Arts and the Smithsonian FolkLife Festival, as part of a special tribute to Peru; and at Philadelphia's Mann Center's for an audience of over 4000 enthusiastic kids from inner city schools.

New Inca Son is a band with a mission: to preserve its indigenous heritage and to instill, particularly in children and young people, an understanding and appreciation of it. As such, our artists both perform and educate, offering hands-on workshops, interactive concerts, and residencies for students in schools, colleges, libraries, and performing arts centers nationwide. As recognition for its educational work, the band has earned the 2007 "Distinguished Arts Educator in Music" award from the Massachusetts Alliance for Arts Education (MAAE) and 2009 "Gold Star Award," Mass Cultural Council. Manager Marianne Ruggiero is available to help educators write grant proposals to NEFA toward bringing the group to their schools for activities which connect meaningfully to Music, Dance, Social Studies, World History, and Spanish.

In terms of programming, New Inca Son is often engaged for activities which link to multicultural celebrations, such as International Week or Hispanic Heritage Month; however, we are pleased to work with educators and/or presenters to plan special programs which make connections to your organization's interests and/or area of study. Any configuration of the band can be engaged, from a Soloist or Duo to the Trio or Full Band. In addition, for large concerts or well-funded programs or residencies, we can arrange for the musicians to perform with our National Folk Dance Champions, including our Folk and Scissors Dancers.

Pricing varies, and the Manager is always interested in having a personal conversation with presenters. The Manger is also amenable to working with presenters from non-profit organizations to put together grant proposals. Special prices can be arranged if the presenter contracts New Inca Son for a combination of activities, for example a concert combined with one or several workshops. Three different workshops are available: 1) Music Workshop (12 years and older): Participants learn the basics of playing the pan flute, one of the world's most ancient instruments. For groups of no more than 25 participants. 1 hour 2) Dance Workshop (All ages): Participants learn centuries-old Andean folk dances from accomplished Master Dancers. For groups of no more than 40 students. 1 hour For a residency, dance and/or music students often take part in a final Inca Son performance for the presenting organization and/or community. 3) Inca Workshop (Middle School and older): A multimedia presentation, involving Powerpoint and live performance by our musicians. This workshop explores aspects of Inca culture and their connection to modern-day Andean life. 1 hour.

Additional Links: 
Coverage of January, 2013 students concerts presented by New Inca Son at New Port Richey, Florida's Center for the Arts
Coverage of February, 2011 New Inca Son concert at Phillips Academy, Andover, MA
Full Band and Scissors Dancers, October 2014
Inca Son Brings Sound of the Andes
Throughout the show, the enchanted audience clapped along, laughing and cheering for the charismatic dancers.
An amazing concert ends on a celebratory note. The song is an ancient Andean tune, "Sariri Paya."
September 14, 2019, filmed and webcast from the NMAI's Potomac Atrium
New Inca Son gave a memorable panflute workshop and concert at this beautiful NH school in November, 2019.

I Have Worked With

  • June 2015

    Full Band participated in the HopStop Family Series.

  • December 2014

    Full Band presented Holiday Concert.

  • September 2014

    Trio performed in Inca costume atop a specially decorated float along this historic parade's route.


  • NEFA Grantee
  • Artist

Contact Information

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202 Ontario Street, #3
Apt. 3
Providence, RI 02907
Physical Address: 
60 Bickford Street Apt. 718
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
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Primary Discipline: 
Music - Ethnic / World
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - Ethnic
Dance - Folk
Dance - Traditional
Humanities - General
Humanities - Anthropology
Humanities - Archeology
Humanities - Cultural Heritage
Humanities - History
Humanities - Literature
Music - General
Music - Children's
Music - Ethnic / World
Music - Folk
Music - Native American Drum
Music - Traditional
Theater - Storytelling
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General Public
Immigrant Populations
Native American Tribes
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Veteran/Active Duty Military Personnel
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Native American / Indigenous
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Performing Groups
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Arts Instruction / Lessons
Performance / Concert / Reading
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Residency - In School
Wedding / Parties / Private Gatherings
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
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Multi-County Region
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

1999: Boston Music Award, "Best World Music Artist"
2007: Massachusetts Alliance for Arts Education, "Champions of Art Education"
2007: Independent Music Award, "Best World Traditional Song" (Trip Through the Andes Mountains)
2008: Los Angeles Music Award, "Best World Traditional Artist"
2009: Massachusetts Cultural Council, "Gold Star Award," Best Public School Residency
2011: Hispanic Pride Award, Arts Category, Reading High School, MA
2012, Peruvian Pride Award, "Best Folk Artist Outside Peru," presented in Lima, Peru
2015, "Outstanding Artist," Smithsonian FolkLife Festival, Washington, DC
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

Accessibility of Services

Although we don't provide specific services, we have, for many years, provided concerts for organizations that serve people of all ages, with physical and developmental disabilities. We welcome the opportunity to perform and teach these diverse audiences, as we believe that our music is an inspirational and a healing art. A testimonial from a Methuen High School student who attended a concert we presented there in March, 2013: "Due to being in a wheelchair, I hardly go out to any theatre show or presentation. This was the first time I attended an event like this, I loved New Inca Son. Their music was so powerful, beautiful and peaceful at the same time. Thank you for inviting them... and please continue to have more events like this. This was the best experience of my life."

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
We ask that your technician confer with our own about this. If you do not have the right combination of monitors, direct lines, and microphones, we can bring and install a complete, professional sound system at no extra fee for non-profit organizations.
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I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Corporate Business
Healthcare Facility
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - Foreign Languages
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
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