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.