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(Pipes and drums from the Land of the Inkas)

InkaSikuri is a choreographed Peruvian percussion ensemble, steeped in their craft, performing traditional and original musical compositions, specially written and arranged for pipes, drums, and other percussion from the rain forest. A special feature of this ensemble is an original composition, which features various percussion instruments and bird-calls, written to represent a symphony of nature, a tribute to The Amazon.

Their presentation is very strong visually, portraying a positive image of the Incan culture through entertainment. Costumes are vivid in color and are true replicas of the Andean Sikuri tradition. Members of InkaSikuri play culturally authentic instrument and dance culturally authentic dances from Peru.

The InkaSikuri Show consists of a collection of different styles of the Andean music presented as a collage of rhythms with festive, ritual, warlike, telluric and ceremonial accents. The instruments used are indigenous to the Peruvian Andes and the Amazon Rainforest. The InkaSikuri ensemble plays more than 10 types of flutes, such as the Kena, (the most popular Andean flute), Antaras from Cajamarca, Falavitos and Choquelas from Cusco and Puno, Kenillas and Whistles from the Amazon region, Kenachos and Tarkas from the highlands of Bolivia and Peru; Sikus or Sampoñas (Andean panpipes) of all sizes, from the gigantic Toyos to the tiny Chilis.

The goal of members of InkaSikuri is to preserve the traditional musical styles through continuous research and fieldwork by the director and its members. The InkaSikuri group features a pre-Columbian flutes and pipes repertoire (without stringed instruments) and, when accompanied by a variety of drums of different sizes and origin, rain sticks, rattles and other artifacts, brings the sounds of nature to this symphony. The InkaSikuri Show is a unique cultural experience that entertains while preserving the style, sound and traditions of the Inkas. All of our musicians and dancers have been coached in theater and dance. The outfits are recreations of the party dress of the men from the Altiplano (Highlands) around Lake Titicaca and the choreography that accompanies the songs are taken from traditional dances adapted to the small show format of this unique group.

Members of this ensemble are a mix of artists with years of experience on stage and recording studios in Peru and abroad with graduates from the National School of Folklore of the City of Lima (university level) selected after a rigorous casting and training in preparation for the intense dance and precision playing required. Our task is to educate, entertain and accurately represent the inhabitants of the Andes region and of the Amazon Rainforest specifically, their culture and traditions. The InkaSikuri group is produced by Island Breeze Affiliates, Inc. and directed by Ricardo Silva, a well-known Peruvian folklorist and musician. For three years, 2001 to 2004, InkaSikuri was a featured atmosphere attraction at Tokyo Disney ea in Tokyo, Japan.

Peru Music

Thanks to the recent archaeological discoveries of musical instruments, experts now know that in Peru, music has been played at least as far back as 10,000 years ago. This ancient tradition created quenas, zampoñas, pututos (trumpets made from sea shells) and a wide variety of other wind instruments crafted from a range of materials such as cane, mud, bone, horns and precious metals, as well as various percussion instruments.

Contact with Occident has brought over a large number of instruments, which have been creatively adapted to the rhythmic and tonal needs of each region of the country. The clearest evidence is the many transformations that the harp, violin and guitar have undergone in the Peruvian highlands.

The encounter between the Andes and the Western World has given rise in Peru to 1,300 musical genres. But two of them have crossed the country’s borders and have become symbols of Peru’s identity: the huayno and marinera.

Today, Peru continues to assimilate new instruments such as synthesizers, electric guitars, drums and harmonicas. Local musicians are also creating new genres like chicha or Peruvian cumbia, which is enabling Peru’s music to open up to new influences to expand both at home and abroad, beyond native folk music.

This capacity for musical fusion and innovation is a lively expression of the integrating force and dynamic character of Peru’s culture.

Peru Dances

The martial rhythm of the dance of the Sikuris originated in the southern highland plain known as the Altiplano. It is danced in large groups, forming troupes who join together in large circles around musicians playing zampoñas panpipes of varying sizes.

The choreography of the dance is symbolic of the complementary nature and harmonious relationship that human integration should involve, as one group of flautists can only play half the notes, which means the other