EUGENIO HUANCA

Eugenio Huanca, a native of Chile, has devoted his life to playing music from Latin America and the Andes. He is a certified member of the Aymara indigenous group according to The National Corporation for Indigenous Development (CONADI) founded by the Indigenous Law, which recognized all indigenous peoples of Chile.

Eugenio is a very accomplished musician who not only performs, but also builds his own musical instruments. He has traveled all over South, Central and North America performing on national television in each country he visited.

Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Smithsonian Institute are among the most prestigious venues where he has performed. At Boston Symphony Hall, he performed with the Boston Pops. At the National Cathedral, he performed with world-renowned soprano Denise Graves. Eugenio's former group, Guamary, participated in the soundtrack for the PBS documentary: "Flight of the Condor". He is a former band member of several Latin groups, such as Altiplano, Flor de Caña, Sol y Canto, Andes Manta, and Viva Quetzal. He has recorded over a dozen albums with the aforementioned bands and other recording artists.

Mr. Huanca is widely regarded for his musicality and versatility. He is a gifted vocalist and multi-instrumentalist who performs on over twenty wind, string, and percussion instruments. He plays a wide array of bamboo flutes and ocarinas as well as different types of panpipes from the Andes. He also plays guitar, charango, macho charango, Venezuelan cuatro, Colombian tiple, cajón, caja vallenata, bombo legüero, and many more.

Eugenio is a longtime member of Surcari, a performance group originally from Chile and Puerto Rico under the musical direction of guitarist Lorena Garay. Surcari‚Äôs self-titled album, Surcari, won third place for Best South and Central American Album at the 2009 Just Plain Folks Independent Music Awards. Mr. Huanca, as a band member of Surcari, is a Young Audiences Arts for Learning Artist who gives multicultural performances throughout the region.