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ANDES MANTA and the four Lopez Brothers

In 1960, Teresa and Luis Lopez moved from the village of San Gabriel in the remote Ecuadorian Andes to the capital city of Quito to find a better life.  In the city in the clouds, they had four sons and three daughters all raised in the traditional way, celebrating the cycles of life with the music and dance of their ancestors.  
Like most Ecuadorian children the boys made flutes and panpipes of native bamboo, and learned to play from older musicians.  Then, when he was eight years old, Fernando found an abandoned guitar in a field.  Although it had only three strings, he worked out melodies, played and learned.  A relative had the guitar repaired.  A music teacher noticed an extraordinary talent and sent Fernando to the Quito Conservatory to study classical guitar.  But it was the music of the Pueblo, the folk tradition of the Andes that drew Fernando and his brothers.  At a remarkably early age, the Lopez brothers gained a reputation throughout the music circles of Quito as a formidable talent in the folk music world.  

In 1986 while still in their early 20's, Fernando and his brother Luis were invited to present a series of concerts at Simon's Rock of Bard College in western Massachusetts.  Since that time they have performed on major stages throughout North America, appearing in 48 states in the U.S.  They are now based in the Hudson Valley of New York.  ANDES MANTA tours year round, appearing on major concert stages, in festivals and at countless universities and schools.  They return to South America as often as possible to renew their cultural roots.

 

Fernando Lopez

A founding member of ANDES MANTA, Fernando has  played the entire range of  Andean instruments since childhood. He specializes in strings, and most  often plays the guitar, the  bandolin and the charango.

 

 

Luis Lopez

The second founding member of Andes Manta, Luis is a noted virtuoso on the charango and the quena, the Andean flute.  Luis learned to play in the traditional Andean way, without benefit of written music.  Luis has been performing since the age of 13.

 

Jorge Lopez

The youngest of the Lopez brothers, Jorge specializes in the Andean stringed instruments. Like the rest of the group he also plays all 35 instruments in their repertory.  Jorge joined Andes Manta in 1991 and continues to learn the art from his older brothers, a cultural pattern repeated for thousands of years in the Andes.

 

 

Bolivar Lopez

Like his older brothers, Bolivar learned to play Andean instruments as a child.  He is a noted wind musician, and is the featured performer on the ronadador, an Ecuadorian panpipe that is unique in the world for the "chordal" note that it produces.  It is a difficult instrument to play and requires substantial dedication and talent.  Bolivar began performing with Andes Manta in 1989.