Inca Spirit Members:

Inca Spirit was formed in Miami seven years ago. The name carries the ancestral heritage of Native American peoples, not just the Incas. The Inca were chosen for their spiritual values and knowledge of the earth and cosmos. These musicians carry the spirit of ancient peoples. They have previously played for over two decades with other groups in New York City, Colorado, California, Europe, Peru and Miami.

Carlos L. Aguirre, a Quechua native of the Andean city of Arequipa, Peru. Plays and makes drums and wind instruments. He also plays Afro-Peruvian cajon, congas, bombo and effects. He believes that making music is a form of ancient universal mystic/art. This is before European's idea of visual Art or the Greeks idea of music inspiration from muses. Performances for him are beyond entertainment, he believes they are cultural exchanges, educational venues for ancestral instruments, community celebrations and ancient artistic expressions of his people. He a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Miami in Coral Gables. He played in Ecos Andinos and Tawantinsuyus in New York City for over ten years.

Antonio Aguirre, Native American/Peruvian. Born in California, USA, only 17 years old, plays lead guitar/synthesizer. His love for new Flamenco, Latin Jazz, new age and rock makes him a pivotal musician in the group. His rock band, Static, won first place in IndiFest, Fort Lauderdale and Static perform in various places including the Chili Pepper in Coconut Grove.

Carlos Ochoa, Native American born in Huacho, Peru, is a photographer and a professional musician. Carlos graduated from San Marcos University in Lima, Peru with a degree in social communications and Audio Visual. In Peru he belonged to the famous rock band LosVan. Currently he studies flute and music theory in Miami Dade Community College. He plays lead guitar and charango. His passion and knowledge of rock, latin jazz and tropical cumbias makes him a real fun lead guitarist for Inca Spirit. He performed for ten years with Bronce and the rock band, Pepe Alva y Alma Raymi, in Miami.

Augurio Quiroz, Native American Mochica from Paramunka, Peru plays guitar and charango. Founding member of the band Los Heraldos in Lima, they went to perform over ten years throughout Peru. Augurio is also a serious composer of several songs well known in Peru. Fifteen years ago he was a founding member of the group Markahuasi in California and Colorado, which still exists. He later joined the Huayno and Chuwa Yaku (Aguas Claras) in New York City, before moving to Miami.

William Rincon, Native American born in Bogota, Colombia. He plays all percussion, bombos and bongos. Member of the group Raza Brava Internacional for 16 years in Colombia. The band performed throughout Colombia before moving to Miami.

Victor Riquelme, a Native American Pewenche born in Santiago de Chile. Victor plays bombo, charango, effects and sikus. Fluent in French he joined the band Kantuta in Paris, France to perform in all European cities for over fifteen years. He moved to the USA and he played with the group Bronce in Miami before joining Inca Spirit.

Rioji Yamaguchi, is from Japan. Rioji plays guitar and lead guitar. He lived in Israel, Nicaragua, San Salvador and Mexico. He loves classical, flamenco, bossa nova and rock. He truly makes"music fusion." Currently he is studying classical guitar at the Music School of the University of Miami. He is the founder of a local Miami rock band.

Pepe Barria, Porfirio Gonzales, Fidel Gonzales, Winston Gomez, Juan Blanco, Orlando Robles and Freddy Salcedo have contributed extensively with the success of Inca Spirit performances in the last four years. They played electro-acoustic guitars, cajon, flutes, congas, effects and charangos.


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