Andes Manta Brings Native Music from South American Andes to Ashland

Andes Manta Brings Native Music from South American Andes to Ashland

9/18/14 ASHLAND, Ohio – The 35th annual Ashland University Spectrum Series begins Wednesday, Oct. 1, with a live concert by Andes Manta performing ancient and native sounds of the South American Andes. The 7:30 p.m. concert held at the University's Jack and Deb Miller Chapel is free and open to the public as part of the Ohio Arts Council's 16th annual statewide International Music and Performing Arts in Communities Tour (IMPACT).

Playing over 35 traditional instruments, Andes Manta's Lopez brothers perform the traditional music of the Andean mountains of South America rooted in the cultural heritage of the Incas and their ancestors. Much of their music recreates the vitality of nature, the sound of wind, rain and birds.

The group has toured across North America in distinguished locations such as Carnegie Hall, the National Cathedral and Lincoln Center; as well as written and performed part of the score for the Discovery Channel special “Rediscovering America.” “Our music is the music of the people,” says Wilson Lopez. “With it we celebrate harvest, carnival, solstice, village life and religion.”

Since 1998, IMPACT has brought international artists to Ohio for a statewide tour in underrepresented areas and in non-traditional venues. The purpose of these free concerts is to introduce art forms from around the world to new audiences. In addition to the performances, IMPACT features educational outreach programs in each community. This fall, the vibrant, celebratory sound of Andes Manta will be brought to communities across Ohio including Ashland, Wilmington, Marietta, Pemberville, Cridersville and Lorain.

IMPACT is presented in partnership with Ohio Arts Presenters Network and is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest, which is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council.

For more information about the concert, visit the web site at or contact Tricia Applegate, coordinator of performing arts publicity and events, at 419-289-5950 or

Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###