From Carnegie Hall to the Discovery Channel, from the National Cathedral to Lincoln Center, Andes Manta presents their acclaimed stage performance interweaving the music and folklore of the Andes at Ashland University on Wednesday, October 1, 7:30 p.m. at the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel. The University's Spectrum Series was selected as a host site for Andes Manta through the Ohio Arts Council's annual International Music and Performing Arts in Communities Tour (IMPACT). All programs during the tour are free and open to the public.
Playing more than 35 traditional instruments, Andes Manta embodies the lively and influential sound of traditional Andean folk music. The group of musicians, comprised of Fernando, Luis, Bolivar and Jorge Lopez, are natives of the Ecuadorian Andes. The brothers learned their music as it has been learned for thousands of years passed from father to son, and brother to brother. Andes Manta aspires to promote cultural understanding by bringing the vibrant sound of South American folk music to North American audiences.
In addition to the mainstage performance, the fall IMPACT tour will feature educational outreach programs for youth and adults. IMPACT is a program of the OAC and is presented in partnership with Ohio Arts Presenters Network. It 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. Since 1998, IMPACT has brought international artists to Ohio each fall for a statewide tour of non-traditional venues, including places of worship. The fall IMPACT tour exposes new audiences to art forms from around the world through performances and festivals that unite communities around the state. IMPACT is designed to bring the best international performing arts groups to audiences in Ohio.