Nazca Peruvian Music
Francisco Vega, Jr.
Francisco is the director, lead vocalist and bass player of the group. In the mid 80s he played lead guitar for Caoba, a local latin-jazz group that performed at Georgetown’s The Saloun in Washington, DC. In the 90’s after playing blues, rock and latin jazz, he picked up the bass, went back to his roots and played for Estampa Criolla, a Peruvian group where his mother Graciela Vega was the lead singer, and Miguel Chacaltana was the guitarist. In 2008, he formed Encuentros, a Peruvian music group in the Tampa Bay area. After moving back to Virginia, he met guitarist Tito Dorante and began a musical project with local musicians naming it LunAzul, and performing non-traditional arrangements for Peruvian music, incorporating jazz fusion and Afro-Peruvian rhythms (Landó and Festejo) into their sound.
In August of 2016, the group changed its name to Nazca, and has added a more traditional Peruvian repertoire including more Afro-Peruvian rhythms.
José 'Pepe' Sevilla
Pepe is an experienced musician from the city of Rimac located in Lima, Peru, where he played for “Orquesta Espectáculo de la Guardia Republicana del Perú,” shortly after that he became the director of salsa band “La Nueva Dimensión” where he opened for internationally-known Grupo Niche from Colombia, in a concert organized by Backus & Johnston Brewery.
In 1999, he decided to emigrate to the U.S. with a professional musician contract to play for Miguel Chacaltana’s “Amanecer Criollo,” then he went on to play at Havana Village with “Ritmo y Sabor” in Adams Morgan in Washington, DC.
He is a versatile musician who also played Latin Jazz with “Quimbao” at Washington DC’s Latin Festival.
Pepe is a well-traveled musician, he went on tour to Lisboa in Portugal with “Grupo Tentación” then played in Argentina with “Orquesta Cadencia” and in 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2018, he went on tour to Manaus, Brazil to play at La Rua Festival, an event sponsored by Diniz Records.
Currently he’s finishing a CD with Nazca titled “Desde Que Te Vi”
When most people think of Peruvian music, salsa, cumbia, rock and even punk rock may come to mind. But just underneath the surface is a vibrant Afro-Peruvian music scene, which dates back centuries. Afro-Peruvians have contributed to Peruvian culture in highly significant ways, especially in the areas of cuisine, sports, and the arts. Never afraid to innovate, Afro-Peruvian musicians have also collaborated with some of the biggest names in electronic music from around the world.
Nazca is a local group from the Northern Virginia area that performs Afro-Peruvian music (Landó and Festejo), Vals, Marinera Norteña, Marinera Limeña, and Tondero, incorporating a dance show into every single presentation, making it a more interesting and diverse performance..
Lima, Cañete and Chincha are areas where there are many performers of the Afro-Peruvian music, which is played in night clubs, dinner dances and festivals. Notable artists and groups through the years have included Victoria and Nicomedes Santa Cruz, Ronaldo Campos, Caitro Soto, Lucila Campos, Pepe Vásquez, Susana Baca and Eva Ayllón.
Nazca performs music by Chabuca Granda, Pepe Vasquez, Cesar Miró, Mario Cavagnaro, Victoria & Nicomedes Santacruz, José Escajadillo and Augusto Polo Campos among other composers.
2021 NAZCA Tour