When most people think of Peruvian music, South American salsa, cumbia, and even rock may come to mind. But just underneath the surface is a vibrant Afro-Peruvian music scene, which dates back centuries. 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 Northern Virginia that performs Afro-Peruvian music (Landó and Festejo), Vals, Marinera Norteña, Marinera Limeña, and Tondero, incorporating a dance show into every presentation, making it more interesting and diverse. Nazca performs music by Chabuca Granda, Pepe Vásquez, César Miró, Mario Cavagnaro, Carlos Rincón Ruíz, Victoria & Nicomedes Santacruz, and Augusto Polo Campos among other known Peruvian composers.
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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. Shortly thereafter, he met guitarist Tito Dorante and began a musical project with local musicians naming the group LunAzul, and performing non-traditional arrangements for Peruvian music, incorporating jazz fusion and Afro-Peruvian rhythms (Landó and Festejo) in their sound.
In August of 2016, the group changed its name to Nazca, and has added a couple of popular top-40 songs to their repertoire, but incorporating Peruvian-style music and rhythms into them.