mission is to transcend national, cultural and political barriers through
playing indigenous and contemporary instruments, our
compositions strive to blend our traditions and dreams, styles and innovation
as faithfully and respectfully
as we can. Our inspiration comes from our personal experiences in our homelands,
traveling, and while living, studying and working in the USA. Our message
is to express musically the wonders and magic of the timeless cultures of
the Americas, all of them..
on the ideals of the Latin American New Song (nueva cancion or trova) movement
of the 1970's, our style is mainly an instrumental fusion of Andean, Afro-Peruvian,
jazz, rock and classical influences.
name (why-you-call-tia) is derived from the Nahuatl word huayolcayotl
which literally means kinship; we interpret it to suggests unity and brotherhood.
group got together in 1985 in Los Angeles, California, where we acquired
a loyal audience. We have toured throughout the West Coast, Southeast and
Midwest of the United States, and Perú.
is made up of four immigrants from four South American countries and a
from Palo Alto, California, Julio
Ledezma from Misiones, Argentina, Hernan
Pinilla from Bogota, Colombia, Antonio
Ezkauriatza from Mexico City via Monterrey, and Peruvian Ciro
Hurtado, from Moyobamba via Lima.
LA Weekly's Best of Los Angeles Music Awards nominated Huayucaltia as 2001
and 2002 best World Music/Recombinant band and was a favorite among readers
in the MVP (Most Valuable Performer) category.
spring, 2002 the band received a Proclamation from the Los Angeles County
Board of Supervisors for their participation in the Summer Nights at the
Ford series to sold-out audiences and their contributions to the community
over the years.
11th, 2003, Huayucaltia, along The Opus 7 Singers directed by Ariel
Quintanilla, performed "Misa Criolla" by Argentine composer
Ariel Ramirez at the Hollywood Bowl to critical acclaim. This was the opening
act for the L.A. Philarmonic's performance of Beethoven's 9th Symphony.
the band performed at San Juan Capistrano Regional Library Music Series'
15th Anniversary Celebration where Huayucaltia was the very first organization
to be presented.
end of 2009, in collaboration with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Ariel
Quintanilla, Assistant Conductor, we perfromed, Ramirez' "Navidad Nuestra"
(Our Christmas') on December 13th at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
currently celebrating our 25th Anniversaryl featuring or album "El
Tiempo: The Best of Huayucaltia".