"If you want to know what the wind sounds like... listen to Inca Son."
Brian Wheeler, Director of Marblehead Festival of the Arts
Inca Son is a Peruvian ensemble that presents the music and dance of the Andes and all of Latin America. Founded more than twenty-five years ago in Boston by multifaceted musician, dancer, and composer Clemente César Villalobos Leiva, Inca Son’s distinguished international career includes tours in such countries as Russia, Italy, Switzerland, Canada and its native Peru. The group has performed on some of the United States’ most important stages, from Carnegie Hall to the Atlanta, Georgia Summer Olympic Games, and from the White House to the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC. Some of Inca Son’s most outstanding awards include: The Boston Music Award; 2007 Independent Music Award for “Best World Song;” 2007 Los Angeles Music Award, “Best World Artist;” and the 2011 “Hispanic Pride Award” presented to Villalobos in Boston for his distinguished artistic and humanitarian contributions. In 2012 Villalobos was nominated for the “Peruvian Pride” award, given annually in Lima for high achievement in all professions by Peruvians living outside the country. With a discography that includes fourteen CD recordings and one live concert DVD, Inca Son, in the words of Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart, remains “the most important bearer of an indispensable South American folkloric tradition… with music of the very highest level.”