GUILLERMO GUERRERO Andean Music Instructor and Instrument Maker


Born in Ayabaca, a small town in the northern Peruvian Andes, Guillermo came to NY in 1969 to follow graduate studies in mechanical engineering and obtained his MSME in 1973. Soon after his arrival in NY, he came across a vendor of Peruvian kenas, this fact combined with his homesickness made him to start playing Andean music and to look for other Andean musicians to form an Andean music group.

In 1973,he formed TAHUANTINSUYO (which in Quechua the Inca language means the four parts of the world, a group dedicted to preserving the traditional music from the land of the Incas (now including Ecuador, Perú, Bolivia, Colombia, Argentina and Chile).

With the group he performed at various concert halls, universities, schools, museums and international folk festivals such as: Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, Constitution Hall, American Museum of Natural History, Museum of the American Indian, Field Museum of Chicago, New York University, Columbia University, Elon College, Sandy Hook Folk Festival, Owen Sound Folk Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival and many others.

With the group they opened two important South American exhibits: "Perú's Golden Treasures" and "El Dorado" at the American Museum of Natural History and Field Museum of Chicago. For these exhibits, they made a recording using ancient Andean instruments.

In 1992 they were invited to the international music festival "Voice of Asia" in Alma Atta, in the former Soviet Union.

In 1996 they were invited to the 150Th Aniverssary celebration of The Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.

In September 20, 2003, they performed for the opening of the new Zankel Hall at Carnegie.

In March 1993, they won a CAPA award by QPTV for a video of music and dance from the Andes they produced with two grants they got from QCA and QPTV and in July 1999, they made another video sponsored by Fran Pellegrino, one of QPTV independent producers. This video won the "Alliance for Community Media's Hometown 2000" award in the "Ethnic/Cultural" category.

As a solo performer, he has given numerous recitals, workshops and lectures of Andean music and musical instruments at the most varied places including: The Coliseum of his home town, TV Channel 4 in Ecuador, the American Museum of Natural History, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Jamaica Arts Center, Queens Council on the Arts, Ramapo College, St. Lawrence University and many others.

In May 1993, he was invited by City Lore of New York to participate in a round-table discussion on "Arts in the Schools", this was sponsored by the National Endowment For The Arts in Washington D.C.

In June 19-20 of 1993, he was invited to the Arts in Education conference "Artists Retreat93" at the Millerville University in Pennsylvania.

In October 12-15, 1993, he was invited to the "Common Ground Conference" on arts in the school. This was sponsored by NYSCA, NYFA and The Alliance for Arts Councils and held in Sratoga Springs, NY.

He was a resident artist for the Queens Council on the Arts for over 20 years. He is resident artist for City Lore, Young Audiences NY and a visiting artist for the Huntington Arts Council. He also works as music consultant for NYCHA and works with Hospital Audiences giving concerts for the elderly and people with emotional and/or addiction problems.

In several occasions he has been in the music panel for the New York Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and Queens Council on the Arts (QCA).


1) LIFE IN THE ANDES: This is an interactive program which consists of a power point presentation on Andean life with live accompaniment played on several traditional Andean instruments. If appropriate it can be bilingual (English/Spanish).

During this program, the artist interacts with the audience giving explanations about the material presented and allowing a period of questions and answers.

Participants are invited to try several traditional instruments to play Andean songs.

This is an educational program that introduces the participants to a new culture in an interactive and entertaining environment.

In many cases, the audience may consist of people that have Andean background, this program will help them to identify with their roots.

This program can be integrated into the social studies program.

2) MAKING ANDEAN INSTRUMENTS: In this program, participants will be taught how to make a wind instrument. All tools and materials are provided by the instructor. This program includes basic music elements needed such as: producing sounds, tuning, pitch, etc.

The instrument is either made in program (1) or provided by participants or instructor.
In this program students learn to play several Andean melodies and depending on their needs and age group, they can learn to play songs using harmony.
The number of sessions depends on the level of proficiency to be acquired and on how many melodies are to be learned.

4) PERFORMANCE OR ASSEMBLY: In this program, participants will give a performance of what was learned in program (3).

This program is appropriate for schools, colleges and other educational settings, particularly to link it with the closing of the semester.

Program (1) can be presented alone, programs (2) and (3) are usually together, and program (4) is optional but recommended, particularly for schools and colleges.


In addition to the Arts in Education program, classes on other instruments are given, including Andean guitar, charango (a native stringed instrument from the Andes) and various wind and percussion instruments (kena, tarka, siku, rondador, pinkillo, wankara, etc.)

If required, groups of students can be taught various Andean instruments and coached to form an Andean music group.

For additional information please write, telephone or e-mail at:

Guillermo Guerrero
P.O.Box 2340, Astoria, NY 11102

(201) 658-7873

Artist's other web site

TAHUANTINSUYO-Music of the Andes