Born in Ayabaca, a small town in the northern Peruvian Andes, Guillermo Guerrero moved to New York in 1969 to continue graduate studies in mechanical engineering.
My name is Guillermo Guerrero and I was born in Ayabaca, a small town in the northern Peruvian Andes. I moved to New York in 1969 to continue graduate studies in mechanical engineering. Soon after my arrival, I came across across a vendor of Peruvian kenas, which reminded me of the beautiful music I had heard when growing up in Peru. I was inspired to form the Andean folk music group, Tahuantinsuyo (which in Quechua, the Inca language, means “the four parts of the world”), dedicated to the research and performance of traditional music from the Andean countries that once formed the Inca Empire. The group has performed at concert halls, schools, libraries, museums, and folk festivals in the United States and abroad. I have taught Andean music and instrument-making for over 30 years as a teaching artist and performer in New York City public schools.