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INCA, acoustic or electric, an exhilarating Native South American Folk Ensemble, play ethnic song and dance music from Bolivia, Chile and Peru, travelling up through the Andes to Brazil, Venezuela, Mexico and Cuba. This five-piece ensemble, all acclaimed virtuoso musicians in their field, formed INCA through their love of the haunting and evocative melodies of Latin America and the energetic, pulsating dance music written for Fiesta's and Carnivals. In their spare time they record scores for blockbusting films such as TITANIC, LORD OF THE RINGS, HOBBIT, THE HARRY POTTER SERIES, JAMES BOND, THE MISSION, and major TV series such as BLUE PLANET, Dr WHO, etc. INCA were thrilled to record their debut CD at AIR STUDIOS in 2012, which is available for download and purchase online here. More tracks scheduled during 2013/14! INCA uses a fascinating variety of instruments such as the CHARANGO (small guitar made from the shell of the back of an armadillo), western and PANPIPES AND ETHNIC FLUTES, GUITARS, GUITTARON alongside a huge array of LATIN PERCUSSION, and receives audience and promoter reaction's such as:

"I thought Inca were totally amazing. What talent! The feedback we received after the concert was unanimous in that the audience thought it was the best Harrogate Symphony Orchestra concert to date - because Inca were simply out of this world! Thank you personally for an amazing night." HSO

'Inspired, impressive virtuoso performances' The Guardian

'Brilliant movement, shifting between and in-your-face frenzy one moment and an earthly magic the next. Beautiful!' BBC Music Magazine

'Technical and lyrical command.....Mastered effortlessly.....spine-tingling rhythmic excitement.' Pan Magazine

Recent gigs include: 23/05/13 Harrogate Symphony Orchestra - Solo Set. 09/02/13 Halifax Square Chapel. 23/06/12 Aldeburgh Festival - Inca as part of MusicCircus. 24/06/12 The Stables, Milton Keynes. 16/08/12 Yoxford Arts Festival, Suffolk. 19/08/12 Night Shift Concert preceded by workshop - British Flute Society Convention @ Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. 08/09/12 Ripon International Festival. We have also played: Spice of Life, Soho, London Yoxford Arts Festival, Suffolk Halesworth Arts Festival, Suffolk Rose & Crown, Ealing Woodbridge Arts Festival, Suffolk Mendlesham Arts Festival, Suffolk The Hob, Forest Hill, London Les Heures Musicales d’ Aujols, France Helmsley Arts Centre, York Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, Greenwich

'Musicians of the highest calibre, who here present repertoire with a degree of passion and authority not frequently heard.. played with breathtaking virtuosity and skill. Even the most demanding passages demonstrate exquisite control and clarity at all extremes.' Pan Magazine BFS

'I listened to INCA a couple of days made me want to run away back to Bolivia and Peru (I especially fell in love with Bolivia). You must be thrilled with the result...and to be doing all this with such lifelong friends!' Wissam Boustany, international flute soloist Pan Magazine BFS

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An accomplished cellist, Tony Hinnigan is also a renowned expert on indigenous Andean wind instruments amongst his plethora of talents. Since 1985, he's been sought by a host of heavyweight film soundtrack composers such as James Horner, Michael Nyman, John Williams and Ennio Morricone for his versatility in style and expertise. It was his penny whistle that accompanied Celine Dion on her massive hit single “My Heart Will Go On” which also featured in the blockbuster film Titanic. His panpipes were the backbone of the haunting and evocative sound from “The Mission” and his soulful flute and whistle melodies stirred the senses in the action-packed “Braveheart.” He was a founder-member of the celebrated band “Incantation” and is a soloist/collaborator to the composer James Horner in many more films including “Apocalypto.”

Anna Noakes broadcasts for BBC Radio3 and Classic FM and works as Guest Principal Flute with the LPO, Philharmonia, RPO, ASMF, and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. She has also recorded a vast repertoire of scores which include “Harry Potter,” “Shrek 1 2 3 and 4,” “The Da Vinci Code,” “Casino Royale,” “Love Actually,” “Lord of the Rings,” “The Narnia Trilogy,” “Robin Hood,” “Dark Knight,” “Cranford,” “CHE” and “Volver.” Anna is Professor of Flute at Trinity College of Music and has performed concerti with major London Orchestras; she also gives recitals at many of Britain's most respected festivals, which include Brighton, Leicester, Salisbury, City of London and Dartington. Composers such as Martin Yates, Cecilia McDowall, Dominique Le Gendre, Elgar Howath and Simon Holt have all been inspired to write for her. Anna has recorded numerous CD's, receiving Gramophone Magazine's coveted 'Critics Choice' a number of times.

Julie Murray is a busy freelance flautist working in Manchester and is a member of the Carlton Ensemble - String Quartet and Flute. She has performed in some of the UK`s best orchestra`s including; BBC Philharmonic, Liverpool Philharmonic, Opera North, Manchester Camerata and Britten Sinfonia. She recently made her Concerto debut at St Martin in the Fields with The Locrian Ensemble. Julie can also be found visiting Abbey Road Studio`s where she has been involved in the recent recording of the film music for` Para Norman` and the album for the jazz singer Caro Emerald. She is a reputable and well known teacher throughout the North West.

Gary Kettel became co-principal percussionist of the BBC Symphony Orchestra with Pierre Boulez at the age of 20 and since then has become one of Britain’s most sought after percussionists. He has worked with every major London Orchestra as Principal Percussionist including the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Philharmonia and Academy of St Martin in the Fields. For many years he was the percussionist with the Nash Ensemble and Peter Maxwell Davies’ “Fires of London.” Well known for his stylistic versatility, he has a huge experience in all musical fields from Latin American and Ethnic through straight Classical to Pop and Contemporary. John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Henry Mancini, Elmer Bernstein and Paul McCartney are just a few of the great composers he has worked with on films including the Star Wars series, James Bond series, Harry Potter series and Pirates of the Caribbean, to name but a few.
He gives master-classes and coaching sessions to the percussionists at the Royal Northern College of Music, Trinity College of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the London Symphony Orchestra’s Sheel Competition and is a regular Examiner for the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music and Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Grant MacFarlane Dowse has played in solo and chamber music in a variety of festivals including London South Bank's Ether Festival, London Guitar Festival, Yoxford Arts Festival and Aujols Festival to name a few as well as being soloist with Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra and Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra. Grant has recorded in sessions notably for film composer James Horner. Passionate about music from South America, Grant plays in a variety of ensembles playing music from the Andes through Brazil to Venezuela, also playing indigenous instruments such as cuatro, charango and quena.


The Charango is a small South American stringed instrument of the lute family, about 66 cm long, traditionally made with the shell of the back of an armadillo. They typically have ten strings in five courses of two strings each, although other variations exist.
The instrument was invented in the early 18th century in the Viceroyalty of Peru, a South American entity that was controlled by Spain during the times of the Spanish colonization of the Americas. It is specific to the region of Cerro Rico in the city of Potosi in present day Bolivia.

The Quena is the traditional flute of the Andes. Usually made of bamboo, it has six finger holes and one thumb hole and is open on both ends. To produce sound, the player closes the top end of the pipe with the flesh between his chin and lower lip, and blows a stream of air downward, along the axis of the pipe, over an elliptical notch cut into the end. It is normally in the key of G, with G being the lowest note (all holes covered). It produces a very breathy or airy tone.

Andean Panflutes (or “Zampoña Pan Pipes”) have two rows of pipes with one row one set behind the other. The pipes comprising it are stopped at one end, at which the standing wave is reflected giving a note an octave lower than that produced by an open pipe of equal length. In the traditional South American style, pipes are fine-tuned to correct pitch by placing small pebbles or dry corn kernels into the bottom of the pipes.

A Caxixi is a percussion instrument consisting of a closed basket with a flat-bottom filled with seeds or other small particles. The caxixi is an indirectly struck idiophone. Like the maraca, it is sounded by shaking. It is found across Africa and South America, but mainly in Brazil. Natives believed the caxixi could be used to summon good enchanted spirits and to ward off evil ones.

Bongos are a Cuban percussion instrument consisting of a pair of single-headed, open-ended drums attached to each other. The drums are of different size: the larger drum is called in Spanish the “Hembra” (female) and the smaller the “Macho” (male). It is most often played by hand and is especially associated in Cuban music with a steady patter or ostinato of eighth-notes known as the “martillo” or "hammer". Bongos are membranophones, instruments that create sound by a vibration against a stretched membrane.

The “Guitarrón Chileno” or Chilean Guitarron is a plucked string instrument with 25 strings whose origin dates back to 16th century Chile. It is traditionally used to accompany “el Canto del Poeta” (the Poet Singing), an old Chilena folk genre that cultivates “décima” poetry and improvisation, known in Spanish as “payada.” The themes embraced can be either “Canto a lo Divino” (solemn, religious, more prepared themes) or “Canto a lo Humano” (humorous, amorous, or social criticism themes). This instrument is also performed in many other musical forms.