Working with Inkas Wasi was an extrodinary experience because it gave me a chance to see first hand how a real live performing Andean group works. When I was with the group, Sergio Espinoza showed me all kinds of things from Peru and more. He also was my mentor for a time and guided me through this venture the best way he thought possible. He helped me improve my playing on the Siku (Panpipes) so much so that my sound is now clearer and stronger. He also introduced me to his way of performing on the streets and I got to perform with him live in Harvard Square and various parts of Boston. It was like a dream come true for me. He improved my knowledge of how equipment works and how to troubleshoot when things go wrong. He gave me a chance to see how he runs his store in Rockport.
It was at times challenging, but it was fun all the same. I got the opportunity to reunite with some old acquaintances there and meet some new, friendly, and interesting people as well. In addition to playing with Sergio on the streets I also had the opportunity to play with the entire band live on actual gigs.
It was a spectacular experience. I even had the pleasure of traveling by car to Florida to do a couple of gigs for the Latino community down there. It was so much fun - the show is on YouTube - check it out!
When performing on the streets, I worked through some challenging moments. There were times when we were asked to lower our volume, or when other street performers asked us to share our space with them.
Although it wasn’t easy in those moments, I learned to manage the challenges related to being a musician on the street.
All and all it was a really fun experience. If I had the chance to do it again, I would in a heartbeat!
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