INCA: the Peruvian Ensemble, will be presented Friday, April 17th as the first concert of the Venice G2 Galleryís music series ìRhythms Across the Americas: From the Andes to the Appalachians.î

The performance is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., with a reception beginning at 6 p.m. at the G2 Gallery, 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. Admission is free and open to the public.

INCA, the Peruvian Ensemble is a collective of South and Central American musicians with a shared interest in the rich, multi-cultural heritage of Peruís ethnic and folkloric music. Since their first collaboration in 1981, INCA ensemble members say the group has been one of the leading forces in preserving and promulgating traditional forms of music from their native homeland.

INCAís music is the product of a range of influences that include the Hispanic and Criollo heritage of Peruís central and northern coasts, Afro-Peruvian inspired melodies from the southern coast, indigenous Amazonian music, and songs handed down from the Andean region and the people that are INCAís namesake.

Funding from local, state and federal institutions including the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, and the L.A. County Arts Commission has enabled the ensemble to create sound recordings that have been made available to the public, further expanding their goal of preserving the ethnic traditions of this unique Latin American art form. INCA recently made its mark on American pop culture in a two-part episode of the cartoon television series South Park.