May 17, 2008

Musician plays Inca instruments

Musician finds inspiration through Inca tribeOscar Rios Pohirieth told Barr Middle School sixth-graders that he found his passion at age 10.

That's when his father brought home a "quena," a flute created by the Inca tribes who lived in the South American Andes.
And:Pohirieth is not just working to perfect his talents on the quena. He also plays numerous other instruments invented by the Incas. They include several forms of zampoñas, or pan flutes. He also plays other kinds of flutes, the drums and even a "baby guitar."

Incas made their zampoñas from reeds that grow around the perimeters of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, Pohirieth told the sixth-graders, who were celebrating "Travel Around the World Day" on Friday.

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