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Charango and Guitar Instructor

Born and raised in “El Valle de los Chillos” on the outskirts of Quito, Ecuador, Geo Suquillo started learning to play the Andean flutes (zampoñas and quenas) as well as the stringed charango at the age of 12. He later studied the techniques of charango and flamenco guitar from experts in each tradition.

He has performed Andean music with other musicians and professional bands, winning competitions and performing solo charango in local venues in his hometown. At a young age, he performed with high-profile bands and well-known Andean groups, including Los Kjarkas, Cuatro del Altiplano, Jayac, and Ballet Jacchigua. He also developed a private teaching studio for guitar, charango and bandolin, and produced concerts and other large-scale events.

Upon moving to New York City, in 2007 he began working with the Music Under New York (MUNY) program as a solo guitarist. In 2010, he founded the band Inti and the Moon, with violinist Concetta Abbate and fellow guitarist Muammer Aryar.

He has performed in international festivals and academic workshops, including the global Sharq Taronalari Festival in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, as well as at Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the United Nations, the National Museum of the American Indian, The Shrine, Washington Heights Dominican Festival and Citi Summer Streets festival. He is a sought-after instrumentalist and is active in the New York City and tri-state area music scenes.

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