Adolfo Ibáñez Ayerve & Jennifer Zackin met in Cusco in 2004. Adolfo is from Cusco and Jennifer is from New York. They are based in the Hudson Valley NY and at the Chokechaka Center in the Sacred Valley in Huaran, Cusco, Peru. Over the years they continue to collaborate on projects for Chokechaka.
Adolfo Ibanez Ayerve is a musician and actor from the city of Cusco in Southern Peru. He studied charango (a traditional guitar-like instrument) with Julio Benavente Diaz, one of the last great masters of the t’ipi (finger picking) technique. In Adolfo's work, he shares the tradition of music, storytelling, and other forms of creative expression passed down, to keep alive a body of collective wisdom that can help us to understand our past, discover ways to live harmoniously in the present, and navigate into the future with empathy and reverence.
Jennifer Zackin is a cultural worker inspired by meeting people, experiencing traditions, and sharing a relationship with the landscape. She creates public art that invites community and collaborative engagement. Her drawing, sculpture and installation work highlights nature's patterns and enhances our sense of interconnectedness through reverence and stewardship. Her work has been exhibited in museums, galleries, and outdoor public venues around the world. www.jenniferzackin.com