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Huanchaco are a Melbourne based World Fusion five-piece band that draw upon a wide range of influences from many different styles and flavours of music and cultures.


Inspired by travels to various corners of the globe, their songs are a mix of genres such as flamenco, rumba, folk, gypsy and classical. The songs are both lyrical and instrumental, interweaving lyrical poetic messages and melodic elegance in both Spanish and English. Huanchaco aims to create a collective understanding and celebration of culture and expression through music and spoken word with a message of equality for social and environmental development.

Huanchaco comprises of five-members;

Ximena Abarca (Chile) – vocals and castanets,

Sharmila Periakarpan (AU) violin, flute, and vocals,

Daniel J Dixon (English -New Zealand) - guitar and bass

Terry Law (Hong Kong) - percussion.

Yoram Symons (AU) - Poet

The band’s debut release was a self-titled EP in 2012 followed by the release of Arrhythmia in 2015 and then the highly successful release of Communion in 2016.

Huanchaco’s live show takes the audience on a journey through atmosphere, melody and rhythm and has seen them perform throughout Australia in many different environments from countless gigs and community events to cultural festivals such as The Johnston Street Spanish Festival, Myers Place Latin Festival, Melbourne Latin Festival, We Love Life Festival and hosts of Boite’s Sydney Road’s street party.  

With the release of Communion, followed a tour of Chile in April 2017 with sold-out shows across multiple cities as well as performances and interviews on national television such as CNN Chile, Alfombra Roja, Intrusos

In 2018, Huanchaco toured New Zealand performing in Wellington’s iconic Cuba Street night market and Auckland City Night markets with side shows in local venues.

We have just released our single A Marchar, and are almost ready to release a full album by the end of 2019!