Program

  • National Children's Choir

    One of the official ensembles of the Culture Ministry, the National Children's choir was founded in 1995 with the goal of promoting and disseminating children's choral music. It consists of more than a hundred young musicians. Since 2009, the choir is directed by Monica Canales Marquez.

    The choir is currently promoting music in native languages through the project Tinkuy: Multilingual songs of Perú.

  • Colombia

    Dueto Nocturnal

    For more than 20 years, the duo consisting of Alfonso Ricardo Arrieta (principal voice, guitar and piano) and Vladimir Ardila Medina (voice and tiple) have been investigating, disseminating and innovating the vernacular musical traditions of different historical periods of Colombian Andean music. Both members act as arrangers and composers.

    Alfonso has been a memer of some of the most important musical groups of his country, including the Philharmonic Choir of Bogota and the musical company "Las Clasicas del Amor", where he was soloist, arranger and assitant director for more than a decade.

    Vladimir studied in the Conservatory of the National University of Colombia. Like Alfonso, he as a member of the Bogota Philharmonic Choir. He taught music in the municipal House of Culture in Cajica (Cundinamarca), and was founder and director of the National Duet Competition of Cajica.

  • Bolivia

    Alfredo Coca

    Alfredo Coca Antezana is a well-known charanguista with a long and fruitful artistic career. By profession an architect, he was born in Cochabamba in 1953. Both of his parents -- Melchor Coca and Irene Antezana -- were musicians, and at the age of fifteen, Alfredo decided to master the charango.

    In his first artistic period, he was member of many musical formations for varying periods, but it was at the beginning of this century that he started his career as a soloist, introducing European audiences to the charango.

    Alfredo Coca was president of the Bolivian Society of the Charango for three terms, from 2003 to 2009, and in his third term he created the Potosi Thousand Charango Orchestra, whose concert figures in the Guinness Book of World Records.

  • Italy

    Soleluna

    Soleluna is a meeting of two well-known Milanese musicians, present for many years in the folk scene. The group was born as a joke, but they have fascinated audiences with their acoustic sounds, their exuberant energy and their vitality.

    Maddalena Soler's violin and Andrea Capezzuoli's accordeon, accompanied by the voices of both musicians, carry the audience on a voyage full of lleno de playful and engaging sounds and suggestive atmospheres. Stories, legends and songs make for a performance not just to hear but to dance.

  • Pre-Concert: 18:30

    Pestalozzi Big Band

    The project that eventually led to the formation of the Pestalozzi Big Band started in 2000, and became reality in 2005. It is made up of students from workshops in trumpet, saxophone, flute, guitar, bass and percussion. The band has participated in school music and art festivals, including the ADCA and the New Acropolis Music Festival, in which since 2007 it has won the best interpretation award.

    The orchestra has performed with well-known Peruvian and Swiss artists, including Jean Pierre Magnet, Pochi Marambio, Nosequien and Nosecuantos, Eliana Burki, Sandro Schneebeli, Daniel Woodtli.

  • Peru

    Zenobia Bautista Cuarteto Interandino

    The quartet is composed of musicians from four Andean regions of Peru, in which innumerable musical expressions coexist: Cusco, Puno, Arequipa and Ayacucho. The musicians, Fernando Prudencio Mendoza, Omar Ponce Valdivia, Braulio Choquehuanca Cutipa and Zenobia Bautista Huamán, all have large trajectories both as musicians and as music educators.

    The groups seeks to promote the recognition of the particular sounds and rhythms of each region. For this reason, they use an enormous variety of native and assimilated instruments, interpreted in their respective local styles. Their instruments include the Andean violin, charangos, chillador, kjirki, bandurria, mandolin and Andean guitar; sikus, quena, pinkillos, tarkas, antara, rondin and accordeon, as well as percussion instruments such as the sikuri drum and the caja y tinya.

  • India

    Ranganiketan

    The Ranganiketan collective, whose name means "the house of colorful arts", was founded in 1989 by Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami as a way of housing and promoting cultural and spiritual harmony through artistic performance. The members of the troupe include dancers, musicians, singers, martial arts, coreographers and artesans.

    Their broad and varied repertoire offers everything from indigenous folkloric dances and percussion, to Rasalila theatre. Since 1990, the group has presented more than 600 performances on four continents in a variety of countries including the USA, Poland, Myanmar, Venezuela and Vietnam.

  • Chile

    Fabiola González

  • Switzerland

    Pflanzplätz

    The sounds of Pflanzplätz ("planting place") are a mix of swiss folk music, modern and at the same time traditional, enriched with interesting improvisations. The schwyzerörgeli (swiss accordeon) and the double bass are their principal instruments, along with guitars, percussion, trumpets and voice.

    For 25 years, they ahve been offering a unique and renovated repertoire. Currently, the group comprises Thomas Aeschbacher y Simon Dettwiler (schwyzerörgeli), Jürg Nietlispach (double bass), Andreas Gabriel (violin) and David Märki (hammered dulcimer).

  • Pre-Opening 18:30

    Juvenile Symphony Orchestra of San Borja

    The Juvenile Symphony Orchestra of the Municipality of San Borja was formed in June, 2015, under the direction of the dutch violinist Marnix Willen Steffen. The orchestra has 30 members between 14 and 23 years of age, who play a wide range of music including classical, modern, criolla, latin american, and themes from contemporary cine.

    In their two years of existence, they have realized concerts in throughout their district.

  • Argentina

    Anahi Rayen Mariluan

    Anahi Rayen Mariluan's music is characterised by the presence of mapuzungun, the language of the indigenous mapuche peoples. Her music has its roots in the mapuche tradition, projected towards a contemporary style in a dalogue between mapuche instruments and sounds of diverse origins, accompanied by guitarist Leopoldo Caracoche and musicians from the Argentine Patagonia.

    The singer, born in Neuquén, now lives in Bariloche. She studied music and theatre both formally and independently. She trained her voice with Liliana Vitae and Miriam García, and in Cuba with Lino Betancourt.

  • Peru

    Federico Tarazona

    As well as being a well-known luthier and guitarist, Federico Tarazona is undoubtedly one of the most important virtuosos of the Andean charango and one of Peru's most prominent contemporary composers.

    He studied classic guitar and composition in the National Music Conservatory of Lima, at the same time as working as professor at the National School of Folklore José María Arguedas. He was awarded the Conservatory's National Composition Prize in 1995, and in 1997 won the Southern Peru prize for musical talent in the field of composition.

    As a musician, he is known for his audacious coloring, open expressivity and extraorindary technique which he puts into service with the differing stylistic demands of his repertory. As composer, he has worked with many different instruments in various styles: conciertos, chamber music, electro-acoustic and orchestral, always emphasizing the presence of traditional Andean instruments and cultural elements.

  • Austria

    Catch Pop String Strong

    Jelena Popržan (Serbia) and Rina Kaçinari (Kosovo), both with classical training, formed this duo in Vienna in 2008. Their presentations are both intense and filled with humour, achieving surprising rhythms with impeccable technique, and they are considered the creative duo par excellence in the Viennese scene.

    Beautiful original compositions alternate with arrangements and fusions of Celtic songs and Bulgarian dance; Bach is mixed with Brecht and a post-Yugoslavian turbo-folk mixed with Albanian love songs, making this duo really unique.

  • Special Guest

    Magali Luque

    Her music ranges from the academic to folk and rock, from arrangements for symphony orchestra and poliphonic choir to works of publicity. She has been professor of voice practice, auditory training and musical theory, as well as teaching electric and double bass in the Lima Conservatory

  • Cusco

    Los Tíos de Santo Tomás

    In the remote heartland of the Cusco region, the musical group Los Tíos de Santo Tomás emerged in the 70s. Since their childhood, the group's members dedicated themselves to the region's music, and as students of the National Mixed Secondary School "Saint Thomas", they were called upon by their professors to provide music for the school's events. With the passage of time, the three brothers -- Juan Agladio, Zacarías and Florentino Laime -- become professors in the same institution. Thanks to the initiative of Juan Agladio, they decided to participate in the Serenade of Homage to the Province of Chumbivilcas, and the warm reception they received convinced them to from the group.

    Los Tíos have travelled throughout Peru, performing in Lima, Arequipa, Cusco and Apurímac. Currently, the band has two more musicians, sons of the Laime brothers. In the words of Juan Agladio: “The group will never die, and one day in some stage, I will hand over my mandolin to on of my sons, as will Zacarías and Florentino”.

  • India

    Ranganiketan

    The Ranganiketan collective, whose name means "the house of colorful arts", was founded in 1989 by Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami as a way of housing and promoting cultural and spiritual harmony through artistic performance. The members of the troupe include dancers, musicians, singers, martial arts, coreographers and artesans.

    Their broad and varied repertoire offers everything from indigenous folkloric dances and percussion, to Rasalila theatre. Since 1990, the group has presented more than 600 performances on four continents in a variety of countries including the USA, Poland, Myanmar, Venezuela and Vietnam.

  • Chile

    Fabiola González

  • Argentina

    Anahi Rayen Mariluan

    Anahi Rayen Mariluan's music is characterised by the presence of mapuzungun, the language of the indigenous mapuche peoples. Her music has its roots in the mapuche tradition, projected towards a contemporary style in a dalogue between mapuche instruments and sounds of diverse origins, accompanied by guitarist Leopoldo Caracoche and musicians from the Argentine Patagonia.

    The singer, born in Neuquén, now lives in Bariloche. She studied music and theatre both formally and independently. She trained her voice with Liliana Vitae and Miriam García, and in Cuba with Lino Betancourt.

  • Austria

    Catch Pop String Strong

    Jelena Popržan (Serbia) and Rina Kaçinari (Kosovo), both with classical training, formed this duo in Vienna in 2008. Their presentations are both intense and filled with humour, achieving surprising rhythms with impeccable technique, and they are considered the creative duo par excellence in the Viennese scene.

    Beautiful original compositions alternate with arrangements and fusions of Celtic songs and Bulgarian dance; Bach is mixed with Brecht and a post-Yugoslavian turbo-folk mixed with Albanian love songs, making this duo really unique.

  • Colombia

    Dueto Nocturnal

    For more than 20 years, the duo consisting of Alfonso Ricardo Arrieta (principal voice, guitar and piano) and Vladimir Ardila Medina (voice and tiple) have been investigating, disseminating and innovating the vernacular musical traditions of different historical periods of Colombian Andean music. Both members act as arrangers and composers.

    Alfonso has been a memer of some of the most important musical groups of his country, including the Philharmonic Choir of Bogota and the musical company "Las Clasicas del Amor", where he was soloist, arranger and assitant director for more than a decade.

    Vladimir studied in the Conservatory of the National University of Colombia. Like Alfonso, he as a member of the Bogota Philharmonic Choir. He taught music in the municipal House of Culture in Cajica (Cundinamarca), and was founder and director of the National Duet Competition of Cajica.

  • Switzerland

    Pflanzplätz

    The sounds of Pflanzplätz ("planting place") are a mix of swiss folk music, modern and at the same time traditional, enriched with interesting improvisations. The schwyzerörgeli (swiss accordeon) and the double bass are their principal instruments, along with guitars, percussion, trumpets and voice.

    For 25 years, they have been offering a unique and renovated repertoire. Currently, the group comprises Thomas Aeschbacher y Simon Dettwiler (schwyzerörgeli), Jürg Nietlispach (double bass), Andreas Gabriel (violin) and David Märki (hammered dulcimer).

  • Peru

    Federico Tarazona

    As well as being a well-known luthier and guitarist, Federico Tarazona is undoubtedly one of the most important virtuosos of the Andean charango and one of Peru's most prominent contemporary composers.

    He studied classic guitar and composition in the National Music Conservatory of Lima, at the same time as working as professor at the National School of Folklore José María Arguedas. He was awarded the Conservatory's National Composition Prize in 1995, and in 1997 won the Southern Peru prize for musical talent in the field of composition.

    As a musician, he is known for his audacious coloring, open expressivity and extraorindary technique which he puts into service with the differing stylistic demands of his repertory. As composer, he has worked with many different instruments in various styles: conciertos, chamber music, electro-acoustic and orchestral, always emphasizing the presence of traditional Andean instruments and cultural elements.

  • Italy

    Soleluna

    Soleluna is a meeting of two well-known Milanese musicians, present for many years in the folk scene. The group was born as a joke, but they have fascinated audiences with their acoustic sounds, their exuberant energy and their vitality.

    Maddelena Soler's violin and Andrea Capezzuoli's accordeon, accompanied by the voices of both musicians, carry the audience on a voyage full of lleno de playful and engaging sounds and suggestive atmospheres. Stories, legends and songs make for a performance not just to hear but to dance.

  • Colombia

    Dueto Nocturnal

    For more than 20 years, the duo consisting of Alfonso Ricardo Arrieta (principal voice, guitar and piano) and Vladimir Ardila Medina (voice and tiple) have been investigating, disseminating and innovating the vernacular musical traditions of different historical periods of Colombian Andean music. Both members act as arrangers and composers.

    Alfonso has been a memer of some of the most important musical groups of his country, including the Philharmonic Choir of Bogota and the musical company "Las Clasicas del Amor", where he was soloist, arranger and assitant director for more than a decade.

    Vladimir studied in the Conservatory of the National University of Colombia. Like Alfonso, he as a member of the Bogota Philharmonic Choir. He taught music in the municipal House of Culture in Cajica (Cundinamarca), and was founder and director of the National Duet Competition of Cajica.

  • Switzerland

    Pflanzplätz

    The sounds of Pflanzplätz ("planting place") are a mix of swiss folk music, modern and at the same time traditional, enriched with interesting improvisations. The schwyzerörgeli (swiss accordeon) and the double bass are their principal instruments, along with guitars, percussion, trumpets and voice.

    For 25 years, they have been offering a unique and renovated repertoire. Currently, the group comprises Thomas Aeschbacher y Simon Dettwiler (schwyzerörgeli), Jürg Nietlispach (double bass), Andreas Gabriel (violin) and David Märki (hammered dulcimer).

  • Peru

    Federico Tarazona

    As well as being a well-known luthier and guitarist, Federico Tarazona is undoubtedly one of the most important virtuosos of the Andean charango and one of Peru's most prominent contemporary composers.

    He studied classic guitar and composition in the National Music Conservatory of Lima, at the same time as working as professor at the National School of Folklore José María Arguedas. He was awarded the Conservatory's National Composition Prize in 1995, and in 1997 won the Southern Peru prize for musical talent in the field of composition.

    As a musician, he is known for his audacious coloring, open expressivity and extraorindary technique which he puts into service with the differing stylistic demands of his repertory. As composer, he has worked with many different instruments in various styles: conciertos, chamber music, electro-acoustic and orchestral, always emphasizing the presence of traditional Andean instruments and cultural elements.

  • Italy

    Soleluna

    Soleluna is a meeting of two well-known Milanese musicians, present for many years in the folk scene. The group was born as a joke, but they have fascinated audiences with their acoustic sounds, their exuberant energy and their vitality.

    Maddelena Soler's violin and Andrea Capezzuoli's accordeon, accompanied by the voices of both musicians, carry the audience on a voyage full of lleno de playful and engaging sounds and suggestive atmospheres. Stories, legends and songs make for a performance not just to hear but to dance.

Friday, March 11

Mainstage Concerts 19:00 – 22:00

  • Special Guest

    Manuelcha Prado

    Manuelcha Prado is a recognized master of the Andean Guitar. He was born en Puquio, Ayacucho, whose stimulating musical traditions have been a lifelong influence. His beautiful arrangements and compositions for the guitar not only express an original voice, but also maintain a strong link with the musical traditions of the Peruvian Andes.

    (Link)
  • Italy

    Dúo Bottasso

    The Botasso brothers — Nicolo on violin and Simone on diatonic accordeon — offer us an extravaganza of their own compositions and their reinterpretations of traditional folk songs. The duo combines the delicacy of their instruments with their explosive energy and fraternal complicity, evolving their music without losing track of the musical traditions of their region.

    Their first album, Crescendo (Growing), reveals the musical history of the two brothers, firmly rooted in the traditional music of Italy while engaging in the adventure of improvisation and new compositions.

    (Link)
  • Chile

    Dúo Sankara

    Fernando Mosqueda and Felipe Valdez have performed as a duo since 2009, interpreting a repertory with Latin American roots using charango and guitar, linking the traditional Latin American sounds with recent creations. Their performances combine their music with a delicate staging, creating an ambience appropriate for each moment of the show

    Their first CD, Sombra (Shadow), released in 2011, was supported by the Musical Fund, and their second one De piojos a cucharas (From lice to spoons), with more of their own creations, was selected for the Seed Project of the University of Santiago.

    (Link)
  • Switzerland

    Geschwister Küng

    The Küng Family, eight brothers and sisters, launched their musical career in 1991. Today, the group consists of four Küngs — Clarigna (violin), Mirena (violin), Madlaina (double bass) and Roland (hammered dulcimer) — with Philomena Aepli (violin) and Barbara Gisler (cello). In their Peruvian tour, Roland Küng will be replaced with the acclaimed hammered dulcimer player Nicolas Senn.

    The Küngs take the musical heritage of their native canton of Appenzell, mixing it with influences from other regions and countries, thereby giving a different perspective to musical classics and forging a new path of musical experience.

    Their latest album, Nüdallgraaduus (Things aren't always easy) was launched in 2011, commemorating the groups 20th anniversary.

    (Link)

Saturday, March 12

Mainstage Concerts 19:00 – 22:00

  • Special Guest

    Consuelo Jerí

    Coming from a family with an enormous love of music, Consuelo has cultivated Andean music since her childhood. She has performed throughout Peru, as well as concerts in Spain and France. Her talent, professionalism and warmth are evident in her appearance in Javier Corcuera's award-winning documentary Kashkaniraqmi — Sigo Siendo (I'm still here)
  • Special Guest

    Luciano Quispe

    Considered by many to be Peru's best Andean harpist, composer of beautiful huaynos and untiring promotor of Andean music. As harpist in the musical project Serenata de los Andes, every note transmits his sensibility and sentiment. His melodies have been interpreted by musicians from many countries.
  • India

    Bipul Kumar Ray

    Bipul Kumar Ray is a master of the santoor, a classic instrument from the Indian region of Jammu and Kashmir. He has a doctorate in classical vocal music, and a PhD in the santoor from the University of Delhi. He is a grade "A" artist in All India Radio

    Currently, Bipul Ray teaches santoor in the faculty of music and fine arts of the University of Delhi. He has performed in presitigious concerts in India and abroad, winning prizes including Bihar Kala Puraskar (State prize of the government of Bihar) and the Rotary Prize of New Delhi for his immense contribution to classical instrumental indian musica.

    He has recorded two albums, Devotional Healing and Spiritual Bliss, reflecting his work in music therapy.

  • Basque Country / Spain

    Kepa Junkera

    Half a century ago in Bilbao, Kepa Junkera's music started to take shape, from an infancy surrounded by the sounds of popular folk music, until it found its form in the trikitixa, creating a unique symbiosis, revolutionizing traditional Basque music and putting it firmly into the international scene.

    True to himself, Kepa Junkera seduces us while melting in a long embrace, opening and closing the bellows of his small accordion, caressing each note, musician and instrument telling their story of fertile land and new winds.

    (Link)

Sunday, March 13

Mainstage Concerts 19:00 – 22:00

  • Austria

    Matthias Loibner

    Matthais Loibner has spent the last 25 years experimenting with different styles and genres using the hurdy-gurdy, this unique traditional European instrument. With this instrument, he relates stories which float between memories and dreams, observations of human moods and the natural world, and moments of rapport.

    His art is based on encounters with the listener which feed on the spontaneous emotions which emerge during the performance, which range from classics to jazz to electronic music.

    (Link)
  • Colombia

    Duet Renaceres

    Since 2002, Marco Fidel Castro Castañeda (lead voice and guitar) and Carlos Andrés Yepes Valencia (second voice and tiple) have been promoting the interpretation of Andean music of Colombia.

    The duet Renaceres is recognized nationally and internationally, and have played in the most important venues of their country. As well as interpreting Andean music of Colombia, their concerts include diverse genres of Latin American music.

  • Peru

    Serranova

    The essence of Serranova is the music of Cajamarca; the quest to capture sounds, sensations, aromas, sentiments and lives, and share the results through their art.

    They never imagined that their music and song would imitate the flight of the hummingbird and the rumble of the wind in the extraordinary Friars of Cumbes, the stone forest near Cajamarca.

    The group is led by clarinero and vocalist Danny Henrry Chavarría Mendoza, accompanied by guitarist and vocalist Daniel Palomino, and various others, all of whom share the profound dream of bringing their art to distant lands, singing life and love.

  • March 2 – May 29, 2016

    Andean sounds

    This exposition, which includes 55 pieces, seeks to express the rich variety of the three families of musical instruments in ancient Peru: aerophones, membranophones and idiophones.

    Their presence in the archaeological record dates back to about 3000 B.C.E. , during the Archaic Period. The earliest evidence of a sound instrument corresponds to a rattle (idiófono) found in the central Coast region of La Paloma, 5000 B.C.E. or 7000 years ago, still within the framework of the Archaic Period (6000-2000 B.C.E.). Music has always been associated with the public sphere -- the state, the community or the religious -- and very rarely if ever associated with the private sphere, whether family, individual or personal.

  • The roots of highlands music

    Valuing diversity as the central theme in the preservation of cultural expression
    Enrique López-Hurtado (Perú), Coordinator of the Culture Section of UNESCO, Lima.
    Topography of Alpine Music
    Johannes Rühl (Switzerland), Anthropologist and musicologist, artistic director of the Alpentöne festival and European curator for FIMA
    Andean music and the Pachamama
    Leo Casas (Perú), Singer, musicologist, and promotor of Andean culture
    The roots of the music of India and the Himalaya
    Sandeep Chakravorty (India), Ambassador of India to Peru
  • Water and mountain cultures

    Mountains: the mother of the planet's sweetwater
    Juan Torres, botanist and ecologist specializing in deserts and mountains. Principal professor in the National Agricultural University of La Molina (UNAM).
    Mountains, water and Andean cultures: from the moor to the peak
    Elías Mujica, archaeologist and anthropologist. Specialist in the emergence and development of complex societies in the Andean region.
    Jorge Recharte, Doctor en Antropology from the University of Cornell. EEUU. Director of the Andean Program of the Mountain Institute in Peru. Specialist in mountain societies and climate change.
    The Andean chain: source of water and vital nutrients to the biodiversity of the Amazon basin
    William Santini, hydrologist working with the French Institute of Development Research (IRD) in Peru.
    Water, mountains, and sustainable development objectives
    Ignacio Cancino, National Coordinator of the Science Sector, UNESCO Peru. Social scientist specializing in hydrological resource management and climate change in the Andes.
  • Pestalozzi Big Band

    The project that eventually led to the formation of the Pestalozzi Big Band started in 2000, and became reality in 2005. It is made up of students from workshops in trumpet, saxophone, flute, guitar, bass and percussion. The band has participated in school music and art festivals, including the ADCA and the New Acropolis Music Festival, in which since 2007 it has won the best interpretation award.

    The orchestra has performed with well-known Peruvian and Swiss artists, including Jean Pierre Magnet, Pochi Marambio, Nosequien and Nosecuantos, Eliana Burki, Sandro Schneebeli, Daniel Woodtli.

  • Humboldt Big Band

    The Humboldt Big Band (HBB) is one of the most representative artistic groups of the Peruvian-German College Alexander von Humboldt. The HBB performs at school festivals and cultural activities, where it always received with enthusiasm. The HBB has also toured the city of Arequipa. In 2007, they recorded their first album In Crescendo, and this year they are preparing a new album. The band is directed by its founder, saxophonist Ruben Romero.

Cusco

  • India

    Bipul Kumar Ray

    Bipul Kumar Ray is a master of the santoor, a classic instrument from the Indian region of Jammu and Kashmir. He has a doctorate in classical vocal music, and a PhD in the santoor from the University of Delhi. He is a grade "A" artist in All India Radio

    Currently, Bipul Ray teaches santoor in the faculty of music and fine arts of the University of Delhi. He has performed in presitigious concerts in India and abroad, winning prizes including Bihar Kala Puraskar (State prize of the government of Bihar) and the Rotary Prize of New Delhi for his immense contribution to classical instrumental indian musica.

    He has recorded two albums, Devotional Healing and Spiritual Bliss, reflecting his work in music therapy.

  • Italy

    Dúo Bottasso

    The Botasso brothers — Nicolo on violin and Simone on diatonic accordeon — offer us an extravaganza of their own compositions and their reinterpretations of traditional folk songs. The duo combines the delicacy of their instruments with their explosive energy and fraternal complicity, evolving their music without losing track of the musical traditions of their region.

    Their first album, Crescendo (Growing), reveals the musical history of the two brothers, firmly rooted in the traditional music of Italy while engaging in the adventure of improvisation and new compositions.

  • Peru

    Altivos de Canas

    Altivos de Canas come from the district of Quehue in the province of Canas, Cusco. Founded in 1993, they recently celebrated their 22nd year by winning the government of Cusco's "Regional Trajectory 2015" prize. They have also been recognized by the province of Canas, the Andean University of Cusco, and other institutions. They have recorded seven albums.

  • Peru

    Saywas de Ccatcca

    Saywas de Ccatcca come from the district of Ccatcca in the province of Quispicanchi, Cusco. With 40 years of musical trajectory, they are known for their promotion of the Andean huayno with lyrics in Quechua. They have been recognized by the Province of Quispicanchi as "Living Cultural Heritage".

Cajamarca

  • Switzerland

    Geschwister Küng

    The Küng Family, eight brothers and sisters, launched their musical career in 1991. Today, the group consists of four Küngs — Clarigna (violin), Mirena (violin), Madlaina (double bass) and Roland (hammered dulcimer) — with Philomena Aepli (violin) and Barbara Gisler (cello). In their Peruvian tour, Roland Küng will be replaced with the acclaimed hammered dulcimer player Nicolas Senn.

    The Küngs take the musical heritage of their native canton of Appenzell, mixing it with influences from other regions and countries, thereby giving a different perspective to musical classics and forging a new path of musical experience.

    Their latest album, Nüdallgraaduus (Things aren't always easy) was launched in 2011, commemorating the groups 20th anniversary.

  • Colombia

    Duet Renaceres

    Since 2002, Marco Fidel Castro Castañeda (lead voice and guitar) and Carlos Andrés Yepes Valencia (second voice and tiple) have been promoting the interpretation of Andean music of Colombia.

    The duet Renaceres is recognized nationally and internationally, and have played in the most important venues of their country. As well as interpreting Andean music of Colombia, their concerts include diverse genres of Latin American music.

  • Austria

    Matthias Loibner

    Matthais Loibner has spent the last 25 years experimenting with different styles and genres using the hurdy-gurdy, this unique traditional European instrument. With this instrument, he relates stories which float between memories and dreams, observations of human moods and the natural world, and moments of rapport.

    His art is based on encounters with the listener which feed on the spontaneous emotions which emerge during the performance, which range from classics to jazz to electronic music.

  • Peru

    Serranova

    The essence of Serranova is the music of Cajamarca; the quest to capture sounds, sensations, aromas, sentiments and lives, and share the results through their art.

    They never imagined that their music and song would imitate the flight of the hummingbird and the rumble of the wind in the extraordinary Friars of Cumbes, the stone forest near Cajamarca.

    The group is led by clarinero and vocalist Danny Henrry Chavarría Mendoza, accompanied by guitarist and vocalist Daniel Palomino, and various others, all of whom share the profound dream of bringing their art to distant lands, singing life and love.

Friday, November 28

Mainstage Concerts 18:00 – 23:00

  • Peru

    Pancho Gómez Negrón

    The group takes its name from the legendary musician Pancho Gómez Negrón, precursor of the huayno of Chumbivilcas.
  • Italy

    Andrea Capezzuoli Trio

    A musical fusion between folk and jazz, mixing tradition and innovation, they invite the audience on a delightful musical voyage.
  • Argentina

    Mariana Carrizo

    A recent arrival to the argentinian folklore scene, after winning the 2004 Cosquin consecration award. Her cheeky and profoundly feminine approach to the "copla" -- a traditional Spanish popular music style -- will amaze and surprise.
  • Switzerland

    Hornroh

    Hornroh's music is characterized by the need to renew the alpine tradition without losing its symbolism. That is the incomparable charm of their music. (Link)

Saturday, November 29

Mainstage Concerts 18:00 – 23:00

  • Colombia

    Dueto Vivir Cantando

    Declared the "Princes of song 2011". The duet "Vivir Cantando" (To live, singing) has received countless prizes and recognitions in diverse festivals inside Colombia and internationally.
  • Peru

    Los Jaukas

    The Jaukas: a group which investigates, learns, cultivates and shares the traditional music of the high plains of Peru in its diverse expressions.
  • France

    Laurence Bourdin

    Laurence Bourdin encountered the “vielle à roue” -- an instrument from the 18th century known in English as the hurdy-gurdy -- when she was 13 years old, and started to play a traditional musical repertory. But she soon discovered the extraordinary musical potential of this instrument.
  • Germany

    Kofelgschroa

    Originating from a small city in the Bavarian Alps, Oberammergau, Kofelgschroa won the City of Munich's "Culture Prize 2013". According to the jury: "Kofelgschroa are four young musicians who marvelously combine folk music, the Bavarian dialect, and pop."

Sunday, November 30

Mainstage Concerts 18:00 – 23:00

  • Bolivia

    Marcelo Peña Dúo

    Marcelo Peña is known as the self-taught Bolivian master of the quena (flute). He discovered this instrument at the age of eight, and since then has realized international tours in the Americas, Asias and Europe.
  • Chile

    Freddy Torrealba

    Naturally left-handed, Freddy Torrealba has taken the charango to a level never before seen, thanks to his virtuosity and technique. He's considered the best charango player in Chile, and some would say, in the world. (Link)
  • India

    Rabab Instrumental Group

    For 28 years, they have given the world a musical tradition passed down from father to son in India.
  • Austria

    Alma

    With roots in popular music, training in diverse instruments, experience with different musical styles and an enormous passion for mountain cultures and customs, Alma offers traditional music interpreted in a contemporary style with collective improvisation.

Other activies

  • November 13 – 30

    From the Andes to the World

    The exhibition consists of about 35 ancestral musical instruments of the Andes, which are part of the museum's collection of over 1,900 instruments. Amongst the pieces on display is an enigmatic 2500-year-old bone flute which was found in the archaeological site of Kotosh.

    National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History of Peru
    Plaza Bolívar, Pueblo Libre (on the other side of the park from the Pueblo Libre Town Hall)

  • Exposition

    The impact of climate change in the mountain regions of the world

    In the context of the upcoming COP20, UNESCO brings to the festival this exposition of satellite photography, organized by the UNESCO programmes Man and the Biosphere and International Hydrological, with the support of UNESCO's Lima office. The 23 panels use satellite images, mostly from the Japanese Agency of Aerospatial Exploration, as well as the European Space Agency, the US Geological Service and Planet Action, show the principal functions of the mountains as well as the effects of climate change on these ecosystems, the hydrological resources, and the way of life.
  • Exposition

    The Music Box

    This innovative creation of Adriana Young and Cesar Terán is a natural space in the centre of the city; a space for the tranquility, a simulacro of nature in the midst of the chaos which surrounds the big cities. The Music Box starts when the lights are turned off, and inside the music plays in a calm environment surrounded by nature.
  • Sunday 30

    Outdoor cinema

    Projection of films about music, mountains and the environment.
    Animal Park
    AFEA, Francesco Picciolo, Italy - 2013, 9 minutes
    Mar de Fons
    Bruno López y Florencia Luna, Spain - 2014, 30 minutes
    Sigo Siendo
    Javier Corcuera, Pery - 2013, 120 minutes
  • Workshops with participating musicians

    Saturday November 29, 11:00–13:00
    • The quena (flute)
    • The charango
    Sunday November 30, 11:00–13:00
    • The harp (and more)
    • Horns (and others)
  • Saturday 29 15:00–17:00

    Conference: Highlands Music

    The waqrapuku of Parinacochas, Ayacucho. Continuity and cultural resistence in the Andes
    Carlos Mansilla, National College of Folklore "José María Arguedas", Peru
    Cosmovision y symbolism in Andean music and dance
    Chalena Vásquez, Musicologist, PUCP, Perú
    Simbolism of the Alphorn
    Johannes Rühl, Director Alpentöne, Switzerland
  • Sunday 30 15:00–17:00

    Deglaciation and Highlands Cultures

    The situation of the world's glaciers — Himalayas, Alps and Andes — and its repercussions in the lives of mountain populations.
    Christian Huggel, University of Zürich, Switzerland
    Andean glaciers in history: four centuries of climate in the mountains and high plains.
    Bernard Francou, Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD), France
    Perceptions and sentiments of the mountain populations: Climate change and the risk of disaster
    Karen Price, CARE, Perú
    The value of mountain biodiversity: Biocommerce as an alternative for market development
    René Gómez-García, Development Bank of Latin America (CAF)
  • Saturday 29 – 8:30 p.m.

    Musical encounter between festivals

    A very special Jam Session uniting musicians from the International Festival of Highlands Music and the International Encounter of Quenistas. From the IFHM, Italy's Andrea Campozzuoli Trio, and from the IEQ Rodrigo Sosa (Argentina) and Doré Muñoz (Colombia).

    Spanish Cultural Centre
    Natalio Sánchez 181. (In front of Plaza Washington, in block 6 of Arequipa Avenue)

Outside of Lima

  • Germany

    Kofelgschroa

    Originating from a small city in the Bavarian Alps, Oberammergau, Kofelgschroa won the City of Munich's "Culture Prize 2013". According to the jury: "Kofelgschroa are four young musicians who marvelously combine folk music, the Bavarian dialect, and pop."
  • Arequipa

    Conjunto Queñual

  • Switzerland

    Hornroh

    Hornroh's music is characterized by the need to renew the alpine tradition without losing its symbolism. That is the incomparable charm of their music. (Link)
  • France

    Laurence Bourdin

    Laurence Bourdin encountered the “vielle à roue” -- an instrument from the 18th century known in English as the hurdy-gurdy -- when she was 13 years old, and started to play a traditional musical repertory. But she soon discovered the extraordinary musical potential of this instrument.
  • Cusco

    Pancho Gómez Negrón

    The group takes its name from the legendary musician Pancho Gómez Negrón, precursor of the huayno of Chumbivilcas.
  • Round Table

    Round table discussion of highlands music, for students and professors of the School of Music.