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Arakaendar: Bolivian Music from the Jesuit Missions

Americas Society

March 5, 2015


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Founded in 2006 on the rich history of Baroque music manuscripts from Bolivia, Arakaendar Choir and Orchestra present a program entitled "Baroque Music from Jesuit Missions in Bolivia," featuring classical Baroque pieces in Latin as well as in its members' seven native dialects, conducted by Ashley Solomon.


Anonymous Tata guasu aña retãmengua
Anon. Ã che Ángele
Giovanni Battista Bassani (1650-1716) Missa a la Fuga de San Joseph
Anon. Pastoreta Ychepe Flauta
Domenico Zipoli (1688-1726) Te deum laudamus
Lorenzo Balbi (1680-1740) Sonata Chiquitana no. IX
Anon. Tota pulchra es María
Roque Jacinto de Chavarria (1688-1719) ¡Fuera, fuera! ¡Háganles lugar!
Anon. Ay, mi amado pastor
Juan de Araujo (1646-1712) Al llanto más tierno
Thomas Abril Laudate Dominum omnes gentes
Johann J. Ignaz Brentner (1689-1742) Gloria et honore from Offertoria solenniora, op. 2


Read more in the printed program (PDF).

Father Piotr Nawrot speaks about the Bolivian Baroque project.

About Arakaendar

With the largest collection of Baroque manuscripts in the world, Father Piotr Nawrot began the International Festival of Renaissance and Baroque Music (IFRBM) in Bolivia. It was during this festival that Nawrot and Ashley Solomon, artistic director of Florilegium (UK), began their collaboration.

In 2005, Solomon auditioned Bolivian singers to work on Baroque choral pieces with Florilegium, and it was there that the Arakaendar Bolivia Choir and Orchestra was formed, making its debut at the 6th IFRBM in 2006. The ensemble of indigenous Bolivians performs their repertoire in Latin and their seven native dialects, and has toured widely throughout Bolivia, the UK, and Europe. The ensemble was featured on 60 Minutes and has recorded several highly acclaimed CDs with Florilegium.

This concert is part of GEMAS, a project of Americas Society and Gotham Early Music Scene devoted to early music of the Americas with Nell Snaidas and Sebastián Zubieta as co-artistic directors.