Thursday, March 11, 2010

Juan y Maria Catolica

David Lewellen reviewed last month's concert in the Early Music Now series: Ensemble Lipzodes makes Guatemalan music timeless.
The performance at All Saints Cathedral showed that music written in the New World during the early days of colonization sounds similar to what the Old World was producing at the same time, which may be the most remarkable thing of all. Music written for isolated churches in remote mountains in Guatemala has every bit as much passion, energy, and magic as anything the great musical centers of Europe were hearing.

The contrast between church music then and now is as great in Guatemala as here; compare these videos of a performance of Ensemble Lipzodes to the music from this prayer service on our 2007 mission trip.

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