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Primeros Tonos

Oy hasemos fiesta todas

Maria de solo un buelo

Pabanilla

Dominus regnavit

Released in Mexico in 2012



Released in April 2011
From Focus Records/IUMusic:


Oy Hasemos Fiesta
Music from 16th century Guatamala for voices and winds
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Ensemble Lipzodes is a unique group that combines voice, shawms, dulcians, recorders, and percussion to bring to life the rarely performed music of 16th century Guatemala. In addition to this singular repertoire, the ensemble also explores new directions in early music utilizing voices and winds.


Sample of one of our programs at the America's Society, New York City

http://youtu.be/XINNTIsqWxk


Music from the Ibarra Manuscript 1680-1730

Bloomington, Indiana
8 February 2015

and

Musica Sacra Festival, Quito, Ecuador
21-23 March 2015

The Ecuadorian musicologist Mario Godoy found in 1994 a series of manuscripts containing carols, romances and canzonetas from the colonial era (1680-1730). Most of the compositions were anonymous, but some of them belong to important composers, maestros de capilla in both Quito and Bogotá, among them Fray Manuel Blasco, José Ortuño, Cristóbal Galán, and others.

This manuscript is one of the most important findings of colonial Ecuadorian and Latin American musical history. Although currently held in the city of Ibarra it is believed to originally have been in the city of Quito, most likely in the convent of the Conceptas due to the reference of named nuns mentioned in the manuscript.

In addition to Christmas songs, there are several dedicated to the Blessed Sacrament, Our Lady, the Blessed Trinity and Saints, celebrated on specific days. Ensemble Lizpodes selected and transcribed several of the compositions other than those for Christmas for the opening of the XIV International Festival of Sacred Music theme.



Ensemble Lipzodes came together in 2004 in Bloomington, Indiana. Its members were students completing degrees in the Early Music Institute and the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. The ensemble combines voice, shawms, dulcians, recorders, and percussion to bring to life the rarely performed music of 16th century Guatemala. In addition to this singular repertoire, the ensemble also explores new directions in early music utilizing voices and winds.

In 2004, Lipzodes was a finalist in Early Music America's Renaissance and Medieval Performance Competition, and in 2006 the ensemble was selected as a winner in the Ninth Competition in Performance of Music from Spain and Latin America. The ensemble has performed throughout the United States and in Latin America, featured at festivals and series such as the Bloomington Early Music Festival, the Chicago Latino Music Festival, the Boston Early Music Fringe Festival, and the National Gallery of Art Concert Series. In 2007 they were featured on a CD recording by the University of North Texas, Christmas Vespers in Cusco: Music from an Incan Baroque City, with the University of North Texas Collegium Singers and Instrumentalists. Oy hasemos fiesta is their first CD release as an ensemble with Focus Records.

The ensemble's unique name comes from a creative misinterpretation of the writing on the flyleaf of MS 1, Santa Eulalia, from the Guatemalan Music Manuscripts (printed on the CD label of our recording). What at first glance seems to say "Lipzodes" actually is the first part of a passage which continues further: "LibRodeSancta olaya Puyumatlan. Este libro de canto hize yo francº de Leon maestro deste pueblo de sancta olaya. hizelo En el año De mill y quinientos y ochenta y dos annos. Francº De Leon.." In an orthographic transformation typical of the region, the letters "b" and "p" became exchanged, and the "R" lost its vertical bar, to become what appeared to be a Z.

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