Festival Musica de las Alturas 2016

Festival Musica de las Alturas 2016

Agnes Rivera

The second edition of the music festival comes to Lima this March, aiming to connect the music of the mountains to the world.

The Himalayas in South Asia have it. The Alps that spread across all of Europe have it, too. Forming a natural border between France and Spain, the Pyrenees surely have a unique sound to it.

Music is a constant in the highlands no matter what part of the world. Perhaps it is only fitting that the capital of Peru, a country rippled by the longest continental mountain range in the world, would play host to the second Music of the Highlands Festival (Festival Musica de las Alturas).

International artists will hold mini concerts March 11-13, from 7-10 p.m. in the Nicomedes Santa Cruz Amphitheater in Lima's Exposition Park (Parque de la Exposicion). Organized by Asociacion Arte de Alturas, the festival will carry on after its three-day stint in Lima, moving on to Cusco (March 15), then Cajamarca (March 16).

Participating musicians were selected by curators based on the criteria that the audience will “travel” to the lands of the music’s origin upon hearing the sounds, according to festival director Liana Cisneros. Peru counts with the band Serranova, representing Cajamarca. Chile will bring Sankara Duo; Colombia with Dueto Renaceres; Kepa Junkera will make the long travel from Spain, among many others.

Despite its name, the festival will not focus solely on music. Issues of environmental change will also be discussed during conferences during the festivals final two days. These can be enjoyed at the nearby auditorium of MALI, from 3-5 p.m.

On a related note, on March 2 the Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History of Peru will inaugurate a new exposition, Prehispanic Instruments: Sounds of the Andes. Fifty-five ancient instruments, some dating as far back as 3,000 years old, will be on display in the Pueblo Libre museum.

The festival will be held March 11, 12, and 13 in Lima. Don’t miss the inauguration performance from Peru’s own Manuelcha Prado.

Website: http://festivaldealturas.pe/

(Video: YouTube/Festival de Alturas)

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