The objective of this program is to give students the opportunity to know Peru and its great culture, through the music of their regions and customs of its people and musicians. Students will visit important Peruvian celebrations in three different geographical areas: in the area of the coast, we will see the creole tradition and migrant party in the populous city of Lima. In the Andes, we accompany different traditional dances offered by the fiesta of Virgin Carmen in Pisac, an ancient Inca village in Cusco. And in the Amazon, we meet the Ashaninka, native with an ancestral tradition of song and narrative about the Amazon jungle of Junín. The student will have the opportunity to develop ethnographic research selected by him or suggested by teachers. While in Cusco and Junin, students will integrate themselves into the host community and local customs; in Lima, they will have the opportunity to be in contact with the Creole tradition and new musical trends, such as Peruvian “cumbia”. Between trips, students also spend time at the Institute of Ethnomusicology (IDE) in Lima, systematizing and developing the information recorded their field reports.
Manuel Ráez Retamozo did his undergraduate and graduate studies in anthropology at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, where he is currently professor at the Department of Social Sciences. He is also a researcher, member of the Institute of Ethnomusicology for over 25 years. He is author of the books “En los dominios del Cóndor: fiestas y música tradicional en el valle del Colca”, “Melodías de los valles Sagrados: fiestas y danzas tradicionales” y “Dioses de la Quebradas: fiestas y rituales en la sierra alta de Lima”. He is author as well, of several articles in books and academic journals about ethnomusicology and andean heritage of Peru and Ecuador, so that; he has a remarkable audiovisual collection.
Lima, Huancayo, Satipo and Cusco
Credits Number: 6
Manuel Ráez Retamozo