Ensemble Links: Capilla del Sol and La Barroca del Suquía
Ensembles of note from Argentina, in their own words. (Click on the city to read more.)
Buenos Aires: Capilla del Sol (Ramiro Albino, dir.)
The conquest and colonization of America entailed mixture, unity, discord, oppressors and oppressed. Such was the American social scenario in colonial times. Race diversity was one of the many characteristics of the period. Even though at first glance, Spaniards and American natives were the racial majorities, the ways of being Spanish were diverse and so were the indigenous cultures.
With the Spanish advance, new cities sprang up in the land and old ones were rebuilt, and all of them were filled with music. The European culture prevailed over the local ways, though everybody knew that this was only half true, and that in reality, underneath the official culture there was another, perhaps more real, but unacknowledged. And both coexisted, in perfect and orderly syncretism.
Musical activity was, almost always, led by the “capillas musicales” (musical chapels), which pertained to the Catholic liturgy. Nevertheless, a good portion of the minds of the performers were probably still considering the sun and mother earth their divine entities.
Capilla del Sol was created in 2004, under the artistic coordination of Jorge Cometti and Leila Makarius, and the musical direction of Ramiro Albino: We summoned a group of singers and instrumentalists specialized in pre-classic styles and interested in rebuilding the vast musical patrimony of the Spanish-American Baroque, based on solid musicological knowledge that explains and contextualizes the social and musical reality of the this period.
Córdoba: La Barroca del Suquía (Manfredo Kramer, dir.)
Formed in December 2001…it is one of the first baroque orchestras on period instruments in the country and the first in Córdoba.