The Swedish Ensemble Villancico will open this year’s festival with a South American baroque programme, Sunday June 29 at 8pm.
Ensemble Villancico was formed in 1995, with the renaissance music collection ”Cancionero de Upsala 1556” as its principal repertoire. This collection formed the basis of the ensemble’s mission in its first few years: performing and spreading early music with links to the Nordic region.
From the year 2000 the ensemble’s focus turned to Latin American baroque, a genre still growing as more and more manuscripts are being rediscovered in the archives of churches and monasteries in Central America and the northwest region of South America. The combination of early world music full of Latin temperament and a musical clarity based on the Nordic traditions of its members, has earned the ensemble global reputation.
The ensemble has made more than 250 performances in 25 countries, made six CD recordings, and their performances have appeared on television and radio across the world. Among the many music festival appearances in Europe and Latin America, the opening concert at the genre-leading festival Misiones de Chiquitos in Bolivia is noteworthy.