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The wealth of the European Baroque is inconceivable without the colonisation of South America. 500 years later, contemporary indigenous music, Quechua rap, electroacoustic music and early music of European tradition meet in the partially reconstructed baroque palace. The second concert project in the MUSICAL BELONGINGS series invites musicians from the Andean regions of Peru and Colombia to an extraordinary musical encounter with the lautten compagney BERLIN, the renowned chamber orchestra for early music and beyond.

The guests are rap singer Renata Flores from Peru with two musicians from the Quechua tradition: Anthony Córdova und Pedro Alca with flutes of the Andes (Quena, Sampoña und Quenachos). The composer Ana María Romano G. (Colombia) is developing a new composition especially for the project.


Trailer Musical Belongings I
Aufführung Musical Belongings I: lautten compagney BERLIN trifft indische Raga-Musik
© Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss / Foto: Frank Sperling

The starting point for the lautten compagney BERLIN’s joint research with the South American musicians is the hymn “Hanacpachap cussicuinin”, printed in 1631, which ends with the call “Huaciascaita!” – “heavens, listen to us!” This is the oldest record of a printed piece of music in Quechua. According to tradition, the piece was written by an indigenous student of the Franciscan friar Juan Pérez Bocanegra. As a hybrid, the piece can be interpreted in many ways. It testifies to Christian missionary zeal and the import of Spanish vocal polyphony to Peru, but at the same time the indigenous ritual and musical culture of the Quechua appropriates the European tradition and reinterprets the Catholic cult of the Virgin Mary into the Quechua’s vision of the cosmos.

At 6 p. m. there will be a musical introduction in the main foyer and afterwards the musicians from Colombia and Peru and the lautten compagney will be available for questions.

Renata Flores’ raps provide a contemporary response to the historical documents of the so-called “Jesuit Baroque”. In her electroacoustic commissioned composition, Ana María Romano G. will deal with the Humboldt Forum’s phonogram archive and interrogate the functions of a colonially motivated sound capturing of the world.



Renata Flores is considered the Quechua Rap Queen from Peru. She originates from a musical family, studied Quechua and is now one of the country‘s best-known voices as a political and musical ambassador for indigenous communities.

Renata Flores – YouTube


Ana María Romano G.works with electroacoustic music, live instruments and field recordings. As a researcher, she has done a lot of work with Jacqueline Nova, the great pioneer of Latin American music, who collaborated with indigenous women musicians as early as the 1970s in her composition “Creación de la tierra”.




Renata Flores – Quechua Rap
Anthony Córdova – Quena, Sampoña, Quenachos, Charango
Pedro Alca – Quena, Sampoña, Quenachos
Ana María Romano G. – Composition, Sound installation

June Telletxea – Soprano
Amélie Saadia – Mezzo soprano
Amin Kachabia – Tenor
Elías Arranz – Baritone

Wolfgang Katschner – Musical director
Christian Filips – Music dramaturge

lautten compagney BERLIN
Andreas Pfaff, Javier Aguilar Bruno — Violin
Martin Bolterauer — Zink
Martin Ripper — Recorder
Ulrike Paetz — Viola
Bo Wiget — Violoncello
Annette Rheinfurth — Contrabass
Till Krause — Trombone
Wolfgang Katschner, Hans-Werner Apel, Thor-Harald Johnsen — Lute
Daniel Trumbull — Harpsichord
Peter Bauer, Lucas Rauch — Percussion


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