Peruvian Guitarist and Academic Presents Book on Sound Recordings

The event was organized by the Embassy of Peru in Berlin

June 16th, 2024
Alice Gnappa, News from Berlin
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As part of the cultural promotion of Peru abroad, the Embassy of Peru in Germany organized, on June 14, in the María Reiche room of the national diplomatic headquarters, the presentation of the book “Don Enrique und die Musik der Moche” (Don Enrique and the music of the Moche), by the Peruvian guitarist, writer and academic Virginia Yep.

The work disseminates, in an entertaining and precise way, relevant information about the life of the German ethnographer and linguist engineer Enrique Brüning in Peru and his work recording musical pieces from the Lambayecan coast at the end of the 19th century, including their scores.

The presentation was attended by José Carlos Mayorga, founder of ARTivisten e. V., sponsor of the publication, as well as the Peruvian and German public interested in the work of the German traveler, who dedicated part of his life to the study of the cultures of ancient Peru.

At the event, images of the work were projected and, simultaneously, pieces recorded by Brüning were heard. Then, there was a dialogue between the author and Mr. Mayorga focused on making known the origin of the project, the process of compiling the information and the design of the edition. The event concluded with a question-and-answer session and book signing.

The initiative of Dr. Virginia Yep had the support of ARTivisten e.V., the Municipality of the Berlin district of Treptow-Köpenick and the Embassy of Peru in Germany. It should be noted that Virginia Yep has a degree in Communication from the University of Lima and a doctorate in Comparative Musicology from the Free University of Berlin. She studied guitar at the National Conservatory of Music in Lima and obtained an honorary prize in guitar from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid. She is the author of the book “Without a band there is no party. Música del Bajo Piura”, published in 2017 by the Editorial Fund of the University of Lima.


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