Ensemble Lipzodes



Thursday November 9
Chicago Public Library, Cindy Pritzker Auditorium


Ensemble Lipzodes came together in 2004 in Bloomington, Indiana. Its members were students completing degrees in the Early Music Institute and the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Now, as graduates and seasoned performers the ensemble combines voice, shawms, dulcians, recorders, and percussion to bring to life the rarely performed music of 16th century Guatemala. In addition to this singular repertoire, the ensemble also explores new directions in early music utilizing voices and winds with innovative concerts and programming that meet the needs of a variety of events and audiences, such as concerts, music festivals, university settings and intimate venues.

Program & Synopsis

Sponsored by One Book, One Chicago


Una tonadilla nueva

Música del Manuscrito de Ibarra (1680-1730)

A oferecer zagalejos – Fray Manuel Blasco

A de la playa – anonymous

Miren que se derrama – anonymous

Del Buen Pastor que se esconde el pan – anonymous

Ese viril con pan  – anonymous

Oygan que da   – anonymous

A de la nave guarda – anonymous

Atencion a la fragua amorosa – anonymous

Vamos al lugar de amor – anonymous

Ay que se viene la vida – anonymous

Una tonadilla nueba – anonymous

Enamorado y rendido  – anonymous

A la Fuente de gracia – anonymous

Balgate  – anonymous

Celebren la tierra, celebren los cielos – anonymous


Paulina Francisco, soprano

Gregorio Taniguchi, tenor

Keith Collins, dulcian, harp and recorders

Anna Marsh, percussion, dulcian and recorders

Jon Wasserman, baroque guitar


This manuscript is one of the most important findings of colonial Ecuadorian and Latin American musical history. Although currently held in the city of Ibarra, scholars believed the original to be from the city of Quito, most likely in the convent of the Conceptas due to the reference of named nuns mentioned in the manuscript.

Ensemble Lipzodes came across the Ibarra manuscript several years ago and is considered to be one of the most important findings of colonial Ecuadorian and Latin American musical history. Since then, the ensemble has been transcribing the pieces and performing this music taking into consideration the performance practices of the time.