Near the end of our stay in Cusco, we were treated to a demonstration of traditional Andean and Peruvian music by musicologist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and vocalist Gustavo Leon along with his group Expresion. The billing on the syllabus stated “lecture” but the event instead turned out to be a “performance”; one we will long remember. Join us for an excursion into “Musica Andina”.
The place name Peru is derived from Birú, the name of a local ruler who lived near the Bay of San Miguel, Panama, in the early 16th century. When his territories were visited by conquistadores in 1522, the area was the southernmost part of the New World yet known to Europeans. Thus, when Francisco Pizarro explored the regions farther south, his men referred to the region as ” Biru’ ” however, over time through vernacular usage the place name became “Peru”.
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