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Felipe Ledesma-Núñez

“Sound, Singing, and Dancing in the Rural Colonial Andes, 1560–1700: Demons, Sorceries, Idolatries”

Felipe Ledesma-Núñez

Harvard University, Pre-Columbian Studies Tyler Fellow

In his dissertation, Ledesma-Núñez studies the musical rituals of Andean Christianity and “Pre-Columbian” religions in the rural colonial Andes (1560–1700) through documents that served for the persecution and demonization of indigenous practices. He addresses the archival silencing of Andean musical cultures by attending to sounds and musics constrained between the lines of sources generally considered to be silent. Ledesma-Núñez focuses on the deployment and construction of diabolic categorizations, reflecting on how these served to draw the sonorous boundaries of colonial acceptability, legality, and reality, and how these colonial categorizations have transfused into modernity.

Felipe Ledesma-Núñez is a PhD candidate in historical musicology at Harvard University. Before Harvard, he attended Universidad de Cuenca (Ecuador), Northwestern State University of Louisiana, and SUNY Stony Brook. A classically trained pianist, Ledesma-Núñez is the founding member and codirector of two concert series: GLAM at Harvard and FIMAC at Cuenca (Ecuador). His research has been supported by fellowships and awards from the Society for American Music, the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, SENESCYT, and others.