Music was an essential part of life in ancient Andean cultures. People played music in their homes, for entertainment or as part of domestic rituals. Music was also at the center of political and religious activities such as processions, burials, feasts, festivals, and staged ceremonies involving large groups of people. Archaeological investigations suggest that Nasca musical instruments were important ritual objects used during group performances at the ceremonial center of Cahuachi. They were also likely played during processions along the great Nasca geoglyphs, which were suitable to be used as ritual pathways.
This musical production has been developed as part of the NASCA exhibition (MALI 2017, Museum Rietberg 2017-2018) and intends to awaken the senses and tune in with the pre-Hispanic legacy, thus transmitting a new insight into Nasca. This production has been recorded using original Nasca antaras or pan-flutes dating back to 200 B.C. – 650 D.C. Replica antaras also were recorded as diverse musical instruments used in pre-Hispanic times, such as quenas, quenillas, drums, rattles, whistling vessels among other instruments.
The Nasca exhibition will be travelling from Lima to Zurich, to the Museum Rietberg (24 November 2017 – 15 April 2018) and later travelling to the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn (May–Sep 2018). Sounds of Nasca album will be travelling with the exhibition.