Multi-performers and researchers of early music Emilio Villalba and Sara Marina are musicians specialised in the recovery and dissemination of the historical music from the 8th to 16th centuries. They have been working more than eight years in a wide concert career for Spain, Portugal and France, with shows where they combine music, theatre and narrative. Throughout this track record they have reshaped with the help of luthiers more than 40 historical instruments, their shows becoming an authentic sonorous museum on stage: vielle, vihuelas, saltery, hurdy gurdy, clavisimbalum, organetto, etc.
They have participated in festivals like Pórtico do Paraíso, FeMÀS, Maremusicum, Festival Sefardí, Noites d’Encanto, IKFEM, Les Heures Musicales, Festival Caprichos Musicales, Festival Tres Culturas, Noches en los Jardines del Real Alcázar, etc., obtaining a great success from public and critics alike.
In 2017 they created the Fundación Instrumentos Musicales con Historia, whose purposes are the research, revival, maximising and dissemination of early music by means of the reshaping and use of historical music instruments. With the instruments integrating the wealth of their foundation, the duo performs educational workshops, conferences and occasional exhibitions.
With a careful staging and a hard reshaping work and musical arrangements, their concerts contain a selection of pieces which ranges from the music of Al Ándalus and song books of the Sephardic tradition, until the music of medieval codices, arriving to the Spanish Renaissance.
Sara Marina and Emilio Villalba are also concerned about the children’s public. For this reason, they have created several education projects for the youngest, like Amadís y el tesoro de la Música, Juglaresa y Cuentos y Cuentistas del Conde Lucanor.
Their exhibition Instrumentos Musicales con Historia (Musical instruments with history), of itinerant nature, shows the public a great variety of historic instrument, as well as pictorial and written sources that served for their reshaping, performing during the show demonstration of each instrument in mini recitals.
Emilio Villalba and Sara Marina are multidisciplinary artists; in their musical productions they invent, design and execute all the process: photography, illustrations, graphic design and musical undertaking; as well as the direction and edition of audio-visual contents: video clips and documentaries.
They have four discographic works published: El Doncel del Mar, melodías medievales desde Estambul a Costa da Morte” (2014), an original educational work, Música para Princesas, Dragones y Caballeros, música medieval para niños (2015), selected by RNE clásica and presented live in the 50th Anniversary of Radio Clásica, Al Ándalus, música y poesía andalusí (2017), and their last work Sephardica (2019).
Emilio Villalba, as illustrator and designer, participates in numerous festivals of early music completing the design of posters and dissemination of publicity.
Youtube channel: www.youtube.com/channel/UC5i2qJffEjieDZyGFzDzeFg
Repertoire: XVII, XVIII
The Ensemble Alletamento is a project of violinist Mario Braña and cellist Elsa Pidre which was born out of the union of a long musical experience together and their interest in Early Music. After completing the studies with A. Beyer, B. Chénier and M. Ceccato (Porto) and E. Onofri (Palermo) they were awarded the Special Audience Award in the 5th International Early Music Competition, Gijón and the Grand Jury Prize at the 6th edition. Taking this work as a starting point, they develop other projects which mainly cover the XVII and XVIII centuries and by means of which they intend to recover the less known musical heritage of the Iberian Peninsula. The Ensemble takes its name from the Alletamenti da Camera by Tessarini, one of the first works composed for violin and cello.
Repertorio: siglos XVII y XVIII
We like music and stage. We like people getting surprised by our performances and going back home with a smile. We look for originality and innovation, and with our proposal no one will be left indifferent. Lights, choreography, costumes and staging are outstanding. We don’t play just music. We don’t do just theatre. We do Windu!
Contact Person: Vicente Alcaide Roldán
By phone/cell: +34 609 256 944 / +34 953 411 021
Website & Social Media: www.trompetanaturalyorgano.com / Facebook / Youtube Channel / Promo video
Vicente Alcaide and Abraham Martínez, trumpet and organ.
An interest for historical instruments and research on ancient music has brought these two musicians to create this ensemble. Their first album has been recorded in 2016 under the title “Clarines de Batalla” on IBS classical record company, with percussionist Álvaro Garrido and produced by the Italian master Igino Conforzi.
Contact Person: Rocío de Frutos Domínguez
By phone/cell: +34 627 711 982
Vandalia relates to the group’s Andalusian origins and also to its fresh approach to vocal chamber music, paying special attention to the Spanish repertoire. Its members are united by a common training within the Andalusian Baroque Choir under the direction of Lluís Vilamajó, Lambert Climent and Carlos Mena.
The activities of Regina Iberica (1998, Laura Casanova) belong to a long work within Spanish Baroque music and singing. In 2015 should be highlighted the recording of “Los 12 músicos de Iriarte”. Also “Es el amor, ay, ay” and “Handel antes de ‘El Mesías’”. Their future projects include a tour around Macedonia, Slovenia and Croatia.
Contact Person: Lina Tur Bonet
By phone/cell: +34 635 12 64 55
Website: www.linaturbonet.com / Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Musica-Alchemica/264592727019169
The expressive power of Musica Alchemica, as well as their quality and accuracy on their interpretations of renowned works have been internationally praised. Repertoire includes works written by Bach, Handel, Biber, Corelli, Jacquet de la Guerre, Boccherini, Spanish music, Venetian Seicento and never-played from Legrenzi and Vivaldi.