Contact Person: Cristina Altemir Montaner
By Phone/Cell: +34651856739
Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/DichosDiabolos
Music in the Spanish manner
Dichos Diabolos owes its name to the “Baile de los dichos diabolos”, one of the Canzone, Sinfonie, Fantasie, Capricci… (1650) by Andrea Falconiero (Naples 1585/6 – 1656).
Dichos Diabolos is an ensemble with a fascination for reinventing and recovering known and forgotten Hispanic repertoire. It aims to inspire curiosity by experimenting with the possibilities of sound both in its historical and aesthetical condition.
Its shows display a high-quality, experimental and very personal approach, and they are characterized by a certain inclination towards unusual and extravagant thematics.
In 2016, Dichos Diabolos won the 1st prize at the Concours International de Cuivres Anciens in Toulouse.
In 2018 they were selected to participate in the IYAP (International Young Artists Presentation) in Antwerp and the Fringe edition of the Early Music Festivals in Bruges and Utrecht.
En 2019 they were chosen as beneficiaries of the EEEMERGING project (Emerging European Ensembles), which supports young ensembles within the framework of the Creative Europe program and with which they have carried out artistic residencies in Pavia (Italy), Torroella de Montgrí (Spain) and Göttingen (Germany).
Currently they organize, together with the Conservatori Professional de Música de Badalona, the Early Music Course of Badalona (pedagogical coordination; Josep Borràs). Also, as an ensemble in residence at ESMUC (Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya), they regularly carry out pedagogical activities for the students of this center.
Contact Person: Jota Martínez
By Phone/Cell: 649380611
Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtUPQK1Ol7of4EdXlekEZBg/videos
Jota Martínez, creates the Ensemble Alfonsí to offer an authentic and unprecedented “Alfhonsí experience”. Music from the Alphonsian manuscripts, performed with replicas of the instruments that were trapped in the miniatures and illuminations of the same manuscripts where we find music and poetry.
Contact Person: Adrián Linares
By Phone/Cell: 639.367.327
Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCl7r1YecuxWYtOH-S_2tcvA
El Afecto Ilustrado was born in 2012, intended as a groundbreaking and versatile chamber music ensemble whose philosophy is introduce audiences and bring them closer to historically informed performances of the repertoire from the 17th to the 19th centuries in a tangible and intimate way.
El Afecto Ilustrado uses relatively unexplored concert formats and is formed by professional musicians who stand out in the national and international music scene. The group members, who regularly play in the top ensembles in the country, are involved in teaching or have successful solo careers, represent a compendium of ideas and views that turn the group’s projects into unique and inspiring experiences for the audience.
The aim of El Afecto Ilustrado consequently goes through introducing and broadcasting programmes of highly interpretative quality, historic accuracy and respect for the original sources, as a result of a detailed process of musical and historical research study.
While the European music of the 17th to the 19th centuries has an important place in the ensemble’s programming, the Spanish and Hispanic musical heritage of the same period remains one the fundamental pillars of the ensemble.
The recovery and promotion of this repertoire is paramount for El Afecto Ilustrado, as well as highlighting historical, cultural or social issues or facts which deserve special recognition by part of society, both locally in the Canaries and also in mainland Spain, Europe and Latin America.
El Afecto Ilustrado has taken part, among others, in concert cycles organized by the Biblioteca Nacional de España (BNE), Música Antigua de la Catedral de Valencia, Cidade da Cultura de Galicia-CDC, Sociedad Filarmónica de Vigo, Festival de música de cámara Bal y Gay de Lugo, Sociedad Filarmónica de Pontevedra, Música Sacra de S/C de Tenerife, Música de cámara de Villa de la Orotava, Universidad de Verano de la ULL, Música Antigua de la Casa de Colón in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Museo de Bellas Artes de S/C de Tenerife, Museo de Bellas Artes de A Coruña, Música Religiosa de Canarias and Real Academia Canaria de Bellas Artes (RACBA).
Contact Person: Francisco López
By Phone/Cell: 658697470
Youtube Channel: www.youtube.com/channel/UCOYcT3Y-G9_C3hwH8qNQ1CQ
L’Ampastratta was born in 2015 as a result of their members’ interest in the interpretation of the Early Music, being a very heterogeneous group of young musicians, both for their concerns and their specialties.
The members of L’Ampastratta have come to a continuous work, both in the search and in the improvement of the instrumental and vocal music of the Spanish and Italian Baroque.
This group consists of six young performers, all of them professional musicians in their respective specialties: voice, recorder, baroque violin, baroque viola, baroque cello, plucked instruments of the Renaissance and the Baroque, harpsichord and historical percussion.
As a whole, they have received training from Luis Antonio González Marín, Manfredo Kraemer and Erik Bosgraaf, in Valencia, Murcia and Amsterdam respectively.
They have performed in places such as the National Archaeological Museum (MAN) of Madrid and the Greco Museum of Toledo (in the MusaE Project of 2017 and 2019 respectively). In 2018 they were selected as an Emerging Group in the Renaissance Festival, organized by Capella de Ministrers Cultural Foundation. That year, they participated as a Resident Group in the International Early Music Festival of Sierra Espuña (ECOS Festival).
At the present time, they are immersed in the recording of their first album.
Amparo Camps Contreras: baroque violin and baroque viola
Gabriel Belkheiri García del Pozo: recorder and voice
Francisco López López: theorbo, baroque guitar, vihuela and lute
Javier Caballero Ros: harpsichord
Paula Molina González: baroque violoncello
Christian Berejano Marín: historical percussion
Contact Person: Ángela García Villanueva
By phone/Cell: 961 780 015 / 616 015 301
Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/capelladeministrers
Ever since its foundation, Capella de Ministrers ensemble, directed by Carles Magraner, has developed an important investigative and musicological task in favour of the musical Spanish patrimony. As a result of their study and recovery of early music, the ensemble has produced more than 55 records for EGT, Blau, Audivis and CDM, the latter being Capella de Ministrers’ own label. The group has been awarded numerous prizes from the specialised press,including the 2018 International Classical Music Awards, for best Early Music recording (ICMA)
Contact Person: Francina Medina
By Phone/Cell: 935 944 760
Following the model of the famous Medieval “royal chapels” for which the great masterpieces of both religious and secular music were composed on the Iberian Peninsula, in 1987 Montserrat Figueras and Jordi Savall founded La Capella Reial, one of the first vocal groups devoted to the performance of Golden Age music on historical principles and consisting exclusively of Hispanic and Latin voices. In 1990, when the ensemble received the regular patronage of the Generalitat of Catalonia, it changed its name to La Capella Reial de Catalunya.
The newly-formed ensemble specialized in the recovery and performance on historical principles of the polyphonic and vocal musice of Spain and Europe from the Middle Ages and Golden Age up to the 19th century. La Capella Reial de Catalunya shares with Hespèrion XXI the same artistic outlook and goals, rooted in respect for the profoundly spiritual and artistic dimension of each work, combining quality and authenticity regarding the style of the period with a careful attention to the declamation and expressive projection of the poetic text.
The ensemble’s extensive repertory ranges from the Medieval music of the various cultures of the Mediterranean to the great masters of the Renaissance and the Baroque. The group has distinguished itself in various Baroque and Classical opera repertories, as well as in contemporary works by Arvo Pärt. The Capella Reial de Catalunya played on de Jacques Rivette’s soundtrack of the film Jeanne La Pucelle (1993) on the life of Joan of Arc.
In 1992, La Capella Reial de Catalunya made their opera debut accompanying all the performances of Le Concert des Nations. They have received various awards and distinctions in recognition of their more than 40 CDs. Under the direction of Jordi Savall, La Capella Reial de Catalunyapursue an intense programme of concerts and recordings all over the world, and since the ensemble’s creation it has regularly performed at the major international early music festivals.
Contact Person: Francina Medina
By Phone/Cell: 935 944 760
Ancient music’s most important value stems from its ability as a universal artistic language to transmit feelings, emotions and ancestral ideas that even today can enthral the contemporary listener. With a repertoire that encompasses the period between the 10th and 18th centuries, Hespèrion XXI searches continuously for new points of union between the East and West, with a clear desire for integration and for the recovery of international musical heritage, especially that of the Mediterranean basin and with links to the New World.
In 1974 Jordi Savall and Montserrat Figueras, together with Lorenzo Alpert and Hopkinson Smith, founded the ancient music ensemble Hespèrion XX in Basel as a way of recovering and disseminating the rich and fascinating musical repertoire prior to the 19th century on the basis of historical criteria and the use of original instruments. The name Hespèrion means “an inhabitant of Hesperia”, which in ancient Greek referred to the two most westerly peninsulas in Europe: the Iberian and the Italian. It was also the name given to the planet Venus as it appeared in the west. At the turn of the 21st century Hespèrion XX became known as Hespèrion XXI.
Today Hespèrion XXI is central to the understanding of the music of the period between the Middle Ages and the Baroque. Their labours to recover works, scores, instruments and unpublished documents have a double and incalculable value. On one hand, their rigorous research provides new information and understanding about the historical knowledge of the period, and on the other hand, the exquisite performances enable people to freely enjoy the aesthetic and spiritual delicacy of the works of this period.
Right from the beginning Hespèrion XXI set out on a clearly innovative and artistic course that would lead to the establishment of a school in the field of ancient music because they conceived, and continue to conceive, ancient music as an experimental musical tool and with it they seek the maximum beauty and expressiveness in their performances. Any musician in the field of ancient music will have a commitment to the original spirit of each work and has to learn to connect with it by studying the composer, the instruments of the period, the work itself and the circumstances surrounding it. But as a craftsman in the art of music, he is also obliged to make decisions about the piece being played: a musician’s capacity to connect the past with the present and to connect culture with its dissemination depend on his skill, creativity and capacity to transmit emotions.
Hespèrion XXI’s repertoire includes, amongst others, the music of the Sephardi Jews, Castilian romances, pieces from the Spanish Golden Age, and Europa de les Nacions. Some of their most celebrated concert programmes are Les Cantigues de Santa Maria d’Alfons X El Savi, La Diàspora Sefardí, the music of Jerusalem, Istanbul, Armenia and the Folías Criollas. Thanks to the outstanding work of numerous musicians and collaborators who have worked with the ensemble over all these years Hespèrion XXI still plays a key role in the recovery and reappraisal of the musical heritage, and one that has great resonance throughout the world. The group has published more than 60 CDs and performs concerts for the whole world, appearing regularly at the great international festivals of ancient music.
Contact Person: Patricia González
By Phone/Cell: +34 687 134 940
YouTube: Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla OBS
The Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla stands unquestionably among the top level of Spanish ensembles dedicated to the interpretación of early music with historicist criterion. It was founded in 1995 by Barry Sargent and Ventura Rico, and Pedro Gandía Martín has served as its artistic director since 2001.
International figures that have led the orchestra, some of which are of mythical standing, include Gustav Leonhardt, Christophe Coin, Sigiswald Kuijken, Jordi Savall, Christophe Rousset, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Monica Huggett, Harry Christophers, Andreas Spering, Alfredo Bernardini, Diego Fasolis, Juanjo Mena, Eduardo López Banzo, Pablo Valetti, Fabio Bonizzoni, Enrico Onofri, Andoni Mercero, Maxim Emelyanychev, Hiro Kurosaki, Dmitry Sinkovsky, Riccardo Minasi and Ivor Bolton. In addition to its intense activity in Seville, with its regular season, and the rest of Andalusia, the orchestra performs at major Spanish (Auditorio Nacional, Teatro Real, Teatro Arriaga, Teatro de la Maestranza…) and European venues (Thüringer Bachwochen and Brühler Haydn Festival in Germany; Festival ‘Musiques des Lumières’ in Sorèze, Salle Gaveau in Paris and Festival Baroque de Pontoise, in France; and others in Italy, Switzerland…).
Having recorded for labels such as Harmonia Mundi, Lindoro and Almaviva, the Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla has created its own label: OBS-Prometeo, and has received distinctions such as ‘Editor ́s Choice’ from Gramophone magazine, ‘exceptional’ from Scherzo and Ritmo Parade reviews, ‘recommended’ from Cd Compact and AudioClásica magazines, ‘5 starts’ from Goldberg magazine and ‘Melómano GOLD’ from Melómano magazine. Recent releases by the label include La música en la catedral de Sevilla, conducted by Enrico Onofri, and Adonde infiel dragón, with Vanni Moretto. In recent years the OBS has released with the label Passacaille a CD/DVD with the first complete recording of the C. P. E. Bach’s Cello concertos, with Christophe Coin, and Trauermusik. Haydn in Sevilla, devoted to the recovery of Andalusian musical heritage and conducted by Enrico Onofri.
In 2011, the orchestra won the National Music Award from the Spanish Ministry of Culture. It also won the 2010 Manuel de Falla award from the Regional Government of Andalusia, the 2011 FestClásica award, and an Honorary Distinction from the Seville City Council. The OBS enjoys the support and collaboration of the Spanish Ministry of Culture, Seville City Council and University of Seville.