Tuesday 1st November, 20h · Assumption Church · Tickets: 10 – 15 €

EVO & L’ALMODÍ

The Evo group is formed of experienced musicians in the early music and world music (L’Ham de Foc, Els Trovadors, Aman Aman, Capella de Ministrers, Eduardo Paniagua …). They show us this new project exclusively dedicated  to the medieval repertoire. Their  interpretation of the music is evocative of elements still alive  in both European and Oriental  musical traditions, which relate to our medieval hinterland. They exhibit a rich variety of resources through techniques of ornamentation, rhythm, improvisation or instruments creating a living aesthetic. The musical direction is provided by the multi-instrumentalist Efrén Lopez, who collaborates with different groups who play both early music and world music, throughout Europe, especially in Greece and Germany.

Two singers of Chamber Choir L’ALMODÍ will sing with Evo. This choir was founded in Valencia in 2002. Their singers usually collaborate with the Cor de la Generalitat Valenciana, and other choirs such as Liceu of Barcelona, Teatro Real of Madrid and the Orfeón Donostiarra, and also with groups of ancient musicians like Capella de Ministrers, Harmonia del Parnàs and Evo.

 

PROGRAMME NOTES

DOMINA, the female Univers in the Middle Ages

In this programme we try to get close to the complex vision which the Middle Ages had  of the Feminine through many and  very varied  perspectives: that of the Troubadors and the image they  created of the woman as the ideal of perfection and unarguable centre of Courtly Love. Alongside this there were eulogistical songs to the Virgin as well as liturgical music. A similar sound concept, the same vocabulary and, sometimes, a few similar melodies that all served to celebrate the spiritual love as well as the earthly one inform the music we shall listen to tonight.

In this program we will sense the profane monody of Cantigas de Santa María of the King Alfonso X of Castile (The Wise), Cantigas de amigo of Martín Codax, the polyphony of Codex Calixtinus, Hildegard von Bingen and Laudario di Cortona along with eulogistic songs of the Bulgarian orthodox church and songs to the wife of Occitan troubadours.

PROGRAMME

DOMINA, the female Univers in the Middle Ages

Santa Maria’s Cantigas of Alfonso X called the Wise (13th century)
Muitas vegadas, CSM No. 192
Non é gran cousa, CSM No. 26
Que por al non devess’ om’ a Santa Maria servir, CSM No. 295
Aquela que prendeu, CSM No. 304

Codex Calixtinus (12th century)
Congaudeant catholici

Cantigas de amigo (songs of a friend) of the Martin Codax (13th century)
Ondas do mar de Vigo

Hildegard von Bingen (12th century)
Alleluia
Quia ergo fémina

Occitan Troubadours (12th and 13th centuries)
Domna, por vos ay chausida (anonymous)/ Estampida royale (anonymous)
Be m’han perdut lai (Bernat de Ventadorn/Efrén López)
Tant m’abelis l’amoros pessamens (Folquet de Marselha/Efrén López)
Pour longue attente (anonymous contrafactum of B. de Ventadorn/E. López)

Liturgical chants of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church (9th to 11th centuries)
Dushe moya (anonymous)
Chestneyshuyu heruvim (anonymous)/Sandansko horo (Efrén López)

Laudario di Cortona (s. XIII)
Altissima luce (anonymous)
Laude novella (anonymous)

 

EVO & L’ALMODÍ

Efrén López Sanz, rabab, psaltery, gothic harp, hurdy-gurdy, citole, trompa marina and direction

Ivàn López Sanz, voice

Miriam Encinas Laffitte, recorders, vielle, bendir, riq, dilruba

Pau Marcos Vicens: vielle

Gloria Aleza, vielle

Diana Real, voice and harp

Ruth González i Queralt, soprano (L’Almodí Chamber Choir)

Amparo Maiques Fernández, soprano (L’Almodí Chamber Choir)