Special Event Day – Concert 1

Hespèrion XXI | La Capella Reial de Catalunya | Jordi Savall | soloists

“Slave Routes”

Sun, 27.08. | 11.00 | No. 17332

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Summer Festival

11.08.-10.09. 2017




    Special Event Day – Concert 1

    Hespèrion XXI | La Capella Reial de Catalunya | Jordi Savall | soloists

    Jordi Savall  director and gamba
    Kassé Mady Diabaté  vocals
    Ballaké Sissoko  kora
    Rajery  valiha
    Driss el Maloumi  oud
    Maria Juliana Linhares  soprano
    Adriana Fernández  soprano
    Zé Luis Nascimento  percussion

    “Slave Routes”
    Portugal, Spain, and Latin America 1444 to 1888

    With support from the Departament de Cultura de Generalitat de Catalunya, the Diputació de Barcelona, and the Institute Ramon Llull

    Under the auspices of UNESCO

    For Jordi Savall, the great musician and humanist, it is “one of the most painful chapters in the history of humanity”: up until the end of the 19th century, countless millions of Africans were abducted and enslaved. All they were allowed to take with them was their religion and their culture. And so the music and dance of their homeland became an outlet for grief, lamentation, and misery – but also for hope. Together with musicians and dancers from Africa and South America, Savall and his ensembles will retrace these slave routes. Traditional songs from Mali, Morocco, and Madagascar will be interspersed with Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American music that the slaves encountered in the New World. “We hope to pay tribute to the victims,” says Jordi Savall, recalling that the economic pre-eminence of Europe and America was underpinned by the tragedy of slavery: “Perhaps the powers of the present age should reflect on their responsibility and come up with more humane solutions for so-called illegal immigration to southern Europe.” 

    Hespèrion XXI

    In 1974 Jordi Savall and Montserrat Figueras joined with Lorenzo Alpert and Hopkinson Smith to found the ensemble Hespèrion XX, which since the year 2000 has been known as Hespèrion XXI. In ancient Greek, the word “Hesperien” referred to the two most westerly peninsulas in Europe: the Iberian and the Italian; it was also used for the planet Venus. The ensemble’s goal is to represent the development of music between the Middle Ages and the Baroque, especially with regard to the cultures of the Mediterranean and the era surrounding the reconquista. The performances are preceded by an extensive period of research that has made many previously unpublished scores again accessible and that explores specific instruments and the performance practice of the time in question. More than 60 CDs document the ensemble’s artistic work, which is performed around the world in concerts and at all the major early-music festivals.

    July 2017

    La Capella Reial de Catalunya

    The vocal ensemble La Capella Reial de Catalunya was founded in 1987 by Montserrat Figueras and Jordi Savall with the goal of exploring and performing Spanish vocal polyphony before 1800. Their model was the royal vocal ensembles known in medieval times as the “Capelles Reials” or “Chapels Royal,” for whom the great sacred and secular works of the Iberian peninsula were composed. The repertoire of the Capella Reial de Catalunya ranges from the cantigas of Alfons el Sabio and the Llibre Vermell de Montserrat to Mozart’s Requiem; it especially includes composers of the Renaissance and of the Catalan, Spanish, and European Baroque, from Mateu Flecha, Cristóbal de Morales, and Francisco Guerrero to Claudio Monteverdi and Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber. Their work also embraces Sephardic songs, the romances from Don Quixote by Cervantes, and Spanish music of the 15th century and even includes an excursion into contemporary music with works by Arvo Pärt. Since its founding, the ensemble has performed under the direction of Jordi Savall in concerts around the world, appearing at the most important early music festivals. They are also active in opera performances: for example, the Capella Reial de Catalunya has taken part in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, the Teatro Real Madrid, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Opéra de Bordeaux, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, and the Edinburgh Festival. The ensemble has moreover participated in the sound-track for Jacques Rivette’s Jeanne La Pucelle, a history film about the life of Jeanne d’Arc. To date the singers have released some 40 CDs, many of which have garnered awards. La Capella Reial de Catalunya has been sponsored by the Generalitat de Catalunya since 1990 and is supported by the Institute Ramon Llull.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut as part of the 1995 Easter Festival, when the chorus performed in two concerts conducted by Jordi Savall.

    Februar 2016


    Tembembe Ensamble Continuo

    The Tembembe Ensamble Continuo was founded in 1995 by Enrique Barona, Eloy Cruz, and Leopoldo Novoa to explore the connections between music of the Spanish Baroque and the traditional music of Mexico and Latin America. It originated from a research project at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. In its concerts, the Ensemble combines instrumental music, dance, and singing and has performed throughout Mexico and in the United States, Europe, and Southeast Asia. It has also been invited to numerous festivals, including those in Feldkirch, Austria; Gijón, Spain; Bogotá, Colombia; and the Hi! Seoul Festival in South Korea. Among the Ensemble’s artistic partners are the singer Ada Coronel, the dancer Donají Esparza, the violinist Ulises Martínez, the gambist Hille Perl, the guitarist Steve Player, and the lutenist Lee Santana. It also enjoys a close collaboration with Jordi Savall and Hespèrion XXI.

    July 2017

    Jordi Savall

    Conductor, gambist, and music researcher Jordi Savall is appearing at the 2016 Easter Festival as artist-in-residence in three events: a world music-inspired “Dialogue of Souls,” a solo recital, and a concert of Baroque choral music. Born in 1941 in Igualada (Catalonia), he initially studied cello in Barcelona before training on the viola da gamba with August Wenzinger at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Together with his late wife, Montserrat Figueras, who died in 2011, he founded the Ensemble Hespèrion XX (today known as Hespèrion XXI) in 1974, which is above all devoted to the early music of Spain and the Mediterranean. He founded the vocal ensemble La Capella Reial de Catalunya in 1987 and, in 1989, its orchestral counterpart, Le Concert des Nations. Jordi Savall is responsible for numerous rediscoveries, from Sephardic romances to operas by Vicente Martín y Soler – unjustly neglected musical treasures that he has presented anew to an audience of millions. Some 140 performances each year take him around the globe. Savall is also known to a still wider public through the film Tous les matins du monde, about the life of the gambist Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe; for the soundtrack he won the César Award. To date Jordi Savall has released more than 230 recordings; these have garnered such awards as the Grammy Award, the Cannes Classical Award, and the International Classical Music Award; since 1998 his CDs have appeared on his own label, Alia Vox, mostly accompanied by lavishly illustrated small books. Jordi Savall has earned numerous honorary doctorates, is a European Union Ambassador for intercultural dialogue, and has been named a UNESCO “Artist for Peace.” He won the Handel Music Prize from the city of Halle in 2009, the International Peace Music Award in 2010, and the Léonie Sonning Music Prize in 2012.

    Debut bei LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) am 2. September 1992 mit dem Ensemble Hespèrion XX und spanischer Musik des 15. und 16. Jahrhunderts.

    February 2016

    Denise M’Baye

    Denise M’Baye was born to a German mother and a Senegalese father in Wendland in Germany. Following her school diploma, she quickly made her name as an actress and has been engaged for such TV series as Um Himmels Willen, Rote Rosen, and Notruf Hafenkante, as well as such TV films as Das Wasser des Lebens; she has also worked in film productions (for example, Vineta) and regularly performs live theater. Credits include at Schauspiel Hannover (Sanft und grausam, Disco Pigs) and Klecks Theater. As a narrator she has worked on such projects as the audiobook version of The Diaries of Adam and Eve based on Mark Twain. Along with her work as an actress, Denise M’Baye is also a dancer and singer. She has collaborated closely with the Elektro-Projekt Mo’Horizont and has released two solo albums (Denise M’Baye and Zwei). Currently she is working with the musician and producer Christian Decker on her third recording.

    July 2017

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