Wednesday, February 8
JORDI SAVALL and Hespèrion XXI, Musica Nova: 1500-1700
One of early music’s living legends, Jordi Savall and his ensemble Hespèrion XXI will open Casa de España en Minnesota’s International Spanish Music Festival. Venetian instrumental music—some based on older dance tunes and popular songs—from the 16th and 17th centuries. Composers of these works—including Andrea Gabrieli, Giovanni Gabrieli, Marini, and Merula, among others—heralded a new era of instrumental brilliance where melodic beauty was married to daring explorations of harmony, rhythm, and form. The influence of this inventive music from Venice—in which instrumental voices often intertwine, imitate, and soar—spread outward across Europe to France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, and England.
For more than fifty years, Jordi Savall has rescued musical gems from the obscurity of neglect and oblivion and given them back for all to enjoy. A tireless researcher into early music, he interprets and performs the repertory both as a gambist and a conductor. His activities as a concert performer, teacher, researcher and creator of new musical and cultural projects have made him a leading figure in the reappraisal of historical music and recipient of many awards and honors. Together with Montserrat Figueras, he founded the ensembles Hespèrion XXI (1974), La Capella Reial de Catalunya (1987) and Le Concert des Nations (1989), with whom he explores and creates a world of emotion and beauty shared with millions of early music enthusiasts around the world. He is European Union Ambassador for intercultural dialogue, and received a Grammy for Small Ensemble Performance, among many others.
Casa de España en Minnesota
Casa de España en Minnesota is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to organize, maintain, manage and operate as an association that supports and promotes social, recreational and cultural relations between the Spanish community and the U.S.
This performance is made possible in part by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council