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Medieval Studies

Micrologus Concert

The Division of Musicology and Ethnomusicology at the Butler School of Music, in collaboration with the Harry Ransom Center and the Programs of Medieval Studies, Religious Studies, and Italian Studies, is hosting the residency of the ensemble Micrologus during the Fall semester of 2008.

Mon, October 20, 2008 | Jessen auditorium

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

During their residency, the ensemble will offer a concert, a concert-recital and meet with interested students to work on issues of performance practice, research methods on medieval music, and career perspectives in the field of early music. In connection with the upcoming exhibition of the Harry Ransom Center, The Mystique of the Archive, performances and instructional activities will incorporate materials from the Center’s collections transcribed by Professor Luisa Nardini and her students. The ensemble Micrologus is one of the most distinguished groups of medieval music with an impressive repertory that spans from sacred and secular monophonic music to early Renaissance repertory. Their performances are based on a scholarly approach to manuscript sources, organology, iconography, and an awareness of methods and results achieved in the field of ethnographic research on the musical traditions of the area of the Mediterranean. They have released 22 CDs, some of which received international awards (two “Diapason d’Or de l’Année” awards for Landini e la musica fiorentina,1996, and for Alla napolitana, 1999; “The Best of 2000 Award” of Goldberg for Cantico della Terra). The Ensemble has also collaborated in movies and theatre productions, such as the soundtrack of Academy award winning Mediterraneo, by Gabriele Salvatores, as well as in dance performances (International Tour 2007-2008 with Myth, a contemporary theatre-dance show by the choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and the Belgian Toneelhuis Company). Several performances of the Ensemble Micrologus have been recorded for national radio and TV broadcasting stations: RAI 1, RAI 2, Radio 3 (Italy), Radio France Culture, Radio France – Musique, ORF Vienna, Radio Clara (Belgium), Slovenian Television, Radio Suisse (Switzerland) and Asahi Television (Osaka, Japan).

Sponsored by: The Division of Musicology and Ethnomusicology at the Butler School of Music

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