The Curious Bards (FR)
Upbeat: 7 pm (Celje, Old Count's Mansion) / Festibus: departure at 17:45 (Hala Tivoli)
Ticket price: 8-25 EUR
Festibus: Departure at 17:45 (Hala Tivoli)
The Curious Bards (FR):
Bruno Harlé (traverso)
Alix Boivert (violin)
Sarah Van Oudenhove (viol)
Louis Capeille (harp)
Jean-Christophe Morel (cittern)
About the project:
The primary objective of The Curious Bards is to shed new light on a forgotten repertoire: Irish and Scottish music of the Baroque era. For this reason, the ensemble’s artistic director Alix Boivert started a musicological and historical research project, having been in Dublin for eight months and then continuing it after his return to France.
The wealth and diversity of the musical material he discovered during that research convinced him of the fact that musicians practising both traditional and art music, such as themselves, need to meet the challenge and try to offer a contemporary interpretation of these different musical styles. Even more so as this music represents a very important part of cultural heritage which was conserved with difficulty by the invaders of this time: England.
The ensemble’s mission thus involves investigating and experimenting with different indications present in numerous publications (ornaments, articulations, rhythm etc). Up to now, these indications brought them very close to the contemporary interpretation of traditional music.
About the artists:
Since 2015, The Curious Bards has united five musicians that love Gaelic and Celtic traditional music. These five musicians have had an early music education and have studied in prestigious institutions in Lyon, Paris and Basel. The traditional Irish and Scottish practice have integrated into their musical paths since many years.
The ensemble claims to offer an innovative and creative insight into this repertoire that has been guided by extensive research. They are “bards” of modern times, eager to discover and expand their knowledge, always being insistent on their practice.
The Curious Bards were chosen as a Young Ensemble in Residency in la Cité de la Voix in Vézelay in 2015. They have also benefited, since 2016, from the project EEEmerging carried out by the Ambronay Festival, which supports young early music ensembles under the Creative Europe programme.
The Curious Bards (FR)
Early music and traditional music ... Two independent musical worlds that have yet much to say. Early music, but not obsolete. Traditional music, with a modern interpretation.
The lads of Elgin
The Highlandman kissed his mother
Turlough O'carolan (1670-1738):
The lads of Dunse
King of the blind
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Sr. Ulick Burk
The soup of good drink
The high road to Dublin
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Lady Herriot Hopes
Sir Adam Ferguson's reel
Celje, National Hall
The neo-renaissance building of the Narodni dom (literally the Nation's Home) lines a part of the Trg celjskih knezov (The Counts of Celje Square). It was designed by the Czech architect Vladimir Hrasky and built in 1895 and 1896. During the Austrian reign, the Narodni Hall of Celje was the cultural and social hub for the Slovenian-speaking citizens. Today, the building houses the offices of the municipal authorities.
The price of the Festibus (a coach provided for all concerts outside of Ljubljana) is 10 EUR regardless of the event location.