Festival upbeat

When: Saturday, 20. 8. 2022 at 19:00 Fully booked

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Messa di voce (SI)

Urška Cvetko: recorder
Mojca Jerman: violin
Izidor Erazem Grafenauer: baroque guitar, theorbo

Guest of the evening
Johanna Lopez Valencia (CO): viol

Artists’ message to visitors

In the research of the Early Baroque, at the crossroads of the Baroque and the Renaissance, with its liveliness, mischievousness, as well as drama and pathos, a genre emerges whose importance is often overlooked today. Fantastic style or "Stylus fantasticus" lays the foundations for later musical creation with the birth of instrumental canzonas or sonatas and therefore also birth of instrumental suite, concerto, concerto grosso, opera, basso continuo, and so on. The sweetness and mischievousness of recorders is intertwined with the virtuosic nobility of the violin, while the rhythmic beat of baroque guitar and aristocratic theorbo combines everything into an ambivalent basis, typical of a period that does not belong here or there.


The mission statement of the ensemble

With the project, the ensemble pays tribute to composers who were pioneers of their time and significantly marked and contributed to the change in development of classical music until today. They are distinguished by a rich imagination and sensuality, and at the same time they leave an open space for the musician's own expression. 


Recording: Radio Slovenija

Event programme

Chat with Ensemble Messa di voce (SI)


Questions to artists

With questions to artists and their answers, we want to bring visitors closer to the role of the artists in society, their views and work. There will be too little time on the upbeat to touch on everything that interests you. Upbeat visitors are invited to focus the conversation on those issues that are more interesting to you. You are invited to provide us with additional questions in advance, which we will present to our artists. All the answers of the artists will be collected in a special publication, which will be published at the end of this year's festival. Questionnaire consultants: Vesna Volk (Radiotelevizija Slovenija) and Marina Žlender (Glasna Magazine).

The questions are formulated in three sets: an artist as a person (what your normal day looks like when you are not traveling, what your work on the instrument looks like, what your work with young people looks like and how you perceive their attitude towards music, how you convey it to them), preparation of the programme (how you plan the programming concept, where and how you capture ideas for designing a concert programme and what obstacles you face, how you design a concert programme, how you meet other artists, how you get involved in other ensembles and what it looks like when you put together your own ensemble, how you approach and research archives, how you are received by the institutions that care for this cultural heritage, and what problems you face in the phase when you are looking for and choosing works for the programme), the power of art (how music and any other art can contribute to a better society, what is the impact of art on the challenges of politics and environmental protection, how art can defy state violence against freedom of expression, what are your experiences, how you see the future of art and what its role is in shaping society in the coming centuries, how you see the development of the field we call early music in the coming decades).


Snežnik Castle

The romantic Snežnik Castle in Notranjska is one of the most beautiful castles in Slovenia. A stroll through the four castle floors evokes the atmosphere of 150 years ago because rooms boast genuine furniture and household objects from the latter half of the 19th century.