|The Broken Consort (Cambridge MA)
Emily Lau, voice/percussion/artistic director
Clare McNamara, voice/vielle/assistant director
Camila Parias, voice
Brian Kay, oud
Peter Walker, voice and bagpipesr
The Broken Consort is an adventurous, exuberant, and committed professional early music ensemble based in Boston, MA. Originally established by a group of graduate students that set out to change the standard presentation and interpretation of early music, TBC is now an ensemble with a stellar roster of outstanding young stars and experienced veterans. The Boston Musical Intelligencer recently described us as “early music turned early magic,” hailed our “extraordinary sonorousness,” and praised us for a performance that “bewitched and beguiled.” Although our programming regularly ventures into many different time periods, our specialty is virtuosic vocal and instrumental repertoire from the Middle Ages.
“Burgos, 1275”: Soundscape of 13th c. Iberia
Set in 13th c. Iberia where Christians, Muslims, and Jews coexisted and made music together, the soundscape this particular period and space took on a very unique quality.
For this program, The Broken Consort tell a story with music from the Las Huelgas Codex, one of the most stunning manuscript of early Iberian polyphony. Along with it, will be humorous, magical, and exotic tunes about Virgin Mary from the largest collection of medieval music to-date: the Cantigas de Santa Maria. Of special interests are the Andalusian-Arabic and Sephardic tunes passed on mostly by oral traditions. Together, we hope to take our audience on a time-traveling journey.