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Lucidarium is an ensemble specializing in medieval and Renaissance music. Each program is the fruit of a long period of research and preparation in various fields, resulting in a different sonority for each program: a vivacious combination of voices and instruments with the freedom in execution which comes from a solid knowledge of musical style and historical background. Although the research for the various projects is the responsibility of its two directors, the final product is developed collectively, the result of rehearsals where each musician is fully involved in the creative process. From its founding, this combination of meticulous preparation, joyful improvisation and energetic music-making has brought both popular and critical acclaim to the ensemble.

Lucidarium prides itself in bringing little-known repertoires back to life for a 21st century audience, and much of the ensemble’s efforts are dedicated to repertoires considered "minor," that were, in reality, powerful vehicles for spreading and evolving new musical concepts during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The music and poetry meant for daily use and wide distribution, represent a mirror of the taste and mentality of the era, at the same time raising a series of questions about the relationship between written music and oral transmission, and about the continuous exchange of forms and themes between the different levels of medieval and Renaissance society.

A large part of the group’s research is devoted to the comparison of historical sources with traditional music and poetry, in a continuing study of the relationship between oral and written transmission. The dances of the Emilian Appenines, the traces of Renaissance melodies found in European Synagogal song, or the declamatory singing style that still flourishes in Central Italy today are just a few examples of sources that contain precious information as to how historical music and poetry can be interpreted today.

Ensemble members collaborate regularly with important educational and scientific institutions, in particular the Centre de Musique Ancienne de Genève, the CERIMM of Royaumont, the CNSM of Lyon, the Sorbonne, the Universities of Arizona, California, Maryland and Wisconsin. Besides master classes and lectures, the group has developed various projects for school-age children: workshops, outreach concerts, and the music for “Le Voyage de Pinocchio”, directed by Sandrine Anglade and Patrick Marco. The ensemble was in residence at the Royaumont Foundation from 2005-2007, where it worked with a group of young professionals on a reconstruction of Angelo Poliziano’s “pre-opera, “La Fabula di Orpheo” which was performed throughout France, Switzerland and Belgium and recorded for K617, winning a “Choc” from le Monde de la Musique.

The Ensemble has won grants from Pro Helvetia, the European Association for European Culture and the Rothschild Foundation and regularly collaborates with Italian, Swiss and Jewish cultural institutions worldwide. In 2004, the Ensemble won the EAJC award for musical creation for “La Istoria de Purim: Music and poetry of the Jews of Renaissance Italy”. Recorded for K617 in 2005, it has had more than 60 performances from Budapest to San Francisco.




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