23 giugno 2015: LAUDE ILLUSTRE in CONCERTO

al CeSAB

martedì 23 giugno, ore 21,00



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Agnethe Christensen – voice, kantele, gusli

Gro Siri Johansen – voice, bells

Elizabeth Gaver – fidel, rebec, voice

Björn Ross – visuals

Un appuntamento in musica da non perdere: dopo la tappa di poesia a Palazzo Mosca (Roma), ci si sposta a Spello (Pg) per ascoltare il gruppo scandinavo Laude Illustre, in questo momento in residenza artistica presso il Circolo Scandinavo di Roma. Un concerto straordinario che è un vero e proprio progetto narrativo per esplorare il dialogo tra umanità e divinità.


     “VIRGIN MARY”                              

            O Divina Virgo (Laudario de Cortona)

            O Maria, – d’omelia (Laudario de Cortona)


            Gloria in cielo (Laudario de Cortona)

Cristo e nato (Laudario de Cortona)

            Slått (instrumental dance)


            Magdalena, degna da laudare (Laudario de Cortona)

Lydarlått (listening piece for fiddle)

            Peccatrice nominata (Laudario de Cortona)


Plangiamo quel crudel basciare (Laudario de Cortona)


  Omne homo (Laudario de Cortona)

Voi c’amate lo criatore (Laudario de Cortona)  

            Voi c’amate lo criatore (Laudario de Firenze)

            Slått (instrumental dance)


            Co la madre (Laudario di Firenze)

            Slått (instrumental dance)

             Laudate lasurrectione (Laudario di Firenze)

            Jesu Cristo Glorioso (Laudario de Cortona

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Laude Illustre

Laude Illustre è un concerto visual che presenta le laudi italiane del dodicesimo e tredicesimo secolo combinate con composizioni originali contemporanee ispirate alla musica popolare norvegese e presentata con l’ausilio di pitture medioevali tratte da chiese della Norvegia. Laude Illustre è un progetto narrativo che esplora l’antico concetto di terra e cielo così come il complesso dialogo tra umanità e divinità. Il progetto si sviluppa all’interno delle collaborazioni internazionali che il Comune di Pesaro sta sviluppando in seno al REMA, la reta europea dei festival di musica antica direttamente sostenuta dalla Comunità Europea.

Laude Illustre is a visual concert with Italian Laude songs from the 13/14th c. combined with newly composed  instrumental pieces inspired by traditional Norwegian folk music and set with moving images of medieval paintings from Danish churches from the same period.

Laude Illustre is a narrative platform where we explore the medieval concept of heaven and earth as well as the complex dialogue between God and man. The evocative Laude songs in the Tuscans´ own tongue, are enhanced by the projections of stucco paintings animating central biblical stories and dances played on the medieval fiddle and Baltic lyres.

The Scandinavian ensemble Laude Illustre are artists-in-residence at Circolo Scandinavo in Rome in June 2015. During their stay in Rome they will develop the project further through research, give concerts, participate in workshops and conferences and record their material for future audiovisual publications.


About the Instruments

The medieval fiddle and rebec were widely used and are portrayed in both church and secular settings. Elizabeth’s five-string fiddle and three-string rebec were both built by Richard Earle (Basel) based on medieval sculptures from France.

The ancient folk music instrument kantele (kannel, kankles or kokle) consists of a hollow, wing-formed resonance box made of one piece of wood (spruce, pine) strung with a varying number of steel strings. The basic construction is the same for the medieval instrument and it´s oriental predecessor the qanun. Today the is a popular folk instrument in Finland, the Baltic countries and part of Russia.

Agnethe’s nine-string kantele was built by Alberta’s Martinaitis (Siauliai, Litauen). The gusli is the same type of instrument and is a replica of an instrument from Novgorod, 13th c. It was built by Aleś Čumakoŭ (Minsk, Belarus).


Agnethe Christensen, mezzo-soprano, studied solo voice at the Royal Danish Conservatory and studied renaissance and medieval singing with Andrea von Ramm in Basel and furthermore in Rome and Paris. Well known for her unconventional interpretations of modern and classical works, folk and early vocal music. Agnethe’s expertise is within the field of early music and historically informed folk music but she has also worked with modern composers Luca Lombardi, Palle Mikkelborg, Wolfgang Rihm, Luciano Berio and John Cage, with opera, folk and film music. She explores early folkmusic from Sweden and Denmark and performs regularly all over the world with early music ensembles such as Sequentia, ULV, Alba, New Room and others. http://agnethechristensen.org

Gro Siri Johansen, soprano, has a degree in classical voice from the Rogaland Music Conservatory and a diploma in Gregorian chant from National Superieur de Musique et Danse in Paris. She has been a founding member of the Paris- based vocal ensemble Dialogos, whose recording Terra Adriatica won the Diapason d’Or and Le Choc in Le Monde de Musique. She has also recorded with Musica Reservata, Caracas and Modus ensemble, Oslo. She has worked in theater productions and musicals at The Norwegian Theatre in Oslo. In 1999 she founded Modus Center for Medieval Music in Oslo, where, as artistic director, she organizes Oslo Medieval Music Festival every summer. She teaches courses in vocal music and gestalttherapy. Since 2012 she has specialized in music productions for children with Modus ensemble. www.middelaldermusikk.no

Elizabeth Gaver (medieval fiddle) began performing with Sequentia in 1992 and was a core member of the ensemble for many years. She has participated in over a dozen recordings with the ensemble, along with several music-drama productions. She now lives in Oslo, where she has performed and recorded with Modus, Pro Musica Antiqua Oslo, Barokkanerne, and The Norwegian Baroque Orchestra. She is a member of the Swedish trio, Ulv, interpreting traditional ballads and songs with a medieval perspective. She plays hardingfele and fiddle in the family band, Feleboga,performing Norwegian traditional music and old-time music from the Appalachian region of the United States. Feleboga has performed concerts and taught dance workshops in Germany, Iceland, Poland, Thailand and the US. She has earned degrees from Stanford University, The Juilliard School and the University of Oslo, and studied medieval performance practice with Thomas Binkley at Indiana University.

Björn Ross was born in Stockholm but has lived and worked in Copenhagen since 1982. He is educated at The Royal Danish Art Academy and has exhibited regularly in the Nordic countries, Europe and North America since 1982. Parallel with his art practice he organises and produces many festivals and other events ranging from sound art (Overgaden Sound Art Festival, 2004) to early music (Copenhagen Renaissance Music Festival, 2006-). Lately he has focused on stage productions and design including dance performances (Closer, 2008), baroque operas (Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo 2007, Cavalieri’s Rappresentatione di Anima et di Corpo 2010, Poppea 2011, Cavalli’s Apollo & Daphne 2014). He is also engaged as administrator and board member of several projects and networks, such as Nordic Network for Early Opera, NORDEM (Nordic Early Music Federation), and REMA (European Early Music Network). Since 2014 he is Director at KoncertKirken in Copenhagen.  http://bside.dk