Avery Gosfield and Francis Biggi, directors
Gloria Moretti: voice
Avery Gosfield: recorders, double flute, pipe and tabor
Marco Ferrari: recorders, double flute, shawm, bagpipe, dulcian
Francis Biggi: cetra, colascione, lute, viola da mano
Massimiliano Dragoni: percussion, hammer dulcimer
Enrico Fink: voice, narration, commediante;
Marie Pierre Duceau, Lionel Desmeules, Mauro Borgioni: voice;
Barbara Ceron: voice, Veracruz harp; Elisabetta Benfenati: Renaissance guitar;
Bettina Ruchti: vielle, lyra da braccio, violin; Martine Zbylut: commediante;
Bruna Gondoni and Marco Bendoni: Renaissance dance
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’s work is currently divided between two projects: Ars Italica, which explores different aspects of Italy’s culture through its music and poetry, and Ars Hebraica, dedicated to the creative reconstruction of the soundscape of the Jews in Renaissance Europe.
Ensemble members collaborate regularly with important educational and scientific institutions, like the Universities of Arizona, California, Maryland and Wisconsin, the Centre de Musique Ancienne de Genève, the CERIMM of Royaumont, the Maîtrise de Paris, the Antwerps Universiteit and the Sorbonne, and the Compagnie Sandrine Anglade. Besides lectures, and workshops and master classes for young professionals, the group has developed various projects for school-age children: workshops, outreach concerts, and musical theater programs. LUCIDARIUM has won grants from Pro Helvetia, the European Association for European Culture, the Haddasah Brandeis and the Rothschild Foundations. In addition, the group works closely with Italian and Swiss consulates throughout the globe.
A SELECTION OF PAST CONCERTS:
Les Amis de la Musique Juive (Geneva), Bratislava Music Festival, Cantar di Pietre (5 concerts), il Canto delle Pietre (more than 15 concerts throughout Italy and Switzerland), Chicago Art Institute, i Concerti di Palazzo Venezia (live RAI broadcat, Rome), Dvigrad Festival (Croatia, 7 concerts), Early Music at Columbus, Early Music of the Islands, Erice Musica Medievale e Rinascimentale, Medieval Festival of Elche, Festival Antonio il Verso (Palermo), Festival Europäische Kirchenmusik (Schwaebisch Gmuend), Festival de la Francophonie (Chicago), Festival de l'Île de France, Festival von Vlaanderen, Festival de Wallonie, Festivoce (Corsica), “Figures Méditerranée” (Radio France), Fraenkischer Sommer, Free Library of Philadelphia, Freunde alter Musik Basel, Getty Museum (Los Angeles), Holland Early Music Festival/Network (more than 10 concerts), Houston Early Music, Jewish Summer Festival (Budapest), Jewish Music Festival of the East Bay (Berkeley, California), Landshuter Hofmusiktage, Madison Guest Artist Series, Medieval Music Days of Montalbâne, Musée du Moyen-Age (Paris), Museo Ebraico di Bologna, Museo Ebraico di Soragna, Music at Fermilab (Chicago), Musica Cortese (Italy/Slovenia, 7 concerts), Musica e Poesia a San Maurizio, Primo Levi Center (New York), Regensburg Early Music Festival, Renaissance and Baroque Society of Pittsburgh, Royaumont Foundation (6 concerts), Royal Museum of Art (Toronto), Santander Festival, Seattle Early Music Festival, St. Louis Art Museum, Teatro della Pergola (Florence), Temple Mikveh Israel (Philadelphia), Tucson JCC, University of Maryland, Vienna Konzerthaus, Early Music Festival of Velez Blanco, Voix et Route Romane, York Early Music Festival.
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