Traveling tunes, sung poetry and fake books through the ages…

Although the “hows” and “whys” remain largely a mystery, certain songs and dances have remained popular, against all odds, across the ages. Following a twisted path, often switching back and forth between oral and written transmission, they have survived and even thrived across temporal, geographical, religious, cultural and class borders. For this project, Ilya Shneyveys and Sasha Lurje of forshpil join Lucidarium in a collaboration where music from historical sources as well as the Jewish, Italian, German, and Eastern European tradition are used as a springboard for new creations


Repertoire: Bergamasche, spagnoletti, balli di Mantova and correnti from 16th to 20th century sources, Jewish liturgy based on Renaissance tunes, Rumanian folk music and Yiddish song old and new…

6 – 8 performers: Sasha Lurje, Enrico Fink: voice, Ilye Shneyveys: tin whistle, guitar, accordion, Avery Gosfield: recorder, pipe and tabor, Francis Biggi: lute, colascione, guitar, Massimiliano Dragoni: percussion, hammer dulcimer (James Hewitt: fiddle, Gloria Moretti: voice)

5 novembre 2014 Programs

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Lucidarium is an irresistibly fun group, a light-hearted collection of friends out to relish each other’s company by making music together. That unbuttoned ethos is a welcome intrusion in the concert hall, one that will hopefully infect other performers.

Basler Zeitung

Next to their stylistic confidence and saddle-sure historical interpretation, Ensemble Lucidarium shows us just how contagiously vivacious the reconstruction of medieval sounds can be.

The six members of Lucidarium let their listeners dive into a completely enchanting world… The musical poetry of the Middle Ages was brought back to life in the most beautiful way possible

New York Times

… The Ensemble Lucidarium, an Italian group, in a program of vocal works (and a couple of high-energy saltarellos) on Wednesday afternoon, performed in a style free of vibrato and other forms of modern polish but plentifully adorned with florid vocal embellishments…

American Recorder Society Magazine

Anyone who arrived thinking of Medieval repertoire as “minor” or as music that ‘all sounds alike’ left with changed ideas.

The Arts Desk

There was a naturalness and relaxedness to their performance that was immensely pleasing.

Dernières Nouvelles d’Alsace

… it was enough to be swept away, by the refinement and conviction of the performers, to a place where magic reigns.