A performance by the early music ensemble, Lucidarium.
Working between historical sources and the oral tradition, Lucidarium is dedicated to a multicultural approach to early music, bringing the voices of the “others” – those who lived in the shadows of the great institutions – back to life in an entertaining, engaging way designed for 21st century audiences. Although the research for the various projects is the responsibility of its director, the final product is developed collectively, the result of rehearsals where each musician is fully involved in the creative process. This combination of cutting-edge research, creativity and an energetic, spontaneous performance-style has brought both popular and critical acclaim to the ensemble.
Lucidarium’s work is currently divided between different projects: Ars Italica, which explores different aspects of Italy’s culture through its music and poetry, and Ars Hebraicae, dedicated to a reconstruction of the soundscape of the Jews in Renaissance Europe. Innovative programs that explore the links between oral and written transmission, the mechanisms that brought tunes, texts, and dances across Europe and beyond are one of the group’s hallmark.
Next to performances in prestigious early and classical music series, Lucidarium also makes frequent “crossovers,” playing in Jewish and World music festivals throughout the world.
Recent projects include “Sounds from Shylock’s Venice,” a multimedia program which was performed dozens of times across Europe and North America (including the 2016 York Festival) funded with grants from the Canton and city of Geneva, the European Union Creative Europe Project, the Swiss Performers’ Collective, Fondation Goehner, and the Fondazione Cini, the Haute École de Musique de Genève, and the subject of documentaries, radio recordings, master classes, seminars, articles and lectures and soon to be released as a CD recording on the prestigious Ramée/Outhere label.