LEARN MORE ABOUT SOLLAZZO
LEARN MORE ABOUT SOLLAZZO
Sollazzo Ensemble was founded in 2014 in Basel and brings together musicians with a strong interest in late medieval and early renaissance repertoires. The ensemble is directed by fiddle player Anna Danilevskaia and benefits from the different musical backgrounds of its members: while some of them come from Early Music families, others have found their calling via modern classical music, theatre or even musical.
The members of Sollazzo have profited from studies in institutions renowned for their specialisation in Early Music such as the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, the Esmuc in Barcelona and the CNSM in Lyon, where the curriculum offered them diverse ways of approaching medieval repertoire and they enjoyed a constant stream of ideas and influences, before finding an autonomous path for their work.
In 2014 Sollazzo was selected for the “eeemerging” programme (supported by Creative Europe), which enabled the ensemble to fully concentrate on musical matters during several artistic residencies throughout Europe.
In 2015 Sollazzo won the York Early Music International Young Artists Prize, as well as being rewarded by the public with the Friends of York Early Music Festival Prize, and in addition to that won the Cambridge Early Music Prize.
The first CD of the ensemble released on the Linn Records label, “Parle qui veut”, received many accolades including Diapason d’Or, Editor’s choice of Gramophone, The Desk of Arts CD of the Year and BBC Magazine's Choral & Song Choice (February 2018).
Starting in 2018, Sollazzo is the Ensemble Associé of the CCR of Ambronay.
Yukie Sato, soprano
Perrine Devillers, soprano
Vivien Simon, tenor
Sophia Danilevskaia, fiddle
Vincent Kibildis, harp
Anna Danilevskaia, fiddle and artistic direction
Sollazzo Ensemble is supported by
Firenze circa 1350
Music at the time of blossom of humanism
It is said that on a warm morning of the year 1389, in that Florentine garden which carried the byname “Il Paradiso”, Franceso degli Organi, famed for his virtuosity, accepted a challenge to silence the birds by the beauty of his organ-playing. This blind composer and multi-instrumentalist was known in the city not only for his musical prowess but also for his rhetorical abilities and philosophical views. A perfect representative of incipient humanism, Francesco, together with fellow composers such as Lorenzo da Firenze, Andrea Stefani and Giovanni da Firenze, was to bring the music of their time to its apogee.
Between 1350 and 1400, the city of Florence was the epicenter of a cultural blossoming which has influenced Italian culture until today: architecture and arts were undergoing an aesthetical changeover, the Tuscan dialect was elevated to a language of literature by poets like Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio, and the population of Florence became exceptionally cultivated and well-educated. More than two thirds of the male population were able to read and a new elite was born out of the blend of merchants with international trade-relations and the culturally curious middle class. The production of manuscripts, notably musical ones, increased suddenly, creating not only professionally crafted luxurious, highly ornate exemplars, but also so-called zibaldoni - personal notebooks, through which we can gain an intimate glance on the intellectual life in Florence at that time.
This concert presents the musical aspects of a fascinating chapter of European history. Through the exceptional virtuosity of its music, haunting melodies and both elegant and fiery writing
it envelopes the modern listener in the zeitgeist of medieval Florence.
6 to 8 musicians
Upcoming Concerts 2018
APR 25 Presentation in Brussels, BE
MAI 13 Concert in Bruges, BE
MAI 21 Concert in Regensburg, DE
MAI 25 Concert in Saint-Christophe en Champagne, FR
MAI 26 Concert in Asnière-sur-Vègre, FR
JUNE 20 Concert in Basel, CH
JULY 10 Concert in York, ENG
AUG 25 Concert in Antwerpen, BE
AUG 27 Concert in Utrecht, NL
AUG 29 Concert in Utrecht, NL
SEP 27 Concert in Ghent, BE
OCT 06 Concert in Ambronay, FR
OCT 15 Concert in Arsenal Metz, FR
OCT 26 Concert in Brighton, ENG
NOV 3 Concert in Philarmony Warsaw, POL
NOV 20-28 Residency in Ambronay, FR
NOV 30 Basel, Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, CH
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