“It’s the player that defines what the instrument is, what it can do and does. People who play the recorder are almost by definition adventurous musicians.”
Roderik de Man, video interview by Walter van Hauwe.
Don’t say “improvisation” when you mean “arrangement.”
The wait is over. I’m proud to present GLOSAS, More Hispano’s third CD: a very personal project which brings together original and unpublished material, and one that I’ve had in mind for a long time — Once again, a challenge.
If our previous recording (Yr a oydo, 2010) intended to confront the enormous demand posed today by improvisation within early music, the main idea behind “Glosas” is to produce a disc in which each and every note I play are, in one form or another, mine (except, of course, for the original melodies): improvised, composed, or —in the case of Ganassi’s glosas— chosen by me. Read more →
“Being the true voice of one’s time is (as Shaw might have said) roughly 40,000 times as vital and important as being the assumed voice of history.”
Richard Taruskin, The Spin Doctors of Early Music
Yr a oydo, my ensemble’s latest, much anticipated CD, has been just released and it’s already available right here! It’s More Hispano’s second CD in eleven long years, so that’s a big event for us!
Recorded in April 2009 for German label Carpe Diem, with Yr a oydo “Mr. Parrilla and company go all out” (The New York Times), and features an innovative program we have been working at for a few years now — having had the opportunity to play it live on numerous occasions prior to recording it, in which the main protagonist is, undoubtedly, improvisation.
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