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Medieval Renaissance&17th Baroque Classical
Lucas Ruiz de Ribayaz
Luz y norte (1677)
Spanish, South American, Italian & African dances
Spanish baroque harp, guitars, voice,
viola da gamba, percussion, dance
A Lantern and Guiding Star, by which one may travel through the music of the Spanish Guitar & Harp.
Ribayaz's collection of Spanish, Italian, South American and African dance-music evokes the spirit of an age of exploration. His book records the standard repertoire of a 17th-century Spanish dance-band, from popular bailes and military tournaments to elegant courtly danzas.
As singer Clara Sanabras and the instrumentalists of The Harp Consort improvise their ornamented melodies - diferencias - to the Latin rhythms and African harmonies of Spanish 17th-century dances, so dancer Steven Player improvises his mudanzas (moves) from the choreographies of 17th-century dance-manuals.
The most remarkable concert of 17th-century music I have ever heard!
The audience too were wildly excited;
after the concert, the ensemble’s CDs
were bought up by the box-load.
Helsingor Dagblad, Copenhagen
(Luz y Norte)
(Luz y Norte)
Recorded in 1994, Luz y norte became an international cult hit and re-defined the sound-world of Hispanic baroque music. In concert, Andrew and The Harp Consort have improvised their way around the world from the Wigmore Hall, London; Berlin Philharmonic & Spanish National Auditorium to Casals Hall, Tokyo; Sydney Opera House; Mexico’s Palacio de Bellas Artes and Lincoln Centre, New York.
We’ve explained to countless radio producers that the sound of dancing feet is part of Ribayaz’s music, and the show has been televised in Japan and Scandinavia.
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