In a new concert titled From Castile to SamarkandMontreal’s Ensemble Constantinople meets the masters of early music from Spain’s Accademia del Piacere on April 9 at the Bourgie Hall of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
Alongside the pillar of ancient Spanish music Accademia del Piacere, featuring the virtuoso of the viola da gamba Fahmi Alqhai, Constantinople unites – the time of a concert – the cultures of Iberia and those of Persia and Central Asia , through a unique and deeply impactful musical journey.
Since Castile to Samarkand
Constantinople (Canada) & Accademia Del Piacere (Spain)
Saturday, April 9, 2022, Bourgie Hall
The great masters of the Spanish Renaissance created a golden age of polyphony. In the essentially Franco-Flemish music of the time, they woven the influences left by the Moors and by the Muslim cultures so present in medieval Spain.
In collaboration with Fahmi Alqhai, one of the great virtuosos of the viola da gamba, and his Accademia del Piacere, the leading ensemble of early Spanish music, Constantinople embarks on a musical journey through the Iberian Peninsula, Persia and Central Asia, revisiting music remarkable for its sumptuous color and exceptionally rich beauty.
After its premiere in Seville (Spain) on March 26, this work is presented in Vancouver on April 1, in Victoria on April 3, in Toronto on April 8, in Montreal on April 9 and in Quebec City on April 10.
About Fahmi Alqhai
Fahmi Alqhai is considered one of the most brilliant and outstanding gambists of our time and is recognized as one of the greatest performers of early music. In 2002, with the soprano Mariví Blasco, he founded the Accademia del Piacere. He is also co-founder, with his brother Rami Alqhai, of the ALQHAI & ALQHAI label. In addition to the many projects he initiated, he was invited, from an early age, to collaborate with some of the most renowned international early music ensembles, such as Hesperion XXI (Jordi Daval) and Il Suonar Parlante (Vittorio Ghielmi). As a soloist he has performed with the National Orchestra of Spain, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Galicia and the Baroque Orchestra of Seville, among others. He has also played contemporary music as well as jazz, with artists like Uri Caine. Since 2009, Fahmi Ahqai has been artistic director of the Seville Early Music Festival (FeMAS), the oldest and most prestigious early music festival in Spain.
Borrowing its name from the ancient city that was once a beacon of light between East and West, Constantinople was conceived as a space for musical fusions and exchanges by its artistic director Kiya Tabassian since its founding in Montreal in 2001. Since its creation, the ensemble has released 19 albums on labels such as Analekta, Atma, World Village, Buda Musique, Ma Case, Dreyer Gaido and Glossa. Over the past 10 years, the ensemble has developed nearly 50 creations which have been presented in more than 240 cities across 54 countries.
- From Castile to SamarkandApril 9 – 8 p.m.
- Bourgie Hall, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
- Prices: $44 for the general public, $38 for museum members, $23 for those 34 and under.