Jordi Savall (photo: Claire Xavier)

Chamber Music

Jordi Savall on the trail of Celtic music

Jordi Savall is a doyen of Early music, whose programmes often transport the audience to distant worlds and open windows onto other cultures. In this concert entitled “El Hombre y la Naturaleza”, he invites you to discover Celtic music traditions – to take a musical journey to Ireland, the Scottish Highlands, Wales, Brittany, and Galicia in northern Spain. Jordi Savall is supported by among others the Galician Celtic folk musician Carlos Núñez, the Spanish guitarist and violinist Pancho Álvarez and the Baroque harp virtuoso Andrew Lawrence-King.

Jordi Savall Viols and Direction

Carlos Núñez bagpipes, shepherd's flutes, irish recorder

Pancho Álvarez guitar and hurdy-gurdy

Xurxo Núñez percussion

Andrew Lawrence-King irish harp and salterio

Frank McGuire irish frame drum

Diálogos Celticos

El Hombre y la Naturaleza − Celtic Music Traditions in Irland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany and Spanish Galicia

Dates and Tickets

Wed, 22 May 2019, 20:00

Chamber Music Hall | Introduction: 19:00

Serie R

Programme

Jordi Savall is the doyen of early music: time and again he has transported his audience to faraway worlds with his programmes, opening windows to other cultures. In this concert he invites us to discover Celtic music traditions in keeping with the motto “El Hombre y la Naturaleza” – on a musical journey to Ireland, the Scottish Highlands, Wales, Brittany and Galicia in northern Spain: “Celtic music is one of the most sumptuous and splendid legacies of all living music traditions of our time,” Savall comments, who, while searching in archives and manuscripts, came across works by such venturesome musicians as Turlough O’Carolan, a blind harpist, Niel Gow, the most famous Scottish fiddler of the 18th century, and James Macpherson, a kind of Scottish Robin Hood, who fiddled his own “lament” even under the gallows.

Jordi Savall is supported by Galician Celtic folk musician Carlos Núñez, Spanish guitarist and violinist Pancho Álvarez (who has mastered the technique of travelling fiddle players, who held their instrument in the crook of their elbow) and Baroque harp virtuoso Andrew Lawrence-King, who also performs as a continuo player and conductor of Baroque operas and oratorios. Also involved in the concert: Xurxo Núñez, who has been accompanying his brother all around the world for years on nearly every conceivable percussion instrument, as well as the Scottish percussionist Frank McGuire, who already early on played in various pipe bands.

Jordi Savall (photo: Claire Xavier)