JARCHAS, ROMANCES & CANTIGAS
One of the biggest challenges for performers of medieval music is that only a small fraction of the music of this period has survived. As musicians we need as much information as possible and the necessary training to convert this information into music.
This is important when approaching practices, such as improvisation, that might have been commonly used in some repertories but about which we have little information. Improvisation and familiarity with different oral musical traditions are some of this ensemble’s extraordinary strengths.
With this program the ensemble approaches the repertoire of Las Jarchas: the first lyric genre in vernacular language known in the Iberian Peninsula. Called Ignoto Canto, it flourished between the 11th and the 13th century during the Hispano-Arabic coexistence. The members of Vox Suavis make skilled use of improvisation within the framework of medieval monody to give a voice to these melodies of which only the written form survives