20:00 – 21:00
COPENHAGEN RENAISSANCE MUSIC FESTIVAL 2022
Silke Gwendolyn Schulze & Peppe Frana (DE/IT)
A Maze of Melodies – Virtuosic Instrumental Music of the Middle Ages
Peppe Frana – medieval lute, gittern
Silke Gwendolyn Schulze – double recorder, douçaine, pipe & tabor, shawm
The two manuscripts London 29987 and Paris fr. 844 (Manuscrit du Roi) are well known among medieval instrumentalists as they contain the famous estampies and istanpitte: these pieces are considered the earliest surviving genuin instrumental music, following a very clear structure with different puncti but always the same open and closed endings.
Originally only one part music, Peppe Frana and Silke Gwendolyn Schulze arranged these pieces for their duo by combining medieval lute instruments with different medieval woodwind instruments. Taking the surviving melodies not only as the beginning of joy to play together but also as a beginning of exploring possibilities of different instrumentations and sounds, they manage to make this old music sound as new and lively as if it was written only yesterday.
Passionate from a young age about rock music from America and overseas, Peppe Frana quickly became the nightmare of the best electric guitar teachers in his home area Salerno (Italy). At 20 he was dazzled by interest in modal music from outside Europe thanks to the work of Ross Daly and took up the study of Turkish oud and other cordophones played with a plectrum, making frequent trips to Greece and Turkey. There he visited some of the most renowned maestros: Yurdal Tokcan, Omer Erdogdular, Murat Aydemir, Daud Khan Sadozai and Ross Daly himself. A meeting with the members of Ensemble Micrologus inspired his interest in European medieval music and in plectrum lute. Peppe quickly became one of the most appreciated soloists and teachers specialising in Italian Trecento repertoire. 2013 he has been studying medieval lute at the Schola Cantorum in Basel Switzerland under the guidance of Crawford Young, marking his first experience of academic music study. Besides that he has an honours degree in philosophy from the Istituto Universitario “L’Orientale” in Naples. Peppe regularly works with many artists and musical projects in the world of early, eastern and non- classical music including Ensemble Micrologus, Ensemble Calixtinus, Cantsilena, Christos Barbas, Ross Daly, Vinicio Capossela, Radiodervish, Angelo Branduardi and has performed in the most prestigious festivals both in Italy and around the world. He is the artistic director of Labyrinth Italia.“.
Silke Gwendolyn Schulze grew up in a little german town in the swiss-french-german region. She studied recorder, shawm, dulcian and pipe & tabor at the universities of Bremen, Brussels, Basle and Lyon. She has given concerts in Germany, Sweden, Austria, France, Poland, Ireland, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Columbia, Chile, The Netherlands, Japan and Cyprus with ensembles such as Weser-renaissance Bremen, la Compagnie Renaidanse, the European Union Baroque Orchestra (EUBO), Cantar Lontano, La Grande Chapelle, Capella de Ministrers, Ensemble Leones, La Chimera, La Morra and her own groups Quidni, Vuenv and Mandragora. Apart from her passion for the double reed instruments of the Renaissance Alta Capella Silke is very interested in the more „exotic“ medieval wind instruments like the double recorder or the pipe and tabor and in reconstructing a possible repertoire for these instruments. In 2017 her solo recording „The Medieval Piper“ (brilliant classics) was released, illustrating the versatile instruments as well as the rich and manifold repertoire of a medieval piper. When Silke is not playing one of her many instruments she enjoys looking for more depictions for her pipe and tabor iconography collection, teaching recorder and Alta Capella to enthusiastic players between 5 and 85 or practicing the Japanese martial art Aikido.
Tickets: 100 DKK / Stud: 50 DKK
COPENHAGEN RENAISSANCE MUSIC FESTIVAL 2022 støttes af Statens Kunstfond, Københavns Kommune, Knud Højgaards Fond, William Demant Fonden m.fl. Samarbejdspartnere: KoncertKirken. Netværk: REMA.