Sextha Consort + Ancore d'Aria vocal quartet

From Antonio Vivaldi to Steve Reich

Guitar orchestra SEXTHA CONSORT with ANCORE D’ARIA vocal quartet:
a highly fascinating and original mixture... don’t miss it!

The two formations cooperate for an innovative and experimental project. The arrangements and original pieces of the orchestra, led by Marcello Serafini, converge with Oskar Boldre’s specifically tailored vocal arrangements. The choice of repertoire is special, ranging from baroque to contemporary music; and the unification of the two groups allows for a delightful and highly expressive play with harmonics.

The last few years have seen a widening of compositional horizons and a fruitful contamination from other (non-classical) music styles, and arrangements for guitar ensembles specifically are emerging. Thus we see the rise of a new repertoire, often transcribed, adapted, and expanded by SEXTHA CONSORT, who finds new harmonic solutions (using also manipulated guitars).

The characteristics of Ancore d’Aria converge nicely with those of the orchestra, with Ancore d’Aria’s use of the voice as an instrument for a language without words and limits, their new and ancient techniques including overtone singing, and the great care for harmonics in their arrangements.

Music by: Brouwer, Vivaldi, Torn, Assad, Reich, De Falla, Bellinati, Fortino.

 

The Band

Sextha Consort - Orchestra with 12 classical guitars - www.sextha.it
The orchestra was founded in 1995 and consists of certified professional guitarists. Numerous concerts at festivals in Switzerland and other countries. The group’s continuous growth and refinement situates it in one of the most interesting spaces between classical and contemporary music.

Ancore d'Aria Vocal quartet
The vocal quartet was founded in 2001 and stars selected singers from the Ancore d’Aria choir, singers who show great curiosity and harmonic versatility. These skills allow them to move beyond what’s popular and habitual and on to extreme experimentation such as overtone singing and the imitation of various instruments. They perform in Switzerland, Italy, and France and offer a unique and innovative proposal in the contemporary European “a cappella” scene.
Arrangements and directing Oskar Boldre

Marcello Serafini - Director

 

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