Constantinople performs Metamorfosi Musicali


Constantinople, photo by Jocelyn Michel

Suzie LeBlanc, soprano photo by Tara McMullen

Suzie LeBlanc, soprano
photo by Tara McMullen

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Saturday, November 15, 2014, 8:00 pm
Preconcert lecture at 7:00 pm
Town Hall Seattle

Constantinople and guest soprano Suzie LeBlanc reinvent the cantatas of 17th-century singer and composer Barbara Strozzi, a worthy heiress of Monteverdi, who created a secular vocal repertoire that intoxicates the senses. Metamorfosi Musicali also features instrumental works of Johannes Kapsberger, whose spontaneous phrasing and sharp contrasts provide fertile ground for Constantinople’s improvisations.

Concert update: Local artists Stephen Stubbs, Baroque guitar and theorbo; and Tekla Cunningham, Baroque violin, will join Constantinople for this Saturday’s Seattle performance!

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Constantinople is a musical ensemble that chose the journey as its foundation — geographical journeys, but also historical, cultural and inner. Drawing inspiration from ancient Istanbul, a trailblazing city illuminating East and West, the ensemble was conceived as a forum for encounters and cross-fertilization by brothers Kiya Tabassian (Setar, vocals, artistic direction) and Ziya Tabassian (Tombak and percussion), who grew up in effervescent Tehran and always welcome the chance to free themselves from the cultural codes of old Europe.

Steeped in musical and poetic Persian traditions, the Tabassian brothers use their virtuosity to open up and reinvent the heritage of their native land. They are joined by Pierre-Yves Marter, a viola da gamba player of improvisational brilliance who is equally insatiable and adventurous. Together the ensemble has explored a wide range of musical avenues: from medieval manuscripts to contemporary aesthetics, from Mediterranean Europe to Eastern traditions and New World Baroque.

Over the course of the decade, Constantinople has created over 35 works and travelled to nearly 120 cities in 22 countries. The ensemble has 13 albums to its credit on the Analekta, ATMA, and World Village labels; and is frequently featured on CBC/Radio-Canada and the European Broadcasting Union.

Soprano Suzie LeBlanc is one of the most sought after early music sopranos of her generation, as well as a gifted interpreter of lieder, French mélodies, Acadian repertoire, and contemporary music. Concerts engagements have led her around the world, as well as to over 50 recordings with the world’s leading early music ensembles. The recipient of four honorary doctorates for her artistic achievements and research, she also played the lead role in the award winning film Lost Song (Best Canadian Feature Film at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2008).

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