Salsa Baroque

Ensemble Caprice

Saturday, April 12, 2014
Town Hall Seattle, 8:00 p.m.

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Ensemble Caprice
Under the artistic direction of Matthias Maute and Sophie Larivière, the renowned Canadian ensemble returns with its own take on the Euro-New World connection. During the 16th and 17th centuries, the musical dialogue between the Old and the New Worlds resulted in a fascinating blend of European polyphony and Latin American rhythmic vitality. Gems from Spain and Colonial South America will be performed on violin, flutes, recorders, Baroque guitar, violoncello and a wide array of percussion. Careful, the salsa goes right to your head!

“…imaginative, even powerful, and the playing is topflight.” – The New York Times

Program notes
by Matthias Maute

One can describe Baroque music of Latin America as a fusion of harmonies and rhythms of Europe and Africa blended with Amerindian nuances and styles. This unique fusion dates back to the 16th century and gives rise to a complex and fascinating multitude of musical forms resulting in a great variety of instrumentations, structures, and rhythmic and melodic phrasing.

Salsa is the Spanish word for sauce, designating at the same time a dance as well as a family of musical genres in Latin-American music. It is this latter meaning and its ancient roots that, together with a bit of humor, we have taken to give the title Salsa Baroque to our project. Despite the human and political tragedies surrounding the colonization of the South-American continent, the multipolar musical culture that resulted is distinguished by its fiery spirit and passion: here is music with a unique character that enriches the repertoire of the 17th century with refreshing novelties…

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