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The Commonwealth of Sierra Espuña opens the third edition of ECOS Festival in Aledo today (18/07/2018)

Pablo Zapico and Daniel Zapico inaugurate the event tonight with a concert of theorbo and baroque guitar in the natural setting of the Estrecho de la Agualeja, in Aledo

The nature of the six municipalities that make up the Sierra Espuña Territory, Aledo, Alhama de Murcia, Librilla, Mula, Pliego and Totana, once again embrace the best ancient music of Spain with ECOS Festival.

An event directed by Jorge Losana that includes concerts from July 18 to 28 in different enclaves and recognized places of the Sierra Espuña Commonwealth, co-organizer of the festival along with the Early Music Project platform.

Among them is the opening of ECOS Festival, a bet of theorbo and baroque guitar by Daniel Zapico and Pablo Zapico, which will take place this Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. in the natural area of ​​the Estrecho de la Agualeja, in Aledo.

Despite their youth, the Asturian brothers have already managed to be one of the greatest Spanish references in ancient music at the international level, and today they will delight the Murcian public with the program 'Mediterranean: Spanish and Italian Baroque Dances', designed with arrangements of the works of Gaspar Sanz, Santiago de Murcia, Gio G. Kapsperger, Francesco Corbetta and Giovanni Battista Vitali.

From July 18 to 28, the six municipalities that make up the Sierra Espuña Commonwealth will be able to enjoy many experiences of ancient music, among which, due to its mastery and professionalism with the strings and its international prestige, the concert offered by the violinists Argentines Manfredo Kraemer and Guadalupe del Moral.

The appointment will be next Friday, July 27 at 9:00 pm in the cloister of the Convent of San Francisco, in Mula, where the public can enjoy the program 'Three Centuries, Two Continents', with scores of French, Hungarian, French, Brazilian and Argentine.


One of the biggest samples of old music of ECOS Festival will take place next Sunday, July 22, at the concert of the Ensemble ECOS of Sierra Espuña, representative of the festival that is organized by the Early Music Project together with Territorio Sierra Espuña.

An incomparable and exclusive musical performance in which 'Vespers of the Cathedral of Orihuela' will be performed, recovered thanks to a joint research project of the Higher Center for Scientific Research in which the University of Murcia participates.

The appointment will take place at the Sanctuary of Santa Eulalia, in Totana, at 20.30.

Among the musical offer of this 2018 in ECOS Festival highlights the concert of the group Les Tambourins, an international training that comes for the second time to Sierra Espuña.

Based in The Hague, this ensemble was already resident in the 2017 edition;

Since then, the trio has seen its professional career take off during this with different professional participations in European cities, including Göttingen, Utrech and Bruges.

The concert will offer 'Works of the French Baroque' with pieces by Marin Marais, François Couperin, JeanFéry Rebel and Jean Philippe Rameau;

and will take place in the Los Baños Archaeological Museum, in Alhama de Murcia, in two different sessions, the first one at 9:00 p.m. and the second at 10 p.m.

One of the most special events of this ECOS Festival is the ensemble Cantoría, a vocal group born in the first edition of the festival and formed by the Madrid soprano Inés Alonso, the Canarian countertenor Samuel Tapia, the tenor and director of the group Jorge Losana and Murcia bass player Miralles.

On this occasion, Cantoría will perform its new program 'Lenguas Malas', a proposal of profane music that speaks of desire, sin, purity, gossip and gossip in the sixteenth century;

one of the few open air concerts of ECOS Festival, a unique experience that the public can also experience in two sessions, at 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., at Francisco Gil Guillamón square, in Librilla.


The poster for this edition is completed by the three international groups that attend this year's academic residency at ECOS Festival.

The chosen ones for this 2018 have been the Quartetto Nero women's quartet (Poland);

the flute trio of flute, key and cello Imaginario Barroco (Argentina) and the classical flute quartet formed by traverso, violins and cello called Nuri Collective, created at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya by musicians from South Korea, Sweden and Italy.

Created in Poland in 2015, Quartetto Nero specializes in Baroque music, Classicism and the first Romanticism.

The Quartetto Nero concert will be next Tuesday, July 24 at the church of Santiago el Mayor, in Totana, where at 20.30 the string ensemble will perform several pieces by Georg Philipp Telemmann and Joseph Haydn.

Those responsible for putting the old music on Wednesday 25 will be the Argentinian Imaginario Barroco, a trio of recent training that has prepared its program with an impeccable interpretation historically informed.

In the concert, which will be held at 20.30 in the Chapel of Mary Immaculate New Houses (Mula), you can hear pieces of Bach, Händel, Telemann, Corelli, Barsanti, Geminiani and Couperin, among others.

The newly opened group Nuri Collective will be the last of the resident groups to delight the Murcian public.

His musical specialty ranges from the Baroque to more contemporary music, although his interpretations focus on the gallant style and the virtuosity of European Classicism.

The concert will take place in the Sala de las Tinajas of the Town Hall of Pliego and will have two sessions, one at 20.30 and another at 21.30.

The three resident groups will receive training during their residency at ECOS Festival, in a workshop organized especially for them by Early Music Project together with Manfredo Kraemer, and which is possible thanks to the collaboration with the Cultural Service of the University of Murcia, Campus Mare Nostrum, the Professional Conservatory of Music of Murcia and the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya.

The three resident ensembles will also participate in the session 'Early Music Night', an event that will put the finishing touch to ECOS Festival during the night of Saturday, July 28, in which both the groups and the audience will enjoy the ancient music in a nocturnal and relaxed atmosphere, with competitions and raffles for the public, 'foodtrucks' and a session of baroque-jazz music, which will take place in the Aledo Tower and its surroundings.


In addition to working with resident groups, Manfredo Kraemer will give the Chamber Music Workshop, programmed as a training offer by the international academy of ECOS Festival.

Those selected to participate in the training of the Argentine master have been the groups L'Ampastratta (Valencia), Ars Quartetae (Murcia) and a group of musicians from the Orchestra of the University of Murcia.

They will be responsible for giving the children's concerts of the 'Early Music Kids' project, which will schedule musical events between July 23 and 27 for the youngest ones at ECOS Festival;

an initiative sponsored by Obra Social 'La Caixa'.

You can check all the programming, as well as proceed to the purchase of tickets, through the web

Source: Agencias

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