The Trobar & Joglar
with Jive Faury, Juggler
12th-13th century songs in occitan - the old French language
from the South of France - with instrumental dances
Medieval Jewish Songs from the North of France
Non è tempo d’aspettare
16th century Polyphonic songs from Italy (frottole)
Jubilo cum carmine
Splendor of Royal Chapels
in Bohemia, Burgundy and England (15th c)
Dates and Fees available upon request
Internationally recognized for the quality of its performances and the originality of its projects, Alla francesca specializes in songs and instrumental dances from the Middle Ages. Their performances, both lively and poetic, have reached maturity after many years of research and are intimate and always full of life and musical inventiveness.
Co-directed by Pierre Hamon and Brigitte Lesne and comprised of up to ten musicians and singers, the ensemble experiments with different approaches to find the very best musical interpretation, historically plausible and respectful of original sources. The accent is put on instrumental techniques – searching for subtle playing and articulations adapted to dance music and a singer’s accompaniment – and on a specific vocal approach – based on diction, line and legato which support the rich poetic texts of this repertoire.
Alla francesca concentrates its research on the period from the 12th to the 15th century, thus offering a true musical voyage, a festive and poetic kaleidoscope, apparently simple or extremely sophisticated. The repertoire contains music from France (Oc and Oïl language, troubadours, trouvères, motets), Spain (cantigas, Llibre vermell de Montserrat), Italy (Francesco Landini, istanpitte) and from the whole of 14th and 15th century Europe (Guillaume de Machaut, ars subtilior, Guillaume Dufay, French-Flemish and English repertoire, and Spanish song books). Certain programs also adopt various musical traditions that took root in the Middle Ages (Sephardic songs, tarantella’s, arabo-andalusian music…). Indeed, while referring to musicological research and medieval documents (musical manuscripts, treaties, literary works, account books), Alla francesca also willingly embraces living monodic traditions, whether popular, scholarly, European or oriental and as well as research by instrument makers. Furthermore the ensemble creates concerts, lectures and performances including storytellers, actors, jugglers or the women’s vocal ensemble Discantus, thus creating a complete palette of medieval sonorities.
Alla francesca performs regularly in the most important festivals and concert halls in France and throughout Europe. The ensemble has also toured Australia, Azerbaidjan, Canada, Colombia, India, Morocco, Mexico, New-Zealand, Russia, USA, and Turkmenistan and has recorded with Zig-Zag territoires, Opus 111, Virgin Classis and Jade. Among numerous awards, Alla Francesca has received the “ Early music Diapason d’or of the year 2000 ”.