Ensemble Lucidarium

  • Type of music played: Medieval, Renaissance
  • Type of Ensemble: Chamber ensemble
  • Number of players in group: 7-10
  • Fee range of programs: ask for a quote
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Name of performers in the ensemble and the instruments they play: 
Avery Gosfield: recorder, pipe and tabor, double flute, artistic direction; Francis Biggi: lute, cetra, colascione, viola da mano, artistic direction; Gloria Moretti: voice; Marco Ferrari: recorder, dulcian, shawm, bagpipe, double flute; Massimiliano Dragoni: percussion, hammer dulcimer. Regular guest artists: Enrico Fink: voice, narration; Barbara Ceron Olvera, Veracruz harp and voice; Marie-Pierre Duceau, Lionel Desmeules, Mauro Borgioni: voice; Elisabetta Benfenati: Renaissance guitar; Bettina Hoffman: vielle; Martine Zbylut Marincola: commediante 
Paragraph about the ensemble: 
Lucidarium is a medieval and Renaissance ensemble, specialized in bringing little-known repertoires back to life for 21st century audiences. Much of the group’s research is devoted to the comparison of historical sources with traditional music and poetry, in a continuing study of the relationship between oral and written transmission. Each project is the fruit of a long period of research and preparation, resulting in a different sonority for each program: a vivacious combination of voices and instruments with the freedom in execution which comes from a solid knowledge of musical style and historical background. From its founding, this combination of meticulous preparation, joyful improvisation and energetic music-making has brought both popular and critical acclaim to the ensemble. Their program, “La Istoria de Purim: Music and poetry of the Jews of Renaissance Italy,” winner of the EAJC award for musical creation, has had more than 75 performances from Berkeley to Budapest.
Booking Contact Information
Booking Contact Person: 
Avery Gosfield
Booking Contact Address: 
552 Bethlehem Pike
Booking Contact City: 
Fort Washington
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Booking Contact Country: 
United States
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Educational/Outreach add-ons available: 
All programs are available in educational/outreach versions, built around specific age groups and interests. Some examples: The Renaissance Roots of Comedy; (for children 8-16 years old) Includes hands-on contact with masks and props, Renaissance dancing lessons, slide show. Jewish Music through the Ages (for children 6-16 years old) Includes Renaissance dancing lesson, participation in a 16th century Purim play. Jewish Life in Italy (for adults) a lecture/demonstration with visual and musical examples discussing the unique musical and cultural heritage of Italy's Jews
Titles of touring programs for 2012-13: 
NEW PROGRAMS: Con l'Arte e con l'Inganno: The Musical Roots of the Commedia dell'Arte; Hombres di Maiz: echoes of the Italian Renaissance in the Mexican Popular Tradition; Kehi Kinnor: a Jewish Wedding in the Renaissance; ARS ITALICA Macchine: Science and Music from the Age of Leonardo da Vinci; Ninfale: Ovid, poetry and music at the dawn of the Renaissance; Una Musa Plebea: Minor Repertoires from the Italian Renaissance; Il Moro di Granata: Anima mediterranea in the Music of the Italian Renaissance; ARS HEBRAICA Ayn neue Lid: When Yiddish was Young; La Istoria de Purim: Music and Poetry of the Italian Jews in the Renaissance; Hotel and travel costs negotiable, total fees depend on number of musicians and tour schedule
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O Gratiosa Viola.mp3
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02 Les Catherines resave.mp3
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Ensemble's touring schedule for the past three years: 
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