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Name of performers in the ensemble and the instruments they play:
Susie Napper, viola da gamba; Margaret Little, viola da gamba
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Their musical complicity has been compared to the skill of two trapeze artists or the telepathic communion of a pair of jazz saxophonists! SUSIE NAPPER and MARGARET LITTLE, the two gambists of Les Voix humaines, have been thrilling audiences worldwide with dashing performances of early music for viols since 1985. They are renowned for their spectacular arrangements for two viols and have become a world reference for the music of Sainte-Colombe. After being awarded a DIAPASON D’OR for their world premiere complete recording of Sainte-Colombe's “Concerts a deux violes esgales”, they received the PERFORMERS OF THE YEAR Opus Award (2007) from the CQM. The duo has recorded over thirty discs which have received critical acclaim and prestigious awards. They have toured in North America, Mexico, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Israel. Since 2001 they also perform as “Les Voix humaines Consort of Viols” with Mélisande Corriveau and Elin Söderström.
Educational/Outreach add-ons available:
THE SUN KING - the life of Louis the fourteenth through stories, anecdotes and French repertoire for two viols - can be adapted for shcool children of all ages. THE SUN QUEEN - the history of the viol from its origin in the middle ages to its decline with the French Revolution - for older students and adults.
Titles of touring programs for 2012-13:
FOLIES - arrangements for two viols of Rameau, Couperin, Lebègue, Marais. SAINTE-COLOMBE & MARAIS: MASTER & PUPIL. LES TENDRES REGRETS - "Concerts a deux violes esgales" by Sainte-Colombe. OH HENRY! - Henry Purcell's complete Fantasias for viols with Les Voix humaines Consort of Viols. FAIREST VIOL - songs and viol Fantasias by Henry Purcell with Catherine Webster, soprano, and Les Voix humaines Consort of Viols. AY QUE SI! - Spanish and French program with Suzie LeBlanc, soprano, and Sylvain Bergeron, lute and guitar.
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