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Kvinterna

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Since 1994, the ensemble has regularly appeared at home and abroad, taken part in European music festivals, records for radio and TV, and is involved in recording film music. The main interests of the ensemble are European Christian and Jewish music from the 13th. - 15th centuries, especially medieval Spanish, French, Italian and Bohemian songs.

In this connection, the ensemble focuses on the oriental influence in medieval European music, including using authentic Oriental instruments (for example ud, santur). They also perform court and sacred music from medieval Bohemia, especially from the time of the Emperor Charles IV, works by Guillaume de Machaut (France) and Francesco Landini (Italy), and the songs of the Sephardic Jews from Spain, Turkey, and the Balkans, as well as the synagogue chants of the Central European Ashkenazy Jews.

Kvinterna also reconstructs ritual music, inspired by medieval songs (the prophecies of Sibilla, the medieval alchemy cycle), performs their own alternative music, based on improvisation, and using the characteristic sound of medieval, ethnic and percussion instruments. Some of their projects are staged, linking music to expressive dance and the arts, involved in designing special stage designs (for example in projects Mystica 98, or Alchymia 2000, Terra mystica 2003).

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