Music in Italy: 1350-1450
The season continues with a visit from The Hague by the Ascoli Ensemble led by Sasha Zamler-Carhart. Their program will include the U.S. premiere of music from a recently-discovered medieval Italian manuscript and vocal works from the period 1350-1450. The six soloists of the ensemble hail from the Netherlands, England, France, and Bolivia.
The Ascoli Ensemble is a Holland-based vocal ensemble specialized in the performance of rare and unknown music from the Middle Ages. It consists of six singers from different countries. Each singer is both a specialist of early music performance and a scholar, contributing to the ensemble's musicological work of deciphering, transcribing and interpreting medieval manuscript sources. The ensemble gained international recognition in 2009 for its reconstruction and modern world premiere of new polyphonic repertoire from a recently discovered Italian manuscript. Its first CD, "I Frammenti Ascolani," came out in 2010 with a program of Italian, French and Flemish polyphony. Artistic director and tenor Sasha Zamler-Carhart is a professor of medieval music and Latin at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague, Holland. and all the singers are former students at the Royal Conservatoire. This concert is part of the Ascoli Ensemble's first US tour, which will culminate in a residency at MIT.