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The Cantoría ensemble shows its vocal expertise at ECOS Festival (22/07/2018)

Listening to some 'Bad Languages' was never as pleasant as on the night of this Saturday, when the ensemble Cantoría, led by Jorge Losana, played his new program of Renaissance pieces in the plaza of the church of Librilla.

For almost an hour, the group, composed by Inés Alonso (soprano), Samuel Tapia (countertenor), Jorge Losana (tenor and direction) and Valentín Miralles (bass), delighted the audience with works by Mateo Flecha 'El Viejo', Francisco Guerrero and Juan de la Enzina.

With this concert, attended by Mar Hernández, mayor of Librilla;

María Senena Corbalán, vice-rector for Internationalization, and Vanessa Galián, Councilor for Integration, Social Dynamization and Culture;

the ensemble made its artistic reappearance in the territory where they were born.

Since they emerged as a group in 2016 during the first edition of the ECOS International Festival of Ancient Music of Sierra Espuña, the vocal quartet has not stopped growing and promoting its international projection.

After being selected by the European program EEEmerging for 2018, Cantoría began to reap international successes, among which its concerts in the Italian festival Wunderlammer Trieste stand out;

the artistic residency at the Ghislierimusica Institute, located in the city of Pavia;

his participation in the Belgian event Albanova Festival and in the French cycle 'La Cité de la Voix'.

During this year, in addition, they have also become part of the network of professional groups of ancient music NOEME, which will send several of its representatives to this edition of ECOS Festival, to offer resident groups advice and training in communication, management cultural and social networks.

Organized by the Early Music Project platform together with Territorio Sierra Espuña, ECOS Festival welcomes another of its star groups tonight: the Ensemble ECOS of Sierra Espuña, the festival's musical representative.

An incomparable and exclusive performance in which they will sing 'Vespers of the Cathedral of Orihuela', recovered thanks to a joint research project of the Higher Center for Scientific Research in which the University of Murcia participates.

The meeting will take place this Sunday at the Sanctuary of Santa Eulalia, in Totana, at 20.30.


From the 18th to the 28th of July, Aledo, Alhama de Murcia, Librilla, Mula, Pliego and Totana will be able to enjoy numerous experiences of ancient music, among which the concert that stands out for its mastery and professionalism with the strings and its international prestige the Argentine violinists Manfredo Kraemer and Guadalupe del Moral will offer.

The appointment will be next Friday July 27 at 9:00 pm in the cloister of the Convent of San Francisco, in Mula, where they will perform the program 'Three Centuries, Two Continents', with Hungarian, French, Brazilian and Argentine scores.

The success of the first four days of the ECOS Festival has been overwhelming.

At the level of attendance, it is worth noting that the first three concerts sold out, leaving the audience with full satisfaction that they transmitted to the artists at the end of each evening.

ECOS Festival began Wednesday 18th with the overwhelming triumph of Pablo Zapico and Daniel Zapico in the Estrecho de la Agualeja de Aledo;

Behind them, Baroque Imaginary surprised in the municipality of El Berro, and the trio Les Tambourins filled its two baroque music sessions at the Los Baños Archaeological Museum, in Alhama.


The poster for this edition is completed by the three international groups that attend this year's academic residency at ECOS Festival.

The chosen ones for this 2018 have been the Quartetto Nero women's quartet (Poland);

the trio of flute of peak, key and cello Imaginario Barroco (Argentina) and the quintet L'Ampastaratta of flute of peak, violin, baroque cello, historical percussion and voice.

Created in Poland in 2015, Quartetto Nero specializes in Baroque music, Classicism and the first Romanticism.

The Quartetto Nero concert will be next Tuesday, July 24 at the church of Santiago el Mayor, in Totana, where at 20.30 the string ensemble will perform several pieces by Georg Philipp Telemmann and Joseph Haydn.

Those responsible for putting the old music on Wednesday 25 will be the Argentinian Imaginario Barroco, a trio of recent training that has prepared its program with an impeccable interpretation historically informed.

In the concert, which will be held at 20.30 in the Chapel of Mary Immaculate New Houses (Mula), you can hear pieces of Bach, Händel, Telemann, Corelli, Barsanti, Geminiani and Couperin, among others.

L'Ampastaratta will be the last of the resident groups to delight the Murcian public.

The group has joined the ECOS Festival program after the unexpected fall of the Nuni Collective ensemble.

The concert will take place in the Sala de las Tinajas of the Town Hall of Pliego and will have two sessions, one at 20.30 and another at 21.30.

The three resident groups will receive training during their residency at ECOS Festival, in a workshop organized especially for them by Early Music Project together with Manfredo Kraemer, and which is possible thanks to the collaboration with the Cultural Service of the University of Murcia, Campus Mare Nostrum, the Professional Conservatory of Music of Murcia and the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya.

The three resident ensembles will also participate in the session 'Early Music Night', an event that will put the finishing touch to ECOS Festival during the night of Saturday, July 28, in which both the groups and the audience will enjoy the ancient music in a nocturnal and relaxed atmosphere, with competitions and raffles for the public, 'foodtrucks' and a session of baroque-jazz music, which will take place in the Aledo Tower and its surroundings.


In addition to working with resident groups, Manfredo Kraemer will give the Chamber Music Workshop, programmed as a training offer by the international academy of ECOS Festival.

Those selected to participate in the training of the Argentine master have been the groups L'Ampastratta (Valencia), Ars Quartetae (Murcia) and a group of musicians from the Orchestra of the University of Murcia.

They will be responsible for giving the children's concerts of the 'Early Music Kids' project, which will schedule musical events between July 23 and 27 for the youngest ones at ECOS Festival;

an initiative sponsored by Obra Social 'La Caixa'.

You can check all the programming, as well as proceed to the purchase of tickets, through the web

The performance of the ECOS International Festival of Ancient Music of Sierra Espuña is possible thanks to the organization of Territorio Sierra Espuña and Early Music Project, in coordination with the municipalities of Aledo, Alhama de Murcia, Librilla, Mula, Pliego and Totana;

with the support of the University of Murcia, Campus Mare Nostrum, Region of Murcia, Institute of Cultural Industries and Arts, Costa Calida, Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya, Conservatory of Music of Murcia, Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities;

and the sponsorship of the Cajamurcia Foundation, Obra Social 'La Caixa', Coato, Autocares Espuña 2.0, Hotel Jardines de La Santa and Juan Gil Bodegas Familiares.

Source: ECOS Festival

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