Suonar Cantando

The Croatian violinist Bojan Cicic got steeped in the music of the Venetian school of the 16th and 17th centuries, looking for the influence it exerted on the areas across the bay, at the east coast of the Adriatic Sea. With the assistance of the department of musicology of the University of Oxford he managed to uncover a treasure of hitherto unknown music.

Francesco Usper is one of the composers on the programme. Born in Parenzo (now Poreč, Croatia) he relocated to Venice with a view to studying with Andrea Gabrieli. Later he was appointed organist at San Marco basilica. Suonar Cantando also presents works by lesserknown Croatian composers who were active around 1600, and connects this music with the then authoritative treatises on diminutions (ornamentation with short notes).

I.c.w. Jumpstart Jr. Foundation, Organisatie Oude Muziek, Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ, Concertgebouw Brugge & BOZAR

Esther Brazil, soprano | Raffaele Pe,alto | NN, tenor | NN, bass | Gawain Glenton, cornett | Bojan Cicic, violin & artistic direction | Eligio Quinteiro, lute | Mahan Esfahani, organ

Work by Gabriello Puliti, Giovanni Bassano, Girolamo dalla Casa, Andrea Antico da Montona e.a.

To hear some of Bojans recordings click here.