This is an enchanting mix of both lively and meditative tracks of early music, sure to surprise and delight general audiences and scholars alike. Recorded in surround sound, this disc of stark intensity brings special appeal to students and scholars of the poetry and music from medieval France and Spain, as well as those of Women’s Studies. Liner notes supply expert translations.
Fioretto Ensemble was founded in Finland in 1997 by its artistic director Debra Gomez-Tapio and historical dancers Mirja-Liisa Herhi and Antti Talvio. With an emphasis in medieval music, Fioretto Ensemble performs programs that encompass many eras of early music.
Originally from New York and currently residing in Finland, Debra Gomez-Tapio is the artistic director of Fioretto Ensemble. She received a Master’s Degree in Early Music at Sarah Lawrence College and did further studies in Early Music under a Fulbright Scholarship at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland. She performs, teaches and holds master classes in Europe and America as well as is artistic director of Lumous Ensemble and the Handel Choir of Tampere, Finland.
Kay Stonefelt is a Professor of Music and Chair of the Percussion Studies Area at SUNY Fredonia, where she teaches private studio lessons and conducts the SUNY Fredonia Percussion Ensemble. Kay joined the Fredonia School of Music faculty in 1993 while she was concurrently the recipient of a Fulbright Senior Scholar Research Grant to Ghana, West Africa.