The GambaCast – Jonathan Dunford – Electric Viol – Tableau de l’operation de la Gambe
Jonathan Dunford – Electric Viol – Tableau de l’operation de la Gambe
“When the viola da gamba is confronted and subsequently linked to a Macintosh computer and digital sounds of our time, it is not just a magnificent instrument from the past, but clearly shows it’s wealth in tone quality, and is an incredible source of contemporary creation.”
About Jonathan Dunford
Jonathan Dunford has become one of the principal forces in bringing solo seventeenth century music for unaccompanied bass viol back to public attention.For over two decades he has performed to great critical acclaim in packed concert halls worldwide for a public moved and enthusiastic of his musical quality and his control of the instrument. His regular performances at the musée de la musique in Paris have convinced the many neophytes of the single and unutterable charm of the viola da gamba. He has sounded his viol in the most various places: museums, theatres, castles, mills and churches.He is invited regularly to large festivals as well as musical associations.Besides his activity as a performer, Jonathan DUNFORD is an avid researcher : he has worked in libraries and archives in the whole world on unedited music for the viol. He has published editions of this music for the Cahiers du Tourdion of Strasbourg, the Société Française de Musicologie, and has written articles for various newspapers, magazines as well as the New Grove’s Dictionary. He has also participated in countless conferences and radio broadcasts on the viol. In 2004 he was appointed curator of viol music at the Centre de Musique Baroque in Versailles.The abundant discography of Jonathan DUNFORD, devoted primarily to unedited music for the viol for Adès – Universal Music Classics is unanimously greeted by critics with prizes such as the ” diapason d’or ” or the ” choc de la musique “. We find him in diverse groups with a repertoire ranging from the 16th to 21st centuries : Renaissance Consort Music, Elizabethan Music with singers, baroque music as a solo player or in a small chamber group, traditional Chinese Music, or improvisations with the guitarist Fred Frith.
He performs as a solo player with his group “A 2 Violes Esgales” who he founded with the violist Sylvia Abramowicz and plays as part of the group XVIII-21 (Jean Christophe Frisch) or the . Baroque orchestra Le Parnasse Français.He has lived in Paris since 1985 and greatly appreciates the charm of the « city of lights ». About Benjamin MorandoHaving followed classical piano and violin study, Benjamin Morando becomes an iconoclast composer, harnessing electronic instruments to cultivate the musical fields with an energy only matched by his serious appetite for off-the-beaten tracks projects: Pentile, France Copland and Octet, whose first release was widely recognized by french and international publications (Le Monde, Libération, Les Inrockuptibles, Technikart, La Repubblica, Spex…).He performed in France and abroad in Montréal, New York, Berlin, Milan, Londres, Tokyo and Copenhague. He signed remixes for Beck, Ennio Morricone, Stephan Eicher, TTC. He is one of the master minds behind the famous Dirty compilations, recognized by the critics as essentials in any respectable music collection.
This video content is Copyright © 2009 Jonathan Dunford & Benjamin Morando and appears here on the GambaCast by permission. For more information on Jonathan Dunford & Benjamin Morando, visit http://a2violes.com/ & http://www.gentilshommes.com/who-are-we.html respectively. For other videos by Jonathan Dunford, please visit http://www.youtube.com/saintecolombe.
Based in the Chicago area, Dr. Serna works to bring the early western string instrument family known as the viola da gamba into many area schools – demonstrating solo literature from the Renaissance, Baroque and early Classical periods for treble viol, tenor viol, bass viol & violone. Please help us make viols accessible to both young and old.
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