LIFEM | 9-12 November 2022


Saturday 12th November 2022, 6.00pm

St. Michael & All Angels, Pond Road, Blackheath SE3 9JL

Taracea is a Madrid-based early music group formed in 2017. In their imaginative arrangements, they combine early traditional and contemporary sounds borrowed from Jazz and Mediterranean Music. Their first album Akoé - Nuevas Músicas Antiguas was released in 2020 by the Alpha Classics label and received excellent reviews from the European press (‘...for anyone interested in an innovative approach to early music, Akoé will surprise and delight.’ BBC Classical Music magazine).

On their recent second album Desvíos a Santiago (‘Side roads to Santiago’), Taracea focuses on medieval, renaissance and traditional pilgrim songs.

The group has played at some of the most important Spanish early music festivals such as FEMAG Gijón, Semana de Música Antigua de Logroño and Festival en el Camino de Santiago.


Programme - Saturday 12th November 2022, 6.00pm

Taracea - Desvíos a Santiago (Detours to Santiago)

“The word road in my case will never mean anything other than a detour, the eternal labyrinth made by the traveller that allows himself to be lured by a side road and then by the side road of that side road, by the mystery of the unknown place name on a road sign”, says the Dutch author Cees Nooteboom in his book Roads to Santiago, a beautifully written diary of his journeys through Spain.

This interest in veering off the beaten track and losing oneself joyously in promising horizons is also the driving force of Taracea’s work. In their latest programme, the Spanish ensemble looks at ancient pilgrim songs, spanning from the Middle Ages to the early baroque. In their eclectic arrangements, early music and modern improvisation, as well as elements from popular and Mediterranean music come together in a surprisingly harmonious way that already characterised the group’s first recording Akoé (2020 Alpha Classics).

In their UK debut at LIFEM, Taracea will present pieces from both albums.

Isabel Martín, voice and percussion

Belén Nieto, recorders and traverso

Rainer Seiferth, vihuela

Miguel Rodrigáñez, double bass

David Mayoral, percussion


This is the estimated programme, the order of pieces is not yet definitive:

Hildegard von Bingen  O quam mirabilis est

Trad. France 16th century Quand nous partimes de France

Étienne Moulinié  Repicavan las campanillas

Llibre Vermell de Montserrat  Polorum regina

Vincenzo Capirola  Balletto

Martín Codax  Mia irmana fremosa

John Dowland  Come again

Alfonso X of Castille  Cantiga 181

Heinrich Isaac Innsbruck, ich muss Dich lassen

Faustino Santalices  Romance de Don Gaiferos

Johann Hieronymus Kapsberger  Gagliarda III

Padre Donostia  Urrundik


Approx. finish time 8.00pm.