Hear music from centuries past and help support the arts in Montreal! “Ensemble Musica Humana, a young and vibrant renaissance ensemble, is one member of Montreal’s growing early music scene,” said band member Laura Osterland. “We’re touring Montreal and premiering our new album, Al Alba de España: Music in the Time of Don Quixote. We hope to see you there!”
The year is 1492 and Granda, the last Muslim stronghold in Iberia, has been surrendered to the Catholic Monarchs, marking the completion of la Reconquista. The pillars of religious tolerance upheld by the Moors for eight centuries will crumble under Catholic rule and decades of persecution will culminate in the Spanish Inquisition. Centuries will pass and the legacy of the Jewish morreno and Arab morrisco, converted and exiled, will lay hidden in stories and dormant in forgotten songs, waiting for life to be breathed into them once more.
Ensemble Musica Humana includes three McGill University Schulich School of M
usic alumni: Konstantin Bozhinov (lute); Lidia Chang (flute); and Ms. Osterlund (recorder and vielle).(http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/ensemblemusicahumana).