Akoé: Nuevas Musicas Antiguas

Akoé: Nuevas Musicas Antiguas
Taracea, Rainer Seiferth
ALPHA 597. 51’13


This is the debut recording of the Madrid-based Taracea ensemble, the core trio expanded by three guest musicians. They describe the ancient Greek word Akoé as “the poetic concept of remembered sound, the idea of giving noise a meaning and a sense of order to prevent it from being forgotten.” Taking well-known pieces from the Medieval and Renaissance they mould a new sound world that evolved from a holiday-like recording session in a remote location. The music combines early music, jazz and improvisation to “create a bridge between past and present”. 

The result is an eclectic range of sounds and aural images, the original piece not always easy to detect amongst the exotic sounds and rhythms. The six musicians are Belén Nieto, flute & recorder, Rainer Seiferth, arrangements & vihuela (a Spanish version of the lute), Miguel Rodrigáñez, double bass, with guests Isabel Martín, voice & percussion, David Mayoral, percussion (zarb, riq & darbuka), and Michel Godard, serpent. One piece, Juan del Encina’s Ay Triste, Que Vengo is sung by Isabel Martín.

The notes come in English, French and German, and reflect the exotic background to the recording, explained further in the video link below.

John Dowland (1563-1626): Preludio; Come again, sweet love
Giulio Caccini (c1545-1618): Amarilli mia bella
Anon: Cuchilleros
Heinrich Isaac (c1450-1517): Innsbruck, ich muss dich lassen
Anon: Marizápalos
Juan del Encina (1469-1529): Ay Triste, Que Vengo
Josquin Despres (c1440-1521): Mille Regretz
Adrian Le Roy (c1520-98): Passemeze
Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179): O quam mirabilis
Claudin de Sermisy (c1490-1562): Tant que vivray