ANNE AZÉMA (voice, hurdy gurdy, harp)
SHIRA KAMMEN (vielle, harp)


Léale Amie: Woman's Voice in Medieval Song (1200-1300)

CSEM - March 28, 29, 30, 31, April 1, 2019

Just back from appearances in the Netherlands, Anne Azéma (voice and hurdy gurdy) and Shira Kammen (vielle, harp), world-renowned leaders in the field of medieval music performance, return to participate in the spring of 2019 CSEM concert series. They offer Léale Amie, an exploration of female spirit and power in medieval history and imagination, via songs and poems from Medieval France. The works to be heard evoke both the archetypal symbols of the feminine, and medieval women in the flux of their lives and loves.  Passion, joy, sorrow, and humor inform these priceless treasures eight centuries old, yet ageless in their contemporaneity.  Aristocratic works (Lai del ievrefuel, Danse Réale, De fine amour vient séance et biautez, by Thibaut de Champagne), will rub shoulders with songs in a popular vein (Margot, Entre moi et mon amin), in this hour-long program, creating an intimate yet powerfully emotional experience.


Azéma and Kammen have recorded prolifically and toured worldwide; together, they devote their enormous skill, insight, and fantasy to the magnificent repertoires of medieval France, Provence, England and Spain. French-born Azéma brings a crystalline voice, a gift for theatre, and phenomenal language skills; Kammen brings virtuoso technique on vielle and harp, as well as her famous flair, drive, and humor. They most recently (2015, 2016, and 2017) taught together at Boston University and were in residency with The Boston Camerata at the prestigious Massachussets Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.  2015 also marked a return to the Théatre de la Ville, Paris, with Carmina Burana. They lead masterclasses in Venice (Cini Foundation) and Basel (Schola Cantorum). Other, recent collaborations, include Le Tournoi de Chauvency, based on a 14th century French narrative (2016); a large late medieval music project in collaboration with major Canadian, American and Dutch museums (2017); the newly edited and staged Play of Daniel, Daniel: A Masterpiece Revisited presented to critical and public acclaim (2014, 2017, 2018) and slated for more touring in the US and Europe (2020). The 2018-2019 season will see them tour in Holland, perform in Paris (Philarmonie), and record a new recital program  of English Medieval music (Mon in the mone).


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