Presenting an imaginative programme of music and dance, this festival features performances of Greek, Roman, Scandinavian and Irish music from prehistory to the renaissance informed by archaeology & musicology.
Presenting an imaginative programme of music and dance, Galway Early Music Festival 2014 will feature performances of Greek, Roman, Scandinavian and Irish music from prehistory to the renaissance informed by archaeology & musicology.
Have you ever heard a tibia, or a carnyx or lyr? Wondered what Nero ‘fiddled’ as Rome burned or what Larry Loinsigh’s harp sounded like? This year’s festival presents a series of concerts, lectures and workshops by the foremost European ensembles and researchers who not only ask the questions, but replicate the instruments and interpret the written and artistic sources to create a fascinating glimpse into the early musical culture of Europe. The 2014 festival will follow the development of European Music from ancient to early medieval and renaissance music in a programme guaranteed to delight and astonish.
Featuring ensembles from Italy, Germany, Sweden and Ireland, the programme is colourful both musically and visually. Musicians perform on instruments such as Roman tibia and lyres, the Celtic carnyx and bronze horn, the Irish harp, renaissance shawms, and percussion to bring to life music that has been silent for millennia. Lectures and presentations show how the archaeo-musicological study of surviving instruments, images of music making, and descriptions of music and instruments in surviving literature can help to reconstruct the music.
GEM is honoured to be associate partners with the European Music Archaeology Project (EMAP), with whose help they present this adventurous and entertaining exploration of the roots of European music.