TASTO SOLO

An acclaimed ensemble in the Early Music world, directed by the organetto player Guillermo Pérez, Tasto Solo claim and re-discovers virtuosic and highly refined musical repertoires from the 14th and 15th centuries where gothic keyboard instruments became the cornerstone. The group combines historical research and organological reconstruction with an experimental work in which the performers imagine and recreate the techniques and expressive means characteristic of the clavisimbala, organetti and harps of that period. The first ensemble’s CD, “Meyster ob allen Meystern”, published by Passacaille/Musica Vera label, has been described as “a recording that will be undoubtedly a reference in the field of medieval music for many years” (CD Compact magazine), received the celebrated “Diapason d’Or” (Diapason Magazine) as well as a large amount of awards from the international press. 

Each concert of Tasto Solo is a unique event. The group pays full attention to every detail, including staging, dramatic rhythm and the interaction between the different pieces of the programme. The audience, inexperienced or connoisseur, is seduced from the first moment, overwhelmed by the sensuality and sonorities of the unusual collection of instruments. Creative spontaneity, improvisation and dialogue between artists emerge from the musical narrative that is only over when the final applause begins. 


TASTO SOLO © Thomas Guillin

TASTO SOLO © Thomas Guillin

In 2006 the ensemble won the IYAP Early-Music competition presenting for first time nowadays the astonishing duo recital organetto-clavisimbalum performed by Guillermo Pérez and the renowned medieval harpsichord player David Catalunya. The group developed including regular members Reinhild Waldek and Angélique Mauillon (gothic harps), Andrés Alberto Gómez (gothic organ), Pau Marcos (fiddle), featuring guest artists and collaborating with theatre, dance and vocal projects. 

Tasto Solo is by now one of the leading ensembles on the field of late medieval music and performs regularly at the most prestigious European festivals and venues: Bruges Concertgebouw, Antwerp's AMUZ and Laus Polyphoniae Festival, Utrecht Oude Muziek Festival, Russia Early Music Foundation, Brussels BOZAR, Berlin Konzerthaus, Festival de Regensburg, Fondation Royaumont, Festival de Saintes, Festival de Ribeauvillé, Printemps des Arts de Nantes, Festival de Montfaucon, Toulouse les Orgues, WDR Festival, Festival Radovljica, Les Concerts de Saint Germain, La Folia Rougemont, Bergen Medieval Music Days, Semana Internacional del Órgano de Granada, L'Auditori de Barcelona, Festival de Música Antigua de Sevilla, Santiago de Compostela, Olivares, Toledo…

Tasto Solo 3.1 © Luís Duarte.jpg

TASTO SOLO © Luís Duarte

In 2016 the group will complete a recording trilogy devoted to the 15th century keyboard music by presenting the CD "Le chant de leschiquier” (Diapason d’Or, June 2015, and many other awards: 4/4 Classica Magazine, Grossartig-KulturRadio, Disco Excepcional-Revista Scherzo, Coup de Coeur-France Musique, Dischi del Mese-Amadeus…) and producing a new recording devoted to the Marian liturgy preserved in the Buxheim Codex. The ensemble also features its more intimate constellation, organetto and clavisimbalum, with an astonishing project around the keyboard players at Herny VIII court. 


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