Cantoría is a vocal ensemble specialized in the Iberian Golden Age repertoire and conducted by Jorge Losana. It was formed in the summer of 2016 at the International Early Music Festival of Sierra Espuña (Murcia), although it has its origins in the Early Music Department of the High School of Music of Catalonia (Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya – ESMUC, Barcelona).
In 2017, the group has been selected for the Eeemerging 2018 (Emerging European Ensembles) programme. Also, this 2017 they have been selected as a young promise by IYAP (International Young Artist’s Presentation) of Antwerp, the fringe edition of MA Early Music Festival of Bruges and the fringe edition of the prestigious Festival Oude Muziek de Utrecht, together with other young professional ensembles from all over Europe. It is part of GEMA, the Association of Spanish Early Music Ensembles and has the support of ICA, the Institute of Cultural Industries and Arts of the Murcia Region and the Catalonia College of Music (ESMUC).
Since its founding in 2016, it has given concerts in different Spanish venues, highlighting its presence in events like the Internacional Festival ‘Murcia Tres Culturas’, ‘Simfònic’ of Barcelona, the Festival de Música Antigua y Barroca de Lorca, and concerts in Trieste, Aquitania and Lanzarote. All these concerts of course run alongside their regular agenda of concerts in Murcia, Barcelona and Madrid, both in programmes prepared by the Early Music Project Platform that has several dissemination projects open for early music, as well as independent activities.
Cantoría’s repertoire is mainly based on the music of the Spanish Golden Century and the Italian Renaissance. Combined with the respect and investigation of historic interpretation techniques, Cantoría likes to explore and take advantage of the theatrical and expressive character of vocal Renaissance music. For this purpose, they frequently work with instrument players specialised in historic performing, searching for new perspective of the relationship between the voice, text, body and emotions. Likewise, Cantoría collaborates with Teatro Strapatto, an theater company with specialists on 16th and 17th century theater, in the performance of its productions and shows, among others Entremeses y Ensaladas, a show with the best samples of the ensaladas repertoire by Mateo Flecha and the entremeses of Lope de Rueda; and Arlecchinesco, a comedy of art show and madrigals of Claudio Monteverdi which presents a review of the myth of Orpheus from the point of view of ‘Hellekin’ or Harlequin.
The ensemble entered the EEEMERGING programme in 2018 and has been selected for a third year of support in 2020.
Inés Alonso soprano
Francisco Braojos counter-tenor
Jorge Losana tenor and conductor
Valentín Miralles bass