Marco Beasley, tenor
Stefano Rocco, theorbo and baroque guitar
Fabio Accurso, lute
Didem Başar, kanun
Elinor Frey, cello
Tanya LaPerrière, violin
Patrick Graham, percussion
Kiya Tabassian, setar, voice, leader
Kürdi Pishrow - Sultan Korkut (1467-1513)
Quest'amore quest'arsura - Canto tradizionale
Che si può fare - Barbara Strozzi (1619-1677)
Uyan ey Gözlerim Gefletten Uyan, Ali Ufki (1610-1675)- lyrics Sultan Murat III
Notte - Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda - Claudio Monteverdi
Fath-e Bâb - Nikriz Pishrow Ali Ufki
Dalla porta d’Oriente - Giulio Caccini (1551-1618)
Mezmur/Psalm 2 - Maqam Bouselik - Ali Ufki (1610-1675)
Fronni d'alia - Canto tradizionale
Dialogo di Tancredi e Clorinda
Chashme Mast - Huseyni Ayir Semai - Shishtari Murad
Ostinato vo seguire - Bartolomeo Tromboncino (c. 1470 –1535) Venezia 1509
La Canella / Tocha Tocha La Canella - Pietro Paolo Borrono (1490-1563)
Como sencza la vita - Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda
Compendium Tarantulae - Athanasius Kircher
Morte di Clorinda - Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda
Born in 1957, Marco Beasley did musical studies at the University of Bologna where he deepened his knowledge of the two stylistic pivots of the late Renaissance – recitar cantando and sacred and secular polyphony. He thus began an active concert career which quickly took him to some of the most prestigious venues, from the Mozarteum in Salzburg to the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, from the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome to the Lincoln Center in New York.
In 1984, he cofounded Accordone together with Guido Morini and Stefano Rocco. Most recordings of his ample and wide-ranging discography are with this ensemble, which he chose to leave in 2014 in order to venture down an even more personal and independent path. His personal research into vocal production and the intelligibility of sung texts have earned him the praise of an ever-increasing public. In 2009, the Dutch VSCD (Association of Theater and Concert Halls) nominated him for Best Performer of the Year.
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Constantinople is a musical ensemble that chose the journey as its foundation—geographical journeys, but also historical, cultural and inner. It also seeks inspiration from all sources, and aims for distant horizons.
Inspired by the ancient city illuminating East and West, the ensemble was conceived as a forum for encounters and cross-fertilization in 1998, in Montreal. Since then, as seasoned travelers, the musicians of the ensemble have explored a wide range of musical avenues: from mediaeval manuscripts to contemporary aesthetics, from Mediterranean Europe to Eastern traditions and New World Baroque.
In its research and creations, Constantinople joins forces with other leading figures on the international scene. The common denominator that Constantinople brings into play when merging different musical styles is their modal expression, but also their decidedly contemporary—and thus unifying—language.
Alongside its tours in Europe, Middle East and America, Constantinople presents every year a concert season in Montreal, featuring new works. Most of its productions have been recorded and broadcast by CBC/Radio-Canada, and some have been relayed to European audiences via the European Broadcasting Union. Constantinople has 16 albums to its credit on labels Analekta, Atma, World Village, Buda Musique et MaCase. The ensemble is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, and the Conseil des arts de Montréal.
Over the course of the decade, the ensemble has created over 40 new works and traveled to nearly 125 cities in 25 countries.
At age 14, Kiya Tabassian emigrated with his family to Quebec from Iran, bringing with him some initial musical training in ancient Persian music (setar and vocals) and a fledgling musical career. Determined to become a musician, composer and historical torchbearer, he continued his self-education in Persian music, meeting frequently with Reza Gassemi and Kayhan Kalhor. At the same time, he studied composition at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal with Gilles Tremblay and Michel Gonneville. In 1998, he co-founded Constantinople with the idea of developing an ensemble for musical creation that draws from the heritage of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, of Europe, and of the Mediterranean and the Middle East. Serving as its artistic director, Kiya has developed close to 40 programs with his ensemble, which continues to be met with unparalleled acclaim by audiences around the world.
He has performed on stages throughout the world and collaborated on many eclectic projects as a composer, performer and improviser. These have included regular collaborations with Radio-Canada since 1996; participation in the international MediMuses project as a member of the group researching the history and repertoire of Mediterranean music and as a contributor on several publishing and recording initiatives from 2002 to 2005; musical collaborations with the Atlas Ensemble (Holland) and, as a tutor, with the Atlas Academy, on a dual project aimed at linking contemporary music with oral traditions, since 2009.
Numerous musical groups and institutions have called upon his talents as a composer, including the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne and the European Broadcasting Union. He has also composed music for documentary and feature films, including Jabaroot and Voices of the Unheard.
In the summer of 2017, he was named associate artist at the prestigious Rencontres musicales de Conques festival (formerly the Conques, la Lumière du Roman music festival), where he presented three of his most recent creations with Constantinople, Dalla Porta d’Oriente, Crossings and Beyond the Horizon.
Kiya was a member of the Conseil des arts de Montréal for seven years, serving as chair of the music decision-making committee for three years. He recently received a mandate from the Conseil québécois de la musique to set up a committee that will examine the role of music from around the world within the context of performance music. His desire to be involved and engaged with the musical community and Quebec society led him, in 2017, to co-found the Centre des musiciens du monde in Montreal, for which he will serve as artistic director.
His artistic projects and creations have received the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Conseil des arts de Montréal.