ensemble Faenza


A versatile musician – vocals, theorbo, guitar, lirone, vielle, citole – he approaches early music in a singular way which keeps him far from beaten paths: he left for four years to study Southern Indian music with singer Aruna Sairam; he studied Medieval and Renaissance music at the Schola Cantorum in Basel with Dominique Vellard and Bob Crawford Young, before joining ensembles such as Gilles Binchois, Alla Francesca, La Simphonie du Marais, XVIII-21, Akademia, La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy, William Byrd, Huelgas Ensemble, Le Poème Harmonique and Artaserse (Philippe Jarousski). In 1996, he created the ensemble, Faenza.

Marco Horvat is one of the rare pioneers in self-accompanied singing. Convinced that this historical practice – almost forgotten today – is indispensable in order to come close to the character of certain 17th-century music, he brings together in Faenza other artists who have mastered this practice.

The ensemble has developed an artistic approach that favors light forms in which the conditions for the diffusion of music written for an intimate setting are redefined. Accordingly, the ensemble is not only at ease in the sphere of spectacles and staged concerts, but also in that of « traditional » early music concerts.

Faenza travels voluntarily across the countryside of France’s Grand Est where it is based - with often unconventional programming - as well as to great concert halls and international festivals: the Cité de la Musique, the Festival baroque de Pontoise, the Automne musical de Versailles, the Festival de Lanvellec, the Festival Bach d’Arques-la-Bataille, the Festival de Saintes, the Festival d’Ambronay, the Festival d’Avignon, the Festival de Maguelone, Flâneries Musicales de Reims, La Comète - Scène nationale de Châlons-en-Champagne, the Festival de Musique ancienne de Bruges, Oude Muziek Utrecht, Mazovia goes Baroque (Poland), the Festival des Flandres, Suona Francese, the Semana de Música Antigua de Estella (Spain), the Copenhagen Renaissance Festival, the Festival de Musica Antigua de Gijon (Spain), Teatri di Petra, Musica Antica Antonio il Verso Palermo, Villa Musica (Germany), and the MusikfestSpiele in Potsdam…

For the label Alpha, Faenza has recorded: Il Giardino di Giulio Caccini - a recital, La Semaine Mystique - devotional music under Louis XIII, and Les Musiques de l’Astrée -polyphonic court airs, and for the label agOgique: Amorosa Fenice - dedicated to the rediscovery of Giulio San Pietro de’ Negri’s work, and Madrigali e sonate di Giovanni Zamboni, which explores the fascinating domain of the 18th-century madrigal.

The ensemble was in residence from 2008 until 2012 at the Théâtre Louis Jouvet of Rethel in the Ardennes region, and from 2012 to 2014 in a regional residence that comprised five cities in the Ardennes. From 2014 through 2016, Faenza was the resident ensemble at the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne (URCA).

FAENZA is subsidized by the Région Grand Est and by the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication DRAC-Grand Est.

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Translations by Sally Gordon Mark

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