It is already in the air: the ECOS International Festival of Early Music of Sierra Espuña is about to start its seventh edition. In these six editions, the ECOS Festival has managed to position itself as one of the most special festivals in the entire Region, with growth based on sustainability, extolling the treasures of Aledo, Librilla, Alhama de Murcia, Pliego, Mula and Totana, making music sound in its natural and patrimonial treasures.
It will be in these municipalities where the young talent of ancient music will find, for three weekends, the place where attendees will be transported centuries back through the senses.
The seventh edition shows “everything that the Sierra Espuña Territory has to offer”, as the director of the Festival, Jorge Losana, clarified during the press conference that took place this Wednesday morning at the Convent of San Francisco de Mula, on the occasion of the beginning of the musical meeting. In addition to being a sustainable festival and settling in the territory, it offers new experiences through smell with the aroma ‘Ecos de Sierra Espuña’, which will permeate each concert and also the Tourist Offices of the six municipalities, where a nebulizer will be installed so that visitors can breathe this land, as well as being able to get closer to old music through a ‘playlist’ that will be playing in these spaces. “For Iberchem, sustainability is important, since we work with natural raw materials to develop the fragrances, because it is important to preserve nature,” explained Guillaume Audy, director of Sustainability at Iberchem, the company that sponsors the event and creator of the candles and mists that capture the scent of Sierra Espuña.
It also connects them with musical terminology, such as ‘notes’, ‘chords’ and ‘symphony’ that they use to describe their smells. “That is why we continue to support the Festival, going further this year in this collaboration,” he added. The olfactory pyramid has been created following the opinions of residents of the Commonwealth, with pine, rosemary and lemon at the start, followed in the body by notes of orange blossom, honey, saffron and myrrh, to close with a background of amber and musk. .
“This Commonwealth is proud to be able to offer something as beautiful as this festival,” said the mayor of Mula and president of the Sierra Espuña Tourist Association, Juan Jesús Moreno, who praised the work during these seven years to “create a brand” in a bet that unites six town halls “to attract people to the best that this Region has, which is the interior.” In this last aspect, he alluded to its natural heritage and the mix of culture and tourism, “which allows us to grow.”
The formation will also be present thanks to ECOS Labs, creating a point of connection between this young talent that reaches the Territory and that will create synergies around early music. “Baroque music students learn by doing, and the essence of this festival is that they can apply that knowledge,” said Ana Vanesa Valera, vice-rector for Continuing Education at the University of Murcia. “Young talent comes from all over the world to continue their experience, professionalism and art here, and ECOS Festival brings it all together, and for that reason it is destined for success,” she added.
The press conference included the interpretation of a piece of music by Marina López and Miguel Torres. Tickets for the Festival are available at ecosfestival.com.
Anachrony moves to the London music of 1760
Anachronía opens the concerts of the seventh edition of the ECOS International Festival of Early Music of Sierra Espuña this Friday at 9:00 p.m. in the Plaza de la Iglesia de Librilla. The ensemble, which was born within the Festival, will move on this occasion to London in the 1760s, in which Teresa Cornelys, singer and ‘celebrity’, organized musical evenings with a festive atmosphere; some musical events that would later reach the prestigious Hannover Square street by JCBach and KF Abel. With its repertoire, Anachronía will recreate the context and transmit the emotions that invaded these evenings, which went from euphoria to grief in a matter of seconds.
They will also offer a concert on Saturday inside the ECOS Kids, where there will be morals and music. “It will be a lot of fun,” said Marina López, who in addition to being part of Anacronía, will accompany the Baroque Ensemble of the University of Murcia on Sunday morning at the Los Baños de Alhama de Murcia Archaeological Museum, which will work on works by composers such as Muffat and Monteverdi, as well as different pieces from the chamber music repertoire.
Cantoría shows its proposal for Ultrecht at the ECOS Festival
Cantoría, an ensemble that was born in 2016 in Aledo together with the Festival, will have its appointment in the patio of the Los Baños de Alhama de Murcia Archaeological Museum this Saturday with a double screening, at 9:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. This is a prelude to his participation on August 28 at the Oude Muziek Utrecht Festival (Holland), the most important in the world of this musical genre, showing “a first-rate repertoire in our house before our debut,” he said. Jorge Losana, director of the ensemble.
His program covers the salads of his first album around the work of Mateo Flecha, relating it to the music of other countries to give it an international dimension. “It is very interesting to see how the composers of that time were inspired and communicated, making Spanish music serve to establish bridges and links with other countries, just as the ECOS Festival does,” he added.
“Mateo Flecha’s salads are very funny, with political and religious messages and people’s feelings in an almost theatrical way that make them appropriate for people to get closer to ancient music,” added Losana, who is excited about performing in Alhama, a municipality “with a very rich musical and choral world and with great taste and cultural sensitivity”.
After this first weekend, the Festival travels on September 1, 2 and 3 to Pliego and Mula with Entrebescant and Dúo Barbaroco. On the 8th and 9th, The Gardeners will perform in Totana, closing the cycle in the municipality of Aledo on the 10th with Flutes and Frets and Dúo Millos.
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