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Jordi Savall, Folias & Canarios in Carpi, Florence, Rome and Verona
The great Catalan musician returns with one of his most acclaimed programs

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It needs no introduction Jordi Savall, doyen of ancient music and one of the main initiators and architects of the rediscovery and diffusion of hidden and forgotten historical repertoires. Tireless (on the viola da gamba and conducting), teacher, researcher and creator of innovative cultural projects, the 82-year-old Catalan musician - who rose to international prominence in 1991 with his participation in the cult film Tous les Matins du Monde by Alain Corneau - has for over fifty years he has brought authentic musical wonders rescued from oblivion to the vast public all over the world.

At the head of his ensemble Hespèrion XXI, Jordi Savall returns to Italy from 11 to 15 February 2024 with one of its most acclaimed programs, Folías & Canarios – from the Old to the New World, a fascinating itinerary among ancient Spanish dances, which in mysterious ways spread across half of Europe, from southern Italy to Scotland and the Americas.

Four concerts are scheduled, a Carpi (Sunday 11th to Municipal Theater), Florence, (Monday 12th to Niccolini Theatre for the Friends of Music), Rome (Tuesday 13thAula Magna of the La Sapienza University for the lUC ) and Thursday 15 February at Refreshments Theater of Verona, where Savall will open the second edition of Baroque Festival refreshments, to then continue his long tour in Spain, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, the United States (10 dates in April), Austria and return to Italy again in May for three concerts focused on Franz Schubert in Bergamo, Milan and Brescia.

Folias & Canarios follows a fascinating itinerary to the rhythm of dance that reaches from Europe to the Americas. “With this concert – says Jordi Savall – we will take a journey into the golden age of European music, touching different countries. We will bring the public closer with the expressive power, beauty and emotion transmitted by these compositions; to interpret them, the soloists of the Hespèrion XXI ensemble which will celebrate in this very symbolic way its 50 years of promotion of European musical culture and intercultural dialogue.”

The program offers various examples of Folly (folía in Portuguese), one of the various dances of popular origin developed in the Iberian peninsula in the late Middle Ages and subsequently assimilated by the court repertoire, both vocal and instrumental; it is structured on a harmonic tour replicated several times, to be used as a basis for instrumental variations. Then there is the Die, an Arab-inspired dance also mentioned by Miguel de Cervantes who in one of his novels says it is so popular that it has "snuck through the cracks of the doors, right into the convents". And again there Guaracha, Mexican dance, and the Fandango of probable Caribbean origin, very popular in Spain at the beginning of the 18th century, described by Giacomo Casanova as "an expression of love from beginning to end". The Canario, originally from the islands of the same name, was also very popular and was danced by alternating hopping and hammering steps. Often branded as "barbaric" and "immoral", sometimes prohibited by religious and civil authorities because it was considered lascivious, these dances nevertheless spread among the streets and taverns, then ascending to aristocratic palaces and convents where they gradually sublimated into sophisticated music of the court, losing many of their popular characteristics but remaining at the heart of the European instrumental repertoire.


With his intense concert activity (around 140 evenings a year) and his vast and award-winning discography (over 230 albums recorded) Jordi Savall he has made a fundamental contribution to the knowledge and valorization of medieval, Renaissance and baroque music, rediscovering in particular the Hispanic and Mediterranean musical heritage.

He is the founder, together with his life partner Monserrat Figueras, who died prematurely in 2011, of the musical groups Hespèrion XXI (1974), La Capella Reial de Catalunya (1987) and Le Concert des Nations (1989), and of the record company Alia Vox ( 1998).

In 2008 Savall was appointed by the European Union as “Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue” and “Artist for Peace” within the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors programme.
Jordi Savall, Folias & Canarios in Carpi, Florence, Rome and Verona


Jordi Savall
Hespèrion XXI

Xavier Diaz-Latorre
Andrew Lawrence-King
Spanish baroque harp
David Mayoral
Jordi Savall
soprano viola da gamba, Barak Norman, London 1690
bass viola da gamba, Pellegrino Zanetti, Venice 1553 & Direction


Folias & Canarios
From the Ancient to the New World

Diego Ortiz
Searched for tenors
Folia IV – Ancient Passamezzo I – Modern Passamezzo III
Ruggiero IX – Romanesca VII – Modern Passamezzo II

The ancient Basque and Catalan traditions
Anonymous (Euskal Herria) / Jordi Savall
Aurtxo Txikia Negarrez
Anonymous (Catalonia) / Jordi Savall
El Testament d'Amèlia
The Filadora

Gaspar Sanz Jácaras & Canarios (Guitar)

Pedro Guerrero Moorish
Anonymous Greensleeves to a Ground
Traditional Tixtla / improvisation Guaracha

Antonio Martín and Coll (& improvisation)
Differences in the leaves

Santiago de Murcia Fandango (Harp & Guitar)

The Lancashire Pipes
(The Manchester Gamba Book)
A Pointe or Preludium – The Lancashire Pipes
The Pigges of Rumsey – Kate of Bardie – A Toy

Francisco Correa de Arauxo Glosas sobre “All the world in general”
Anonymous / improvisation Canarios
Antonio Valente / improvisation Neapolitan Gallarda – Jarabe loco (jarocho)

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