| Katarina Livljanić, singer and musicologist, is one of the principal international specialists in medieval chant performance. Born in Zadar, Croatia, she directs the vocal ensemble Dialogos, Paris, specializing in medieval chant and liturgical theater of the Glagolitic tradition. She will perform Judith in Vancouver, Chicago and Kansas City, November 2nd, 7th and 8th, 2008. |
Judith, Katerina Livljanić in Kansas City, MissouriSaturday, November 8 | Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral | 8 pm
Katarina Livljanić, renowned musicologist and director of the vocal ensemble Dialogos, presents this Biblical story from Renaissance Croatia in an unforgettable Kansas City debut. Accompanied by fiddle, lirica and archaic flutes, the staged, musical drama tells the highly emotional tale of the beautiful enchantress, Judith, who seduces and then beheads a general in a quest to liberate her people.
Katarina Livljanić, singer and musicologist, is one of the principal international specialists in medieval chant performance. Born on the Adriatic coast of Croatia, she decided to become a medieval music performer at a very early age, training at the Zagreb Music Conservatory before moving to France to study voice and musicology. She directs the vocal ensemble Dialogos, specializing in medieval chant and liturgical theater of the Glagolitic tradition. For her work in this field, she was decorated for cultural achievement in 2002 by the president of Croatia. She obtained a Ph.D. at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris, for her research on medieval chant manuscripts of Southern Italy and is currently Maître de conferences in medieval music at the Sorbonne University in Paris where she codirects a medieval music performance Master programme. In 2003, Livljanić spent six weeks in residence at Harvard University developing the program Chant Wars.
Source: The Friends of Chamber Music, Kansas City, Missouri
Katarina Livljanić, singer and musicologist, is one of the principal international specialists in medieval chant performance. Born on the Adriatic coast of Croatia, she decided to become a medieval music performer at a very early age, training at the Zagreb Music Conservatory before moving to France to study voice (with Guillemette Laurens and Glenn Chambers) and musicology (with Marie Noël Colette). She directs the vocal ensemble Dialogos, specializing in medieval chant and liturgical theatre of the Glagolitic tradition. For her work in this field, she was decorated for cultural achievement in 2002 by the president of Croatia.
She obtained a Ph.D. at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris, based on research of medieval chant manuscripts of Southern Italy. She is currently Maître de conferences in medieval music at the Sorbonne University in Paris where she codirects a medieval music performance Master programme.
As a vocalist, she performs in major international festivals with the ensembles Sequentia and Alla Francesca. She spent a semester as visiting lecturer and directed a Gregorian chant schola at Harvard University. In 1998 she founded a chant performance program at the University of Limerick in Ireland.
She is regularly invited to numerous universities in Europe, in the United States and Canada as a teacher and resident artist. She has emerged as an important international speaker about medieval chant performance and publishes articles in specialized reviews wordwide. In 2002 she was a guest artistic advisor at the Early Music Festival in Utrecht, Netherlands. With Benjamin Bagby (Sequentia), she has been awarded a Cornille Visiting Professorship at the Wellesley College (USA) in 2007.
Her most recent solo project, a musical theatre production entitled Judith based on the masterpiece by the 16th-century Croatian poet Marko Marulić, was premiered at the Ambronay Festival in 2006.Source: www.ensemble-dialogos.org
Katarina Livljanić has concert in
November 7th, 2008, at 19:30.
Chicago, in Hyde Park Union Church,
A biblical drama from medićval Croatia"Judith" with Ensemble Dialogos
Sunday, November 2, 2008 at 8:00 pm
Pre-Concert Introduction by Sanda Herzic at 7:15 pm
UBC Recital Hall
6361 Memorial Road, UBC campus
Complex and full of metamorphoses, Katarina Livljanić’s interpretation of this story, rooted in the Dalmatian Renaissance, transforms a Biblical narration into a theatrical experience, woven around characters who have emerged from the text to become profoundly human and alive for us today.
Ensemble Dialogos (Paris)
Katarina Livljanić voice, direction
Sanda Herzic staging, scenography and costumes
N O T E S
D I A L O G O S Since its foundation in 1997, Dialogos, the vocal ensemble directed and created by Katarina Livljanić, has emerged as one of the most outstanding and original medićval music ensembles of the new generation. The ensemble's projects link new musicological research with an innovative approach to medićval music performance, a theatrical dimension, and an expressive musicality.
Dialogos is composed of both women's and men's vocal ensembles. Since its first projects Dialogos has been acclaimed by critics (in journals such as Le Monde, Le Figaro, Diapason, Los Angeles Times) and has toured in many European countries (in all main early music festivals in France (Ambronay, Saintes, Rencontres du Thoronnet, Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, Voix et Route romane…), Germany (Romanische Sommer Cologne, Herne… ), Holland (Utrecht Festival), Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Croatia (Dubrovnik, Zagreb, Zadar), Belgum, USA, Canada, North Africa and Latin America), including radio and television broadcasts.
Their CDs Terra Adriatica (released on the Empreinte digitale label), Lombards & Barbares and La Vision de Tondal (released on the Arcana label), and Chant Wars (a coproduction with the ensemble Sequentia, released on the Sony-BMG label) have received press distinctions in international music magazines, including Diapason d'or, Choc du Monde de la musique, Goldberg 5 stars). Current programmes of the ensemble focus on the archaic medićval repertoires : plainchant from Southern Europe and musical theatre.
Among the theatrical programmes, there is a Glagolitic Tondal's Vision, staged by Sanda Herzic (in collaboration with Yoshi Oida, one of Peter Brook's principal actors) which was released as a CD in the spring of 2004 and was awarded the prestigious Diapason d'or de l’année 2004 and the Coup de cœur 2005 by the Académie Charles Cros. The project Chant Wars, a coproduction with the ensemble Sequentia, is centred on Carolingian chant and local traditions in Europe in the 9th and 10th centuries. Recent programmes include Abbo Abbas…, an innovative vision of 11th-century English polyphony. Judith, a staged production of a biblical story from medićval Dalmatia, was premiered at the Ambronay Festival in 2006. It received the award of the Split Festival (Croatia) for the best musical performance in 2007.Source: Early Music, Vancouver, Canada
For more information see www.ensemble-dialogos.org
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