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The Jerusalem Project

20 April 2014

Venue: Joan Sutherland Theatre  View Seat Map
Presented by: Sydney Opera House

Jordi Savall's profound new work - a musical odyssey of Jerusalem

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Description

The musical past of Jerusalem provides an irresistibly tempting inspiration for any musician. The city has been the beating heart of three Abrahamic religions Judaism, Christianity and Islam where songs of joy, longing, sorrow and praise have echoed for thousands of years.

Highly acclaimed musicologist and prominant figure in the world of early music, Jordi Savall brings to the stage a musical odyssey of 3,000 years, of three faiths, of countless generations and of numerous instruments. His concerts are illuminating, moving and joyous experiences that haunt you long after the last note is played.

The musical past of Jerusalem provides an irresistibly tempting inspiration for any musician. The city has been the beating heart of three Abrahamic religions Judaism, Christianity and Islam where songs of joy, longing, sorrow and praise have echoed for thousands of years.

Highly acclaimed musicologist and an important figure in the world of early music, Jordi Savall brings to the stage a musical odyssey of 3,000 years, of three faiths, of countless generations and of numerous instruments. His concerts are illuminating, moving and joyous experiences that haunt you long after the last note is played.

The Jerusalem Project is an epic musical panorama that traces the history of the Holy City and its inhabitants from the fall of the Walls of Jericho circa 1200 BCE to the 20th Century. Invasions, pilgrimages, crusades, war and the centuries of harmonious coexistence have left their testament in the music of Jerusalem.

Joined by a diverse community of musicians from the Middle East and Europe, including renowned harpist Andrew Lawrence-King, Savall and his ensemble weave a gorgeous tapestry of life in Jerusalem, culminating in an eloquent plea for peace. At the end of the three millennia of music, inspired by the notion that music can transcend politics, the voices of all the nations join in one song common to each of their cultures.

"There's something about Jerusalem - endlessly destroyed and rebuilt in a quest for sacred power - that calls forth the spiritual.
" Savall via A Tapastry of Sacred Music


The Musicians:
Jordi Savall, director, vièle, lira d'arco, and rebab
Andrew Lawrence-King, harpist
La Capella Reial de Catalunya
Hespèrion XXI
Trumpets of Jericho
with guest musicians from Israel, Palestine, Armenia, Greece and Iraq  

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Artist Information

For more than forty years, Jordi Savall, one of the most versatile and multifariously gifted musical personalities of his generation, has devoted himself to recreating the sound of the past, taking listeners on grand tours of discovery into remotest antiquity and distant lands.

During his career as a concert performer, teacher, researcher and creator of new projects, both musical and cultural, he has recorded over 170 CDs. Always brimming with live emotion and spectacular creative vitality, he has won many awards, such as the fourth biennial York Early Music Festival Lifetime Achievement Award, Record of the Year in 2006 from Gramophone Magazine, a Grammy Award nomination and more.

 

For more than forty years, Jordi Savall, one of the most versatile and multifariously gifted musical personalities of his generation, has devoted himself to recreating the sound of the past, taking listeners on grand tours of discovery into remotest antiquity and distant lands.

During his career as a concert performer, teacher, researcher and creator of new projects, both musical and cultural, he has recorded over 170 CDs. Always brimming with live emotion and spectacular creative vitality, he has won many awards, such as the fourth biennial York Early Music Festival Lifetime Achievement Award, Record of the Year in 2006 from Gramophone Magazine, a Grammy Award nomination and more.

Jordi Savall began his musical studies when he was six years old as a singer in the Children’s Choir in Igualada (Catalonia), his hometown, and then he went on to learn the cello, completing his studies in the Barcelona Conservatory (1964). In 1965 he started, as an autodicact, to study the viola da gamba and early music (Ars Musicae) in 1965, so he moved on to start advanced studies in 1968 at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Switzerland). There he succeeded his teacher August Wenzinger in 1973, and was teaching for some time many courses and master classes.

With his blend of scholarship, imagination and intuition, Savall has forged a legendary career as the world's leading exponent of the exquisitely expressive viola da gamba and as leader of three acclaimed ensembles  Hespèrion XXI (1974), La Capella Reial de Catalunya (1987) and Le Concert des Nations (1989), all founded together with Montserrat Figueras – his muse and wife. Jordi Savall has explored and fashioned universe full of emotions and beauty, and has projected it to the world and to millions of music lovers, to introduce the viola da gamba and the music which had fallen into oblivion, becoming one of the most important protectors of the early music.

 

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Pricing Information

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Standard $49 - $129
Insiders $39.20 - $103.20
*Concession $34 - $95
Under 30 $45
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Performance Dates

Sunday 20 April 2014, 7pm

Running Time: Approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes

Reviews


These pieces can rarely have been presented with such polish and accomplishment as by this master of musical multiculturalism.The Guardian

“Performer of genius” 
The New Yorker 

“As is often the case with Mr. Savall’s work, the live performance, which embraced improvisation in several of the ornate vocal and instrumental pieces, had a vigour that outstripped the already vital performances on the recording.” New York Times

 “Performed with that generosity of intellect and spirit that comes with not only having thoroughly mastered the music at hand but fully understanding its social and cultural context, both in its own time and in ours.” Limelight Magazine 2013

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