EL FUEGO Early Music Ensemble presents "The last Conquistador" (The last Conqueror): narrative, music, poetry and art from Spain's Golden Age and New Spain colonies (Today's Mexico and New Mexico), surrounding the time of Juan de Oñate y Salazar (1550–1626). Salomé Sandoval, voice, vihuela, baroque guitar and artistic direction; Roman Testroet, voice; Molly Barnes, and Sarah Lodico Wines viols; Charles Wines, winds; Laura Grimaldi, percussion. Special guest performer: Robbie Link, bass viol.
This October, explore the world of Juan de Oñate with us: visionary or mass murderer? Sacred and Secular Polyphony by Gaspar Fernandes, Romances by Lope de Vega and the following traditions in Liturgical and Secular plays. Are you up for an adventure?
Friday, October 26th, 2018; 7:30 p.m. concert at the Carrboro Century Center, Century Hall. 100 North Greensboro Street, Carrboro, NC 27510. Parking in adjacent Public lots. General Audience $15, Senior and Students $10.
On Sunday October 18th, 2015 El Fuego presented: A selection of songs from Shakespeare time by John Dowland (1563-1626) and Jose Marin (1619-1699)
“To sing or not to sing...a Villancico” is a performance of intimate, sorrowful and cheerful songs about unrequited love, featuring Elizabethan style compositions and their counter parts in Spain. Tamsin Simmill and Juan Alamo guest artists
March 2015: EL FUEGO Early Music Ensemble (Salomé Sandoval, soprano, baroque guitar, archlute and artistic direction; Tamsin Simmill, mezzo-soprano; Matvey Lapin and Allison Willet, violins; Tamsin Simmill, mezzo-soprano; Jackie Nappi, organ & harpsichord)
“Miserere” A sacred Spanish Baroque Cantata by José de Nebra (1702-1768) and his contemporaries. St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Durham, NC. Lecture on the iconography of Christ crucified previous to the concert.
EL FUEGO Early Music Ensemble presented "Spanish Devotions", a selection of Spanish Baroque cantatas by Jose de Nebra and Juan Manuel de la Puente : Salomé Sandoval, soprano, baroque guitar, archlute and artistic direction; Matvey Lapin, baroque violin, Chris Nunnally, baroque cello, Jennifer Streeter, Harpsichord
Saturday September 09th, 2017, 7:00 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 305 E Main St., Durham NC. Only performance!
El Fuego presented: A selection of medieval chant from the Huelgas Codex (c1300) and songs from "Cantigas de Santa Maria". Devotional songs to the Virgin Mary and medieval chant. Travel to Northern Spain through music and beautiful poetry in Galician-Portuguese to get an insight of the minds of 1200-1300s praying souls. EL FUEGO Early Music Ensemble: Malina Rauschenfels, voice and vielle; Jennifer Streeter, recorder and Laura Grimaldi, percussion. Salomé Sandoval, soprano, vihuela, and artistic direction. Friday February 10th, 2017 7:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 305 East Main Street, Durham, NC. Saturday February 11th, 2017, 7:00 p.m. The Chapel of the Cross, 304 East Franklin street, Chapel Hill, NC.
On September 3rd, 2016, IBERICA Early Music Festival presented: A Saturday morning of lectures, workshops focusing on Spanish Early music. Recorder, viola da gamba and lute classes. Self-accompanying techniques; Lecture demonstration on loud band instruments and Mateo Flecha "Ensaladas" and a concert featuring "Love is out!" a zarzuela by Sebastian Duron
EL FUEGO Early Music Ensemble in collaboration with SONAM, presented "Sublime Love", a selection of sacred and secular cantatas from the 1600s New World Colonies from Guatemalan, Peruvian and Mexican sources: Choral compositions by Tomás de Torrejón y Velasco and Poetry by Mexican nun Sor Juana Inés De la Cruz (called the Shakespeare of the Spanish Golden Era in the New World). Salomé Sandoval, soprano, baroque guitar, archlute and artistic direction; Malina Rauschenfels, voice, violin and cello; Roman Testroet, tenor; Molly Barnes, violin; Jennifer Streeter, Harpsichord. Choral Ensemble SONAM directed by Allan Friedman. Translations and art were projected onto a screen. This concert was part of the Historically Informed Performances Festival.
Tuesday February 13th, 2018, 8:00 p.m. The Chapel of the Cross, 304 East Franklin street, Chapel Hill, NC. General Audience: $20, Seniors and Students: $15. Cash and credit only at the door. Hipster passes accepted. www.elfuegofire.com
On Sunday August 30th, 2015, El Fuego presented: A Spanish Baroque Zarzuela (Music play) by Antonio de Literes (1673-1747).
“Acis and Galatea” is a play with music about how the shepherd Acis and his rival the Cyclop Polyphemus fall in love with the sea nymph Galatea. Fun for all ages!
EL FUEGO Early Music Ensemble: Salomé Sandoval, soprano, baroque guitar, archlute and artistic direction; Molly Quinn, Tamsin Simmill, Malina Rauschenfels, Lewis Moore, singers; Matvey Lapin and Allison Willet, baroque violins; Barbara Krumdieck, baroque cello; Paula Maust, harpsichord. Special guest: William Lycan, actor.
A Boston Early Music Festival Fringe Concert: June 13th 2015, 12:00 NOON: EL FUEGO Early Music Ensemble (Salomé Sandoval, soprano, baroque guitar, archlute and artistic direction; Tamsin Simmill, mezzo-soprano; Matvey Lapin and Peter Lekx, violins; Malina Rauschenfels, soprano and cello; Paula Maust, harpsichord)
“Furtive Fire” Sacred and Secular Spanish Baroque Cantatas and arias from Operas and Zarzuelas by Antonio de Literes (1673-1747) and José de Nebra (1702-1768) in the style of Pergolesi and Handel. Lindsay Chapel at Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116.
Friday 12/16th/2016: A New World Christmas!
El Fuego Early Music Ensemble presents a Benefit concert for Kidznotes (Music for social change). Friday, December 16th, 2016 7:00 p.m. El Fuego will perform: a selection of fun Villancicos or Christmas songs by Mateo Flecha (1481-1553) and composers from colonies of South America. Be transported to the time of the Conquistadores by listening to rich sounds and contagious rhythms in vocal and instrumental music with stories about the nativity. Salomé Sandoval, soprano, vihuela, baroque guitar and artistic direction; Carlin Laird, soprano; Max Kaldel, alto, Roman Testroet, tenor; Eddie Ferrell, bass and recorder; Jennifer Streeter, recorder and Harpsichord. With the participation of Kidznotes students. The Chapel of the Cross, 304 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC.
On Sunday February 14th, 2016, El Fuego presented: A selection of songs from Spain, Italy and the New world colonies featuring Cupid and love themes. Roman Testroet and Kelly Roudabush guest artists.
On Sunday May 22nd, 2016, El Fuego presented: Italian Prologues and Spanish Baroque Cantatas by Monteverdi, Strozzi and Literes.
Goddesses and muses compete to reign the world; who had the last word?