The Sunday Tasmanian

06 04 2003

AUSTRALIA (AUS)

 

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Playing a weird and wonderful assortment of instruments, the master musicians filled the air with medieval music that ranged from the merry to the mysterious.

The group's knowledge of the music and strong sense of togetherness made for a refined performance that did not sacrifice spontaneity

 

 

Medieval mastery

Al Qantarah St Davis's Cathedral April 4

 

IT was standing room only as festival-goers crammed into St David's Cathedral to see these Sicilian troubadours last Friday night.

The quintet specialises in the cosmopolitan Sicilian music of the Middle Ages, which combines Arabic and Hellenic influences.

The steady energy made the ancient music relevant for a cathedral full of Tasmanians.

Playing a weird and wonderful assortment of instruments, the master musicians filled the air with medieval music that ranged from the merry to the mysterious.

The group's ethereal, sacred music suited the location perfectly as lilting recorder solos floated up to the rafters to meld with hypnotic, chant-like vocals.

More secular highlights included a dramatic drumming duel.

The group's knowledge of the music and strong sense of togetherness made for a refined performance that did not sacrifice spontaneity.

Elizabeth Bailes