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Vox Suavis

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The members of Vox Suavis came together, fascinated by the beauty of traditional spanish art and the excellence of its interpretation. They are eager to revive certain aspects of a type of music on the verge of disappearing.

The group has taken on the work and the message of personalities such as Felipe Pedrell, Kurt Schindler, Alan Lomax, Joaquín Díaz and García Matos, ethnomusicologists and composers. They are known for speaking out for a musical culture based on oral tradition which has an immense richness and artistic force.

Vox suavis aims to build bridges between medieval and renaissance music and popular music of an oral tradition. One of its assumptions is that studying the interpretation of traditional music facilitates the interpretation of early music.

DOMINIQUE VELLARD - tenor and oud

He started singing as a choirboy at Notre-Dame de Versailles (France). After his musical studies at the conservatory he concentrated on Monteverdi's work for three years. In 1979 he founded the Ensemble Gilles Binchois, devoting most of his time to the medieval and renaissance repertoire. He has researched the traditional music of various countries seeking to enrich his interpretations of early music. He has made more then 40 recordings and since 1982 he teaches singing and chamber music at the medieval department in the Schola Cantorum in Basel (Switzerland). He has been the artistic director of the festival Les Rencontres Internationales de Musique Médiévale du Thoronet (France) since 1991 and Les meslanges de primtemps (Dijon) since 2003.

ANA ARNAZ - soprano and percussion

She was born in Huesca, Spain. At the age of nine she began studying voice and piano at the Miguel Fleta School of Music. From there she went on to study voice at the conservatorio del Liceu de Barcelona where she specialized in opera and received an honours diploma. Subsequently she transferred to the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, where she studied with Dominique Vellard and Richard Levitt and began working as a soloist and chamber musician with various groups such as Gilles Binchois (medieval and renaissance music), Vox Suavis, (founded by her and Dominique Vellard, dedicated to traditional and medieval spanish music) and La Cecchina (baroque music). With these ensembles she has performed regularly at international festivals in Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland and the United States. She also has given introductory courses to the interpretation of old music at the conservatory of Huesca (Spain), in New Hampshire (Usa) and at the Pigna University in Corsica. She has collaborated in several cd recordings with Gilles Binchois and La Cecchina.

BAPTISTE ROMAIN - fiddle and bagpipes

Was born in Rueil-Malmaison, France, where he began his musical studies in violin and composition at the Conservatoire National de Région of Rueil. From there he went on to specialize in medieval and renaissance music, studying medieval fiddle, ancient bagpipes, and voice. After studies with Marco Horvat, Jasmin Martorell and Lucie Jolivet at the Centre de Musique Médiévale in Paris, he moved to Switzerland where he currently studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, with Randall Cook, Dominique Vellard and Crawford Young. He also studies chamber music with Pierre Hamon at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Lyon. He collaborates regularly with many musicians in various ensembles including Gilles Binchois (Dominique Vellard), La morra (Michal Gondko), Leones (Marc Lewon) and Les jardins de Courtoisie (Anne Quentin).

TOBIE MILLER - hurdy gurdy, recorder and singer

Tobie Miller grew up in Vancouver and Montreal, beginning her musical studies at the age of three (violin and piano), later deciding to concentrate on early music. After studies at Mcgill University (b. mus, honours early music performance, 2004) she moved to Switzerland to pursue advanced studies in medieval music performance at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, with the support of two grants from the Canada Council for the Arts. Tobie currently divides her time between Basel and Montreal, and has performed throughout Europe and North America with groups such as Ensemble La Rota, L'ensemble Baroque de Limoges, Skye Consort, La Bande Montréal Baroque, and Les musiciens de Saint Julien. In addition to a busy performance career, Tobie teaches regularly at workshops and festivals including Cammac (since 2003), the Over the Water Hurdy Hurdy Festival (since 2005) and Les journées de la flûte à bec (2006). In 2008 she gave a course for baroque hurdy gurdy together with Matthias Loibner at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.

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  • Dominique Vellard
    tenor and oud
    Ana Arnaz
    soprano and percusion
    Baptiste Romain
    fiddle and bagpipes
    Tobie Miller
    hurdy gurdy, recorder and voice

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