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The Martín Codax early music ensemble has been studying and performing music written from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, particularly that of the 12th, 13th and 14th centuries, for more than 15 years. Its name is a tribute to one of the most important representatives of Galician-Portuguese medieval poetry, the Viguese troubadour Martín Codax, whose seven cantigas are included in the ensemble's repertoire.

They have played in concerts in numerous festivals, both in Galicia and in the rest of Europe: Interceltic Festival of Cangas, Festa da Istoria of Ribadavia, Early Music on the Streets of Compostela, Series of Concerts in the Museum of Fine Arts of A Coruña, Palma de Mallorca Early Music Festival, Music Festival of Palencia, the celebration of the nomination of Cuenca as a World Heritage City, the National Auditorium of Madrid, Instituto Cervantes Rome, Castell de Peralada, the National Germanisches Museum of Nuremberg (Germany), Espazos Sonoros Festival... In 2000, Martín Codax worked with the bagpiper Carlos Núñez in a project to re-create medieval music with the instruments depicted on the Pórtico da Gloria, and played in two concerts in the María Pita square (A Coruña) and the Castrelos auditorium (Vigo). On 25 July 2001, the National Day of Galicia, they performed a medieval music programme on the occasion of the Castelao Award ceremony, presented by the Galician Government, and in December 2001 the Galician radio devoted a special live programme to the ensemble. Apart from that, they have collaborated with the Galician publishers Galaxia and Xerais in the spreading of medieval literature.

The Martín Codax ensemble is also sponsored by the Galician company Bodegas Martín Codax S.A., a winery committed to carry out an intense work of promotion and spreading of Galician-Portuguese medieval literature and culture.

The more than 10 years of their career as an ensemble have produced four CDs, Por que trovar é cousa en que iaz..., Herru Sanctiagu, O viño da vida and Devotio, the most recent one, recorded for the Cantus label and presented in a concert in November 2005 in the Church of the University of Santiago de Compostela.

Martin Codax 1

Martin Codax 2

MIguel fariña with viola da gamba

  • Fernando Olbés
    Paula Corujo
    Ana Jesús Sánchez
    Miguel Ángel López Fariña
    fiddle, organistrum
    Roberto Santamarina
    Carlos Castro
    Andres Díaz
    shawn, recorders
    Roberto Sala
    shawm, recorders, crumhorn
    Philippe Copin
    hurdy - gurdy
    Pedro Fraile
    Javier González Abraldes
    Fernando Olbés/ Miguel A. López Fariña

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