The Musical Cycle ‘Tebaida Ad Silentium’ Starts Next Wednesday With The Concert Of The Female Vocal Ensemble Egeria – ILEÓN.COM

The members of the Egeria group.
| 07/21/2021 – 17:37h.

The second edition of the musical cycle ‘Tebaida ad Silentium’, organized by the Chair of Sustainable Territories and Local Development promoted by the Uned de Ponferrada, will start next Wednesday, at 7:30 p.m., with the concert that the female vocal ensemble Egeria will offer in the church of Villanueva de Valdueza.

The cycle focuses in this edition on the historical character of the traveler Egeria, who in the 4th century documented her pilgrimage from Bercian to the Holy Land in a diary found in Italy in the 18th century, in which she is considered the first book of travels of history and the first text of feminine authorship that is conserved in the world.

Thus, the first of the scheduled concerts will take the stage to the group that pays tribute to this traveler with her name. With the title, ‘Ad loca sancta’, the live performance will take place with reduced capacity and prior registration. Throughout the concert, attendees will enjoy a kind of musical version of the author’s travel notebook, with a repertoire that includes contemporary compositions typical of the places that the traveler traveled.

The seven members of this group specialized in the interpretation of medieval music propose to break down the barriers of a repertoire relegated to oblivion and mistreated by history and to rediscover it for the current contemporary context. In 2020, Egeria received the award for Best Medieval Music Group from the association of Spanish early music groups (Gema).

Path, rebellion and search

Facing autumn, the cycle presents the second of the concerts, by the artist Mónica de Nut, considered one of the greatest virtuosos of diphonic singing in Spain. ‘Way, rebellion and search’ is the title of the proposal performed and recorded, without an audience, at the Herrería de Compludo. The piece will premiere on November 27, at 7:00 p.m., in the Río Selmo theater in Ponferrada.

Musically trained at the Escuela Superior de Canto de Madrid and at the University of Vigo, where she specialized in genres such as jazz and traditional Galician, De Nut’s way of interpreting is characterized by eclecticism, experimentation and interaction with other performing arts, such as dance, theater or audiovisual.

His particular tribute to the historical figure of Egeria takes as its starting point the motet ‘Belial Vocatur’, from the 13th century ‘Codex Las Huelgas’, composed of the cloistered nuns who inhabited that convent. The artist recreates the inspired and contemplative feminine spirit and interprets it from a prism of rebellion, search, curiosity, autonomy and a feeling of freedom.

The piece mixes the voice of the artist with the sound of the natural elements present in the surroundings of the Herrería -water, earth, air and fire-, as well as with a harmonium, a wind instrument and keyboard, intervened by means of the technology of the ‘loopstation’ to experimentally deconstruct what Egeria inspires the artist.