Istampite - Medieval Pieces Of Fiddle And Percussi
After pionieering one of the ground-breaking ensembles of Medieval music performance in the 90’s, Sinfonye, Stevie Wishart has in the meantime moved on to more experimental/electronic projects, which keeps her very present on stages all over the world, with deep hooks in Sydney, Brussels and London. Her interests have always been related to combining Medieval and contemporary aesthetics, which can also be appreciated in this Istampite recording, where she teams up with two percussionists, Jim Denley and Pedro Estevan, to support her deeply informed fiddle and hurdy-gurdy renderings of 14th-century Florentine repertoire. The challenge of creating music for a wide range of contexts is important to Wishart, such as composing for productions by Michele Noiret and Wayne McGregor, a large-scale choral work for a Proms commission with the BBC Singers and Sinfonye, and for the designer Philippe Starck. With the support of a Visiting Music Fellowship at the University of Cambridge she is currently composing a double-bass concerto for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenemtn, London and The Handel and Haydn Society Boston. Exploring music’s unique ability to express new ideas on a level which transcends other routes of communication motivates her work as a composer and improviser.