About Ensemble L’AURA

L’AURA was founded in 2002 by harpsichordist Bernard Gordillo while he was studying in London at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. The ensemble, originally a trio that focused on Italian Baroque improvisation, gained initial recognition the following year as a Deutsche Bank Pyramid Award finalist.

Bernard has since expanded the ensemble and its scope of interpretation to include a number of neglected composers of the Baroque era.

Performances have taken the ensemble from the intimate rooms of London’s Handel House Museum to a number of chamber music series around the West Coast, Midwest, and southern United States.

L’AURA was awarded first prize and a special prize in the 2006 Indiana University Jacobs School of Music’s Latin American Music Center competition for its performance of 16th- and 17th-century repertoire from Spain, Italy, and Latin America.

More recently, the ensemble was featured in a recording of music from the 17th and 18th Centuries entitled “Beautiful Baroque” (produced by WFIU Public Radio and the Trustees of Indiana University).

The name L’AURA (early Italian for “The Wind”) was inspired by the title of Juan Hidalgo’s opera Celos aun del aire matan (“Jealousy, even from the air, kills”). It is an ancient belief that the wind was a powerful carrier of emotion.

Programs for the 2010-11 season:

“Por celebrar” (To celebrate): Baroque music of Spain and the New World

A program of music heard in the Cathedral cities of Mexico (Mexico City and Puebla), Spain (Madrid), and Colombia (Bogotá). Villancicos and tonos are performed alongside instrumental arrangements of popular dances from the period (two sopranos, violin, violoncello, and organ/harpsichord).

L’AURA:

Angelique Zuluaga, soprano
Arwen Myers, soprano
Allison Edberg, violin
Christine Kyprianides, violoncello
Bernard Gordillo (director), organ

Listen to excerpts from the 2009 Bloomington Early Music Festival:

Lucas Ruiz de Ribayaz: Paradetas

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Juan de Baeza Saavedra: Por celebrar este dia (Negriya a 2 con acompañamiento, 1669)

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Juan Hidalgo: Esperar, sentir, morir

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Anonymous: Vengan, que lo plegona la Negla (Canario)

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Sebastián Durón: Al dormir el sol en la cuna del alva (a 2 con acompañamiento)

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Manuel Correa: Dime Pedro por tu vida

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Manuel Machado: Dos estrellas le siguen

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José Cascante: Hoy en Bárbara bella (Villancico a Santa Bárbara); Lucas Ruiz de Ribayaz: Achas y Buelta del Hacha

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Artist Biographies

Angelique Zuluaga began her singing career in Cali, Colombia, where she received her Licenciatura en Música with Emperatriz Figueroa as her major professor in voice at the Universidad del Valle. Further studies in music lead her to the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where she completed two master degrees in voice performance and Early Music.

Past performances include collaboration with Aguavá New Music Studio in the world premiere of Aurelio de la Vega’s Variacion del Recuerdo at the Library of Congress, soprano soloist for the Carmel Bach Festival, and soloist with the Youth Orchestra of The Americas’ Brazilian tour of Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion under the direction of Kent Nagano.

Performances for 2008-09 include: soloist for The Weill Institute at Carnegie Hall’s Handel program with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s under the direction of Ton Koopman, the world premiere of Eric Richards’ Music for Rollins Chapel at Dartmouth College with Aguavá New Music Studio, soprano soloist for Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. John Passion with the Bach Chorale Singers, and soprano soloist for Handel’s Israel In Egypt with the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir. Ms Zuluaga can be heard on Musica Ficta’s recent  recording entitled Del Mar del Alma.

A native of Augusta, Georgia, soprano Arwen Myers is currently completing a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance at Indiana University. She has been frequent soloist in community and campus performances in Bloomington, where she has been featured in such works as Carissimi’s Jonah, the Masque in Purcell’s Dioclesian, Dvorak’s Mass in D Major, Schubert’s Mass in G Major, Haydn’s “Der Sturm,” Mozart’s “Laudate Dominum,” and Schumann’s “Szenen aus Goethes Faust.”

A versatile musician comfortable performing many styles, Ms. Myers has performed with the IU New Music Ensemble and has been featured in many new works, including the world premiere of Gabriela Ortiz’s video-opera Unicamente la Verdad! at the 2008 Indiana University Summer Music Festival, and the world premiere of John Harbison’s A Clear Midnight.

Since 2006, Ms. Myers has been a member of the Pro Arte Singers under the direction of John Poole, and since that time she has become increasingly devoted to the performance of Early Music.

Ms. Myers is currently a student of Alan Bennett.

Allison Edberg is a member of Olde Friends, Ensemble Galilei, ViVaCe, Ensemble Voltaire, the Mirabel Classical Quartet, and is concertmaster of the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra. She was a recipient of the Willi Apel Scholarship in baroque violin at Indiana University where she studied with Stanley Ritchie.

The Chicago Sun-Times called her performance of a Telemann work “impeccable, with unerring intonation and an austere beauty” (Nov. 11, 2002).

She has collaborated in recent years with Apollo’s Fire, the Washington Bach Consort, La Monica, and Early Music Southwest, as well as being a regular feature at the Bloomington Early Music Festival. Ms. Edberg has toured nationally and has recorded for the Electra and Centaur labels.

Christine Kyprianides received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and her Master of Music from the New England Conservatory .

In 1976, Kyprianides left the US for Belgium. After a year as Assistant Principal Cellist of the Royal Flanders Philharmonic Orchestra in Antwerp, she received a grant from the Belgium Government to study viol at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels under Wieland Kuijken. She was subsequently awarded the Special First Prize and the Diplôme Supérieure.

After completing her studies, Kyprianides moved to Cologne, Germany where she soon established herself as a leading Baroque cellist, performing in Musica Antiqua Köln, Das Kleine Konzert , Collegium Cartusianum, Accademia Filarmonica Köln, Les Arts Florissants , La Stagione, and other chamber orchestras.

As cellist and viol player, she was also a member of Ganassi-Consort, Les Adieux, and the La Roche Quartett. Kyprianides has also been a long-time collaborator with fortepianist Richard Burnett in England.

In 2003, Kyprianides returned to the US, where she is in the process of completing her doctorate degree, concentrating in early music and musicology. She continues to perform as a member of the Huelgas Ensemble (Belgium) and Diapente Consort (Netherlands), and is also active as a scholar.

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