Medieval, Renaissance and early Baroque music in Cairo and Alexandria

Ahram Online, Wednesday 27 Apr 2011

Accentus, an early music ensemble from Austria, revives art forms rarely presented to Egyptian audiences


A music ensemble from Austria invites Egyptian audiences into a journey through the era of old Sephardic, Arabic and Christian music. 

Accentus is an ensemble which was founded by Thomas Wimmer in Vienna in 1992.  It performs the sounds of medieval Spain, as well as the music of the Austrian Empire from the 16th and 17th centuries, incorporating elements from Germany, the Low Countries, Spain, Italy, Hungary, and even the Ottoman Empire. 

The ensemble consists of vocals, viola da gamba (also known as viol, stringed musical instruments developed in the mid-late 15th century), bamboo flute, Spanish harp, viela (stringed instrument especially used in Spanish Renaissance art) and rebab (string instrument).

Two concerts will take place in Egypt:

On Wednesday, 27 April at 8 pm at the Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre) and on Friday, 29 April at 8 pm at the Open Air Theatre (Cairo Opera House)

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