Now, after a little bit more than one year since we had our debut concert, we came to the conclusion that, after all, a “real” website still makes sense. Our goal was to design it as simple, sober and informative as possible, mainly for you, dear concert organizers, so that you can find everything you need in the blink of an eye. We hope that we succeeded in doing so, and we promise that we will keep this website up to date.
And now, for those who would like to know more about us, we would like to tell you the unceremonious history of our ensemble. At this point we need to “warn” you that the main target of our News section is the group of friends, colleagues and fans of Morgaine, and that the style of our blog will be rather informal.
The first time Alina and Darius started to talk about founding an ensemble, which would be focused on the music of the 16th and 17th Centuries, was about one and a half years ago. Part of Morgaine was born out of the ashes of Alina’s first ensemble (Luxurians) which she had founded during her study years in Bremen, but which did not work unless resuscitated, over and over again. There are many reasons why an ensemble can or cannot work, and everybody knows that of course. It needs experience to understand these reasons, and this experience is priceless.
Karin and Michele joined the boat, and Morgaine had their debut concert on March 2016 at the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania in Vilnius, with the programme “Lifetime Images”, a reminiscent from Luxurians days, now well-groomed and in the right character. We love this programme and hope to perform it for many years to come, until everyone gets tired of it!
Our second concert took place at the SEMF in June 2016, we were happy to be a part of that. In September 2016 two concerts followed, in the spectacular Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, which became a main concert venue for us (which we will do our best to keep). For the Vilnius Opera Day, we invited Soprano Anna Maria Wierød, a musician we do not plan to let go of. The premiere of “The Three Ravens” was fabulous, and luckily we have a bunch of great photos from that concert to prove it. When we find the time, we will dig into our audio material and publish some samples. After that, at Banchetto Musicale Festival for Early Music, we performed “Melancholia” with actress Eglė Mikulionytė, a project on Shakespeare sonnets.
Right before Christmas 2016, Morgaine performed three more concerts in Lithuania, with “Lifetime Images” and “The Three Ravens”. Karin was not able to join us for those, having concerts with Quadriga Consort (an ensemble that we love) and being busy with her job at the Conservatory of Graz, but we found in Carolina Pace and Paweł Iwaszkiewicz most worthy “replacements”.
Our “Lithuanian” projects: “Giesme Vakarine / Evening Song” and “Two Habsburg Ladies”, with 16th Century music of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, are fruits of Darius’ research work. Members of Morgaine performed these programmes together with the Lithuanian vocal ensemble Brevis Choir in the past, as well as in June 2016. These are programmes that we would like – better said, we need! – to perform in the future on stages abroad, because this valuable musical heritage has to be shown to the world.
Now, after five months of concert break, we are launching in our new project “Per te, amor” which we will perform in Vilnius end of May at the Marco Scacchi Festival.
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