alta capella




David Yacus - buisine, slide trumpet, sackbutt
Andrea Piccioni - tamburello, tammorra
Gesine Bänfer - shawm, bombard, bagpipe
Michael Metzler: tympani, frame drums, bells
Ian Harrison - shawm, bagpipe
Christian Braun - buisine, slide trumpet, sackbutt

In the Middle Ages the sounds of the orient began to enchant the occident. Eastern musical instruments, introduced into Western Europe directly from Arabian civilization, brought with them a new set of musical aesthetics. Eastern music was divided in two categories: music to be played in a closed place  with “soft” instruments, and ceremonial music to be played in the open using “loud” instruments. The Saracen ceremonial band was a well-established ensemble of wind and percussion instruments. In Medieval Europe the nobility, the church, cities, and people of high social standing sought to establish an image of stability, power, magnificence, and splendour. Music was indispensible to this image, and the “loud” instruments inherited from the Saracen ceremonial band proved to be an ideal means of projecting this image. Capable of furnishing music for functions of state, church, and court it was also to become the preferred ensemble for dance music. The captivating sound of this ensemble became immensly popular throughout Medieval Western Europe … so popular that its make-up would remain largely unvaried until the renaissance period. Les haulz et les bas have done a lot of research about long trumpets that are still in use in traditional music in various countries around the world (Morocco, Usbekistan, Ethiopia,...). With this programm, they bring back to life the ceremonial elegance and festive frenzy of this extraordinarily popular ensemble.

"These days the loud shawms and trumpets have driven the sober fiddles away from the festivities and the young girls dance like mad to the noise, womanishly and tastelessly wobbling their bottoms like cows."
Konrad von Megenberg, ca. 1350

DY trumpet

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early new music
ars supernova

new early music
Council of Constance
Ad modum tubae
Johannes Ciconia - 1412
Early Folk Music

The Noyse

Winds & Dance
Alta Danza
A great Renaissance Ball

Multimedia Productions
...and he called for his pipers three
Plus Ultra
The Notebook of Zorzi Trombetta

Les haulz et les bas & belladonna
Missa Sevillana

Children's Programmes