Gothic & Renaissance Winds
Ian Harrison - shawm, bagpipe
Gesine Bänfer - shawm, bombard, bagpipe
Christian Braun - buisine, slide trumpet, sackbut
David Yacus - buisine, slide trumpet, sackbut
Les haulz et les bas plays music of the alta capella, the 'loud' wind ensemble of the middle ages and Renaissance. The rediscovery and reconstruction of the music of the mediaeval civic and court wind bands has been one of the great musical detective stories of our times. The results of the ensemble's work has acheived international acclaim: they have won prizes at several international competitions and they are regularly present in Europe’s most prestigious Early Music Festivals. They regularly give lectures and workshops and have been guests of the Universities of Oxford, London and Manchester, the Royal Conservatory, The Hague and the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. The ensemble has produced a series of highly-acclaimed CDs.
Les haulz et les bas guarantees its audience an extraordinary and unforgettable experience. The ensemble offers a huge range of programmes from the 'classic' trio formation up to big-scale productions for larger venues and outdoor events.
• COUNCIL OF CONSTANCE
Music for the Council of Constance 1414 - 1418
• BLAST FROM THE PAST
Neue Wege für alte Musik: mit diesem Konzert im Nachtklang 2014 gewann das Ensemble den Publikumspreis - eine CD-Produktion mit dem Deutschlandradio Kultur. Alta Capella meets Funk, Jazz und World Music.
• AD MODUM TUBAE
The programme of our new CD, featuring virtuoso percussionists Michael Metzler and Andrea Piccioni
• JOHANNES CICONIA
Marking the 600th anniversary of the death of a great European composer
• MEDIAEVAL SUMMITS
Music from the Councils of Constance (1414-18) and Basel (1431-49) by Du Fay, Wolkenstein, the Monk of Salzburg and from the Trent Codices
• ORIENT AND OCCIDENT
Les haulz et les bas bridges the Bosphorus to parts of the world where shawms, trumpets and drums are still played together today
•THE GOOD, THE BOLD AND THE FEARLESS
Music for the 15th-century Dukes of Burgundy by Du Fay, Binchois and their contemporaries.
•THE EARLY FOLK BAND
European Music from South to North
Les haulz et les bas meets the legendary jazz tuba player Michel Godard