In its concerts Bravade wants to present its audiences with the rich tradition of recorder music all the way from the Middle Ages to the present. The aim of the Quartet is to make concert programs that are diverse and interesting entities proportionate to the characteristics of the stage and their audiences. Continuous alterations including the modification of programs and mapping of new programs are an important part of what Bravade does. Below is a sample of up-coming concert programs this season.
THE BETTER TO SEE YOU WITH
Bravade & Co’s The better to see you with offers cross-artistic fireworks as renaissance and baroque music meet modern music, contemporary dance and multimedia art. A brainchild of the recorder quartet Bravade, the performance shakes up pre-existing notions about recorder music and utilises the entire scale of the unique instruments.
The common thread in the multisensory performance is identity and its nodes. At which point do we drift into learned roles? How do we want to be seen? The psychological journey into making art and personal boundaries becomes accessible through interviews edited by Minna Lindgren during the creation process of the performance.
The performance will present music by Merula, Rossi, Dowland and Black. A virtuoso quartet composed for Bravade by Sebastian Fagerlund is also performed.
Bravade Recorder Quartet
Dancers: Elina Häyrynen, Jukka Tarvainen
Director: Elina Lajunen
Lighting Designer: Hanna Käyhkö
Sound Technician: Timo Kurkikangas
The performance was premiered at the Helsinki music festival on the 21st of August 2017.
MUSIC FROM THE RENEISSANCE CASTLES AND THE BAROQUE PALACES
This concert features the pearls of recorder quartet music from the Renaissance and Baroque eras. In the time of the Renaissance, recorder quartets became an essential part of court balls and church functions, alike. Our program introduces its listeners to the rhythms of court balls, on the one hand, and to the masters of the Baroque era: J.S. Bach and D. Buxtehude, on the other.
IN THE ARMS OF THE NIGHT
Bravade's renaissance recorders play dark sounds in the summer night. The concert offers the audience besides renaissance music also contemporary musical excitement. The concert includes peace and conflicts, meditative sounds and dissonance. Bravade creates different sounds and is using the total space, where the silence is unexpectedly interrupted.
Music by Tallis, Purcell, J.S. Bach and Ischii. Contemporary finnish music by Sebastian Fagerlund and Olli Virtaperko will also be played.
REFLECTIONS OF THE PAST AND PRESENT
The concert whose theme reflects Bravade's first record presents recorder music from the Renaissance, the Baroque and the modern eras. Each new musical compositions will be accompanied by pieces from the great composers from the 16th through the 18th centuries. The presented compositions were the "punk" or radical music of their time. We will play e. g. Finnish and Dutch modern music. Among the composers you´ll find J.S. Bach, Byrd, Palestrina, Wennäkoski, Meijering.
The concert can also be performed as a crossover production: the dancers Jukka Tarvainen and Elina Häyrynen has made a stunning choreogrphy to the pieces performed by Bravade. The light designer Hanna Käyhkö takes part in the show by creating a world of it´s own within the performance, combining old and new, dance and music and making the show complete.
This program was premiered in February 2014 as the debut CD of the quartet was released in the Music hall in Helsinki and in the Tampere hall.
PUER NATUS IN BETHLEHEM
An exquisite ensemble of Yule-tide Renaissance and Baroque music. This concert includes the participation of cembalist Petteri Pitko and alto Teppo Lampela.
FROM SHEPHERDS’ TUNES TO JUBILATIONS OF DRINK/THE DARK IS MY DELIGHT
This concert, featuring 16th century consort songs, is performed with the sopranist Pasi Hyökki/soprano Tuuli Lindeberg. It proffers its audience moods deriving from merry tunes to heart-breaking plaintive declarations of love.
REDOING THE PIPES
"Have you heard of anything freakier: a recorder quartet meets a French horn quartet on stage! And then they perform together, to boot!" Here, the women in Bravade size up the men of The Golden Horns. In this renovation of the pipes we hear the two quartets in a joint performance of works, such as, “The Twin Choir” by Gabriel, “The Party” an amusing piece by W.W. van Nieuwkerk, as well as, Bulgarian folk music. The quartets also play their own separate repertoires, all nicely mastered into one complete package.
ORGAN & HUMAN ORGAN
A quartet concisting of recorders of various sizes, functioning as a ” human” organ combined with a real organ, is a very rare combination of instruments. In this concert they will be heard both together and separately. As instruments the recorders ar surprisingly similar to organs; a big part of the organ pipes are flue or labial pipes, where the sound is produced in a similar way as in a recorder, whereas in recorder playing the bellows of the organ are replaced by recorder player´s lungs.
In this concert the organist Markku Mäkinen and the Bravade recorder quartet play works by the big german organ composers J.S. Bach and D. Buxtehude.