Raffaella Bortolini - Shawm, Recorder, Douçaine, Direction
Rachel Heymans - Bombard, Recorder, Double Flute, Douçaine
Matteo Nardella - Bombard, Bagpipe, Recorder, Percussions
Daniel Serafini - Buisine, Slide Trumpet, Sackbut, Percussions
The Tales of Bacchus
A musical journey rediscovering wine culture in medieval times
During the middle ages, wine was the most widely consumed beverage. The vines were at first cultivated primarily by the expert hands of monks in their monasteries. Eventually, the vineyards started to take over in the feudal lands, and its products to be largely consumed both for pleasure and necessity.
Wine starts to acquire a double value. In its catholic conception, it is the emblem of life and sacrifice, in men's daily-life, it becomes the symbol of the liberation from one's own concerns. The great importance assumed by wine, reflects on the huge quantity of poetic and musical works in which wine appears or even plays the leading role.
During the course of this musical journey, we will get to know the figure of Saint Tortuel, we will celebrate the pagan god Bacchus with inebriated music performed at sumptuous feasts and we will discover how wine was elevated to a divine dimension through the seductive melody of the "Missa Vineaux".
The ensemble, which specialises in medieval music, was founded in 2015 in Basel (CH) and features the instruments of the Alta Cappella: shawm, bombard and trumpet, in alternation to the softer sounds of recorders and douçaines (still shawms). With the desire of bringing the essence of medieval music to the audience in a faithful but original manner, the Ensemble has already played at numerous festivals throughout Europe.
In 2018 and 2019, Ensemble Seraphim completed two successful tours performing in Switzerland, northern Italy, southern France, Luxembourg and Belgium with the programme "The Tales of Bacchus", dedicated to the history and culture of wine in Europe.
In 2020 Ensemble Seraphim focused on updating and refreshing existing programmes and started to plan new exciting projects to be presented shortly.