Javier Alonso Marquez Garcia (1541-1614) – Super Flumina Babylonis
The Super Flumina babylonis was a common compositional subject in
renaissance music. This version by the Spanish composer Javier Alonso
Marquez Garcia; long thought lost, was recently discovered by a group
of researchers at Birmingham Conservatoire during their recent
pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. Originally scored for Reed Pipe,
Jews Harp, Sackbut, 2 Viols and Hurdy Gurdy, The version you hear
tonight will be performed on their modern equivalents.

Javier Alonso Marquez Garcia (1541-1614) Lived and worked all of his
life in Toledo, Spain. He was an exact contemporary of the painter El
Greco with whom he was known to have to have played dice and drank
with. Both men were large influences on each other; and just as El
Greco has been regarded as a precursor of both Expressionism and
Cubism, Marquez Garcia is seen as a forerunner to Hyperpolyphony and
free improvisation

Alto Sax/Melodica: Seán Clancy
Bass Trombone: Murphy McCaleb
Violin: Roberto Alonso Trillo
Double Bass: Sebastiano Dessanay
Live Electronics: Tychonas Michailidis

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