October 01, 2015

L'Arpeggiata celebrate 15 years performing their unique blend of Baroque

Christina Pluhar's early music explorers mark their 15th anniversary with a festival and a new album.

In 2000, with the beginning of a new millennium, the theorbist, harpist and conductor Christina Pluhar founded her ensemble l’Arpeggiata. The group quickly took flight and has gone from strength to strength over the past 15 years, having given more than 800 concerts in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia, and with more than a dozen acclaimed albums to its name.

With richly imaginative programmes brought to life by exceptional musicians and singers (including guests Philippe Jaroussky, Véronique Gens, Gianluigi Trovesi, Pepe Habichuela), l’Arpeggiata have built up a loyal following of music-lovers. Following their first successes, Christina Pluhar continued to explore an adventurous, genre-defying musical path combining music from different cultures and eras – the approach that still shapes l’Arpeggiata’s signature sound today.

This is an ensemble that never stops reinventing itself and the music it plays, with musicians that push boundaries and collaborations that are always surprising and invigorating.

L'Arpeggiata marks its 15th anniversary with a special event in Paris: the Arpeggiata Festival. Held at the elegant Salle Gaveau over two evenings, the festivities include a concert around the stunning new album of music by Cavalli, l'Amore innamorato, a 'surprise' programme, and a late-night jam: all journeying through 15 incredible years of musical adventure, with the long-serving ensemble musicians and returning guest soloists that have come to define the group's inimitable style.

On the programme: frenzied tarantellas, improvisations, fabulous voices, devilish dances, and a generous helping of humour and surprises!

The Festival l'Arpeggiata takes place on 14-15 November at the Salle Gaveau, Paris.

The limited edition CD/DVD of the new album, Cavalli: l'Amore Innamorato, is out 23 October. The bonus DVD includes 15 years of l'Arpeggiata performance highlights.