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Jota Martínez & Ensemble Alfonsí Instruments to Praise Holy Mary JOTA0320 CD
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FormatAudio CD
Ordering NumberJOTA0320
Release date22/01/2021
  • Andrés Belmonte: Medieval transverse flute & one hand Flute
  • Arturo Palomares: Chant
  • Carles Magraner: Rabel
  • Emilio Villalba: Double winged psaltery
  • Fernando Depiaggi: Ta´arilla
  • Gloria Aleza: Chant & Low Viola
  • Ismael Cabero: Spanish Medieval bagpipe without drone & Flute & Spanish Medieval Small bagpipe without drone
  • Joansa Maravilla: Round Tabal with hands
  • Jota Martínez: Chant, Symphony, Rebab, Citole, Latin Guitar, Péñola Vihuela, Moorish Guitar, Lute CSM, Chess Lute, Squared Psaltery, Trapezoidal Psaltery, Harp, Rotta CSM, Chess Rotta, Shepherd´s pipe of simple reed, Double Flute, Horn, ta´arilla, Octagonal Tabal, Round
  • Juanma Rivero: Chant
  • Lluna Issa Casterà: Chant
  • Mara Aranda: Chant & hand Palms
  • Mercedes Trujillo: Chant
  • Miguel Ángel Orero: Octagonal Tabal & Round Tabal
  • Patricia García: Violas
  • Pedro Víctor López Meseguer: Chant
  • Spyros Kaniaris: Oriental Viola
  • Voro García: Nafir
  • Ángel Vallverdú: Flute & Drum

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      Jota Martínez

      Jota is a specialist in instruments of the Spanish medieval tradition. He was born in Madrid in 1971. In 1987 he began his studies of singing, guitar, music and harmony at the "Dionisio Aguado" Music School.

      In 1996 he began his studies of hurdy-gurdy and specialized in this instrument by attending several courses organized by the Iberian Hurdy-Gurdy Association, given by the best hurdy-gurdy players in Europe. Among others: Valentin Clastrier, Gilles Chabenat, Pascal Lefevre, Isabel Pignol, Ana Lise Foi, Patric Boufard, Mathias Loibner, Ricardo Delfino, etc.

      Since 1990 he has been studying historical and traditional percussion in a selftaught way, reinforced by courses with: David Mayoral and Glen Velez, among others. His specialties in this field are instruments such as: traditional tambourines of the world, square tambourines, round tambourines, dabul, dohola, tabales, nakires, tallira, among others.

      Since 2001, he is being trained in the study of plucked string instruments and specializes in medieval citole and lute.

      Since 1998, he has been working as a multi-instrumentalist, in studio and live, in groups of early music such as: Canto Figurado (Ars Nova), Coral Alfonso X el Sabio (Medieval Spanish Music), Música Antigua de Eduardo Paniagua, Capella de Ministrers (Early Music), Axivil (Early Music), Al Andaluz Project. (Music three cultures in Al Andalus). Diatessaron Ensemble. (Baroque Music), Ensemble Xácara. (Medieval Music and Renaissance), Ensemble L'Allegreza. (Pre-Baroque Spanish Music).

      It is worth mentioning his work in a project of research and reconstruction of the instruments of the peninsular medieval tradition, which has more than 150 pieces and has resulted in the publication of a CD-book, including music and information, called "Musical Instruments of the Spanish Medieval Tradition". Since 2005 he has been composing, recording and producing music for documentaries, short films and musicals in his own studio, "Pilgrim Records".

      Ensemble Alfonsí

      It was in 2004 when I began the task of documenting and reconstructing the musical instruments represented in the Alphonsian works.

      After 15 years of work, in 2019 we managed to complete the only one collection integrated in the world of what we will call “Alphonsian Musical

      Instrumentarium”, and that is nothing more than the faithful reconstruction, and from a practical point of view, of the different musical instruments that I have found in the illuminations and miniatures of the manuscripts made in the court of Alfonso X the Wise; a total of 60 pieces.

      In 2017, I created the Alphonsian Ensemble to offer something we presented as an unprecedented “Alphonsian experience”. Music of the Alphonsian manuscripts, with the instruments represented in them, something unpublished and novel so far. Of course, many concerts on the Cantigas de Santa María have already been done, but until that moment, nobody had done so with the musical instruments of their own time and that they were caught in time, as in a photograph, in the miniatures and illuminations of the same manuscripts.

      In addition to the iconographic sources that have reached us and the few literary entries and records of the time, another very important source when it comes to reconstructing both the instruments and the repertoire is folklore and traditional and root music. In the popular culture of the entire Mediterranean, there have been clues for all this recovery, and as an organologist, musicologist and medievalist, enriched by these traditions, I wanted to find the connections that bind us to this past to show, without any doubt and with total confidence and realism, a new proposal on this Marian repertoire of the thirteenth century, linking historical rigor to tradition, to value this legacy of our intangible heritage, which has been badly treated on some occasions.

      For this task I have surrounded myself with an ensemble whose members have not only had the necessary academic training to play the special instruments they play, but they have also been in permanent contact with traditional peninsular and Mediterranean music, as well as with contemporary music to us, which has demanded from them a preparation for improvisation and an open mind to mixing and musical understanding between cultures.

      Jota Martínez

      Alphonsian Musical Instrumentarium

      The Alphonsian manuscripts, perfectly illuminated and miniatured, are a firstrate iconographic reference to learn about the customs and way of life of their time. It could not be otherwise, and given his great passion for music, many musical instruments put in the hands of his musicians were also represented. This visual information, for those of us dedicated to medieval instruments, is fundamental and gives us a lot of information about the instruments and music of the 13th century.

      From this moment on all musical instruments and sound contraptions represented in the Alphonsian manuscripts, we will call them "Alphonsian instruments", and the collection of all instruments will be called "Alphonsian Musical Instrumentarium".

      This does not mean that they were instruments that the king played or that were only played in his court or were invented, discovered or collected by him or his subjects in his travels, no, none of this.

      It is clear that they are only representations of instruments that were known at the time. Some of them, of the classical tradition, some totally fashionable and others, possibly, being developed and experimented at that precise moment, as it will be showed in the organological study that I am preparing and that I will be publishing shortly. But it seems practical and correct to use a name that brings them all together, and I consider this to be appropriate.

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      CD 1
      • 1.C.S.M.1 Des oge mais quer´eu trobar07:02
      • 2.C.S.M.8 Pedro de Sigrar, el jograr de la Virgen06:05
      • 3.C.S.M.34+77 El icono del judio + Santa Maria de Lugo (instrumental)05:57
      • 4.C.S.M.100 Santa Maria strela do dia03:49
      • 5.C.S.M.120 Quantos me creveren loaran04:29
      • 6.C.S.M.129 La saetada de Murviedro (Sagunto)04:00
      • 7.C.S.M.165-395 La defensa de Tortosa06:22
      • 8.C.S.M.169 Virgen de la Arreixaca de Murcia04:35
      • 9.C.S.M.189 El romero de Valencia (instrumental)04:44
      • 10.C.S.M.238 El jograr tafur (el juglar tahúr)05:55
      • 11.C.S.M.339 Milagro en el mar de Alicante04:05
      • 12.C.S.M.192-397 El moro de Consuegra06:25
      • Total:01:03:28