Saltarello Trio

Saltarello Trio

Condensing a thousand years of music it into just two hours might be a bit of a challenge, but Saltarello Trio are here to step up to the plate!

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A lot can happen in a thousand years. Condensing it into just two hours might be a bit of a challenge, but Saltarello Trio step up to the plate, tracing a clear musical line from Hildegard Von Bingen to Kaija Saariaho, taking in multiple stops along the way to admire the work of Dowland, Vivaldi and Purcell.

The trio are all very familiar to Irish audiences, their collective and vast experience in the fields of classical and contemporary music have brought us many fine and memorable occasions, but for this outing they seek out the colours and textures of folk music to inform their witty arrangements. In this, they highlight the connections and similarities that exist between soundworlds of today and of hundreds of years ago, and Garth Knox's new composition, specially commissioned for this tour by Music Network as a companion piece to his Black Brittany, will sit across the centuries, mediating a conversation between past and present. The trio's gorgeous swirling string lines and tasty percussion open a new window on old music, proving that a good tune can speak easily to all of us, no matter what the language, no matter when the time.

Garth Knox, medieval fiddle | viola d’amore | viola
Sylvain Lemêtre, percussion
Agnès Vesterman, cello

Tickets and information on dates and venues for this tour will be released in August 2019.  


Saltarello trio perform an Irish selection at Poisson Rouge

Purcell: Oedipus - Arr. for viola d'amore and cello - Music For A While

"a mesmerising tour-de-force of combined talking and drumming."

- The Irish Times [on Lemêtre]

"Hearing such timeless songs in Knox’s arrangements is to hear them as if they were always intended for these instruments."

- Limelight Magazine (Australia)

"Superb, earthy playing."

- The Guardian [on Knox]

"Quite simply one of the most outstandingly magical discs I have heard."

- Gramophone [on Knox & Vesterman’s d’Amore]