The Wandering Bard

The Wandering Bard is an ensemble that merges qualities of early music with delights of immortal folk music.

Inspired by the traditions of bards, the ensemble tells stories during the performances. Ricardo Alves Pereira’s concept of musical narratives has found a natural home in these concerts. Written by Ricardo, the narratives told in between the pieces bind individual works together, which builds an arch over the whole performance. This unique performance technique captures the audience to be part of the tales from the British Isles. 

The Wandering Bard’s members are all classically trained musicians, as well as specializing in early music and folk music. Their repertory includes pieces from well known early music composers and anonymous contributors of 17th and 18th century who created the basis of traditional folk and early music.

They are an international group who have been invited to perform in various venues and festivals in the UK, Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands. They recently participated in Brighton Fringe 2019 in the UK and Pianton Festival 2019 in Spain. With all musical arrangements created by the ensemble, the group also gives workshops for arrangement making and forming musical narratives.

After their successful album carrying the name of the band, their second album is also available on all major music stream platforms, and the physical copies are exclusively available during their concerts. Third album is on the way!

The Wandering Bard plays The Raggle Taggle Gypsies
Music video by Tariq Khawaja

Albums

Physical format of the albums are exclusively available during concerts.

The Lady in Green (2019)

“The Lady in Green” is the second album of the early music/folk ensemble and it is now available to the audience via all major music streaming platforms. This narrative tells the challenges of a romantic affair between a prince and a singer whom were not meant to be. The repertory includes works of Henry Purcell and John Dowland as well as traditional rheels and an unforgettable song we all know called Greensleeves. 

Soprano: Kat Carson
Violin: Esin Yardimli Alves Pereria
Classical guitar: Ricardo Alves Pereira
Bodhran: Adam Passingham
Narrative written by: Ricardo Alves Pereira
Cover art: Kat Carson
Cover design: Esin Yardimli Alves Pereira
Recorded @ CordaSonora studios, August 2018
Mix: Esin Yardimli Alves Pereira
Mastering: Metehan Köktürk

The Wandering Bard, A Musical Narrative (2018)

“The Wandering Bard, a musical narrative” is the first album of the early music/folk ensemble and it is now available to the audience via all major music streaming platforms. This narrative is a fantastical adventure born from timeless folk songs from the British Isles and tells the story of a wanderer in search of a cure for a beautiful dying girl. Join the wandering bard in this album, and follow him throughout his quest to find the healing lavender flower!

Soprano: Kat Carson
Violin: Esin Yardimli Alves Pereria
Classical guitar: Ricardo Alves Pereira
Bodhran: Adam Passingham
Narrative written by: Ricardo Alves Pereira
Cover art: Kat Carson
Cover design: Esin Yardimli Alves Pereira
Recorded @ CordaSonora studios, February 2018
Mix: Metehan Köktürk
Mastering: Metehan Köktürk&Adham Farid
Guest&Assistant: Esin Yardimli Alves Pereira

The Wandering Bard plays The Saucy Sailor
Music video by Esin Yardimli Alves Pereira

Workshops

The Wandering Bard’s repertory is build upon musical narratives that shape and give direction to the already existing music. This method is useful for individuals to understand and perform music better, and for audience to follow and enjoy the music even more.

The workshops given by The Wandering Bard consists of three major parts. The workshop is to build confidence in one’s creativity and teamwork skills. During the workshop the training group
-Learns how to arrange music,
Devises a musical narrative based on any musical material they have at hand,
Discovers the repertory the ensemble is currently working on.

The workshops are suitable for choirs, ensembles, instrumental groups and individuals of all age. There is no particular level of musical training required. The ensemble works with the training group depending on their level.

The repertory at hand is used to build the musical narrative, so learning a new piece or new pieces during the workshop is possible as well but is not necessary. At the end of the workshop the ensemble and the training group performs the newly created musical narrative with new arrangements done during the preparation.

Their last Musical Narratives Workshop and the concert from the results of the workshop was done and performed on Septemper 2019 with the BREMF Community Choir and Andrew Robinson, focusing on repertories of King Henry VIII, Thomas Thallis and William Byrd.

From the performance with BREMF Community Choir after the TWB Musical Narrative Workshop 2019 October

Members

Kat Carson is a British soprano currently living and working in the Netherlands. After graduating from Sussex University with a first class BA in Music, she has moved to Amsterdam and is working towards her Masters under Sinan Vural at Tilburg Hogeschool vor de Kunsten and with Xenia Mejer in Amsterdam. Kat has worked with ensembles from The Sixteen and Musica Secreta to Galician group Resonet, and was a member of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain. She has also performed in some of the largest venues in the UK and abroad; from the Royal Albert Hall to various English Cathedrals and has performed on BBC Radio 3 on multiple occasions. 

Ricardo Alves Pereira is a guitarist who leads his audience to imagine stories through his musical narratives for classical guitar. During his concerts, the repertoire is presented with a unique parallel content, guiding the listener to experience a new interpretation of the story his guitar is telling. He has received several prizes in music competitions and has been invited to give solo concerts, with ensembles, and with orchestra in Portugal, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, UK and Turkey. He travelled through Europe to receive his education from some of the most renowned classical guitar players. His teachers included Ilda Coelho, Margarita Escarpa, Duo Melis and Zoran Dukic.

Esin is a musician with diverse experience in a variety of different musical styles and genres. She studied classical violin with many talent grants in Turkey and in Spain. As a member of various orchestras (Metropole Orkest, IUDKSO, Vigo 430…) and ensembles she gave concerts in UK, Portugal, Azerbaijan, Russia, France, Spain, Turkey, Germany and The Netherlands.
She also performs in non-classical projects; mostly rock, jazz, Celtic and blues. She studied jazz violin in The Netherlands (CvA) with Jeffrey Bruinsma, Julia Philippens and Tim Kliphuis, under the AHK Talent Grant.

The Wandering Bard plays Scarborough Fair
Music video by Esin Yardimli Alves Pereira

Live Videos and Split Screen Collaborations

The Wandering Bard is Internationally Available For;

Festivals,
Story telling events,
Large and small halls,
Concert venues,
Private gatherings.
katcarsonsoprano@gmail.com