Leyriath: The Tale of Capricornus
Cantigas de Santa Maria (Alfonso X)
Once again, the TWB Ensemble masterfully intertwines historical music interpretation with captivating storytelling, weaving an enchanting tapestry of sound that transports listeners to the heart of the Iberian medieval era and the mystical realm of Leyriath.
The sixth album by the TWB Ensemble (The Wandering Bard) is an exhilarating journey through sound, a musical marvel that breathes new life into the medieval Cantigas de Santa Maria, attributed to Alfonso X, the Wise, a visionary Iberian king of the 13th century. The album features musical arrangements crafted from this historical repertoire after years of dedicated research by the ensemble’s co-founders, Esin Yardimli Alves Pereira and Ricardo Alves Pereira. These rich melodies were meticulously transcribed from original manuscripts, including the renowned Códice de los Músicos. The commitment of these two pioneers to resurrect this invaluable Galician-Portuguese heritage resonates with every note.
In keeping with their cherished tradition, The Wandering Bard introduces a mesmerizing narrative on the album’s bonus track. Here, listeners are treated to an immersive firsthand experience of myths and legends from the Iberian Peninsula. These evocative tales have not only kindled the flames of inspiration for the musical arrangements spanning eleven tracks, but also gracefully thread beneath the narrative itself.
The TWB Ensemble, renowned for their mastery of instruments including vielle, oud, and traditional percussion, invites the audience to partake in an auditory odyssey that unites past and present, history and myth, with enchanting melodies that beckon the listener to join the ranks of those who have been captivated by the magic of Iberian musical heritage.