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.

Previous Albums


Contemporary music, early music, world music and classical music works. Click here to see all previous releases.

In “Streams of Tranquility”, the immersive and modern melodies weave the album’s soundscape into the depths of calmness within the contemporary music scene. Aside from presenting his skills as a classical guitar player, in this album Ricardo Alves Pereira also shares his composer side with the audience; and it is fresh, intimate and inviting.

“My Vielle and the Rest” is a collection of 12th and 13th century songs, mainly but not only composed by troubadours and trouvairitz, presented as instrumental music in their most profound and most candlelit form for the audience to experience the silence, enjoy the darkness and cherish everything one can find within.

“The Foundation” is a complete collection of works first published in 1836, known as the Introduction à l’Étude de la Guitare, Op.60, written by composer and virtuoso guitarist Fernando Sor, one of the most famous musicians of the classical and romantic era. 

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Examplified with a song from The Wandering Bard’s latest album LEYRIATH: The Tale of Capricornus, which is CSM 330 “Qual é a santivigada”, this article provides friendly insight for those curious on medieval music and manuscripts, with the Códice de los Músicos in its focal point.



CordaSonora, found by Esin Yardimli Alves Pereira and Ricardo Alves Pereira, began with the purpose of providing artistic and promotional material for ensembles the two musicians were participating in, extending from early music to jazz. In years, the content creation grew into a record label and photography/video production tailored for each formation.

CordaSonora team believes in artistic independence. Ricardo reflected this on his solo classical guitar career through Musical Narratives, a technique to redefine the concept of concert repertoire and storytelling; and Esin expanded her career as a violinist from metal to jazz to world music and composing, aside from her international classical training. Their search for independence merged together in the first ensemble they became founding members of; the TWB ensemble (The Wandering Bard) recorded their first LP with the recording gear Esin obtained through winning the Outstanding Talent Award from the Keep An Eye Foundation for her participation as the concert-master of the Jong Metropole 2017 project that lead to her investment in music production and sound engineering. This became the beginning of a journey that is getting better by the minute.

The CordaSonora philosophy is about presenting the product from a 100% authentic and autonomous channel; which is why not only the audio production but the visual content presented in this page are provided by the musicians themselves.