The multimedia show “The Vindel Parchment: A Musical Journey” created, directed and conducted by Cristina Pato has been a resounding success. The concert, commissioned by the University of Vigo for its Christmas Concert and produced by CUNDE (Cecilia Carballido), explored the idea of continuity through diversity and included seven arrangements of the original songs made by renowned Galician artists from styles such as jazz, early, modern, hip-hop and traditional music: Grupo Martín Códax, Anxo Pintos, Begoña Riobó, Wöyza, the Coro da Mariña conducted by Ugia Pedreira and Pierrot Rougier, Yago Váquez, Roberto Comesaña, Miguel Cabana and Belén L. Méndez “Nacu” (calligraphy). Acclaimed by critics and public alike, here’s what the press had to say:
O espírito musical de Códax – Faro de Vigo, 20/12/2017
Yesterday’s concert, “The Vindel Parchment: A Musical Journey”, directed by Cristina Pato, would very well deserve to go down in the annals of Galician music History, as well as in those of the Cantigas by Martín Códax. The reasons are many. First of all, it managed to make all the participating musicians and singers (about half a hundred) offer different musical visions of the 13th century cantigas showing close interpretations of how they might sound at the time they were born; in addition to more contemporary views that range from soul, pop, classical music, folk and the coral phenomenon.
The second reason comes with the format, a ‘remastering’ of the didactic concert, since between performances small interviews conducted by Pato herself with the musicians were included, about the arrangements they made and about the musicality of the work of Códax and others of greater duration with professors from the University of Vigo Camino Noia e Bieito Arias Freixedo, that managed to show the audience the importance of these medieval songs, their meaning and the more than likely female hand in their creation.
As we approach the end of the year, and after participating in the conference AGACOM – Alén das Fronteiras: Redes na Diversidade at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Cristina sets off for the last stops of 2017.
First, in her hometown Ourense, she is joined by Silkroad’s viola Nicholas Cords for a Chamber Music Concert “Transformación e Espiritualidade” on December 14th.
After that, Cristina will conduct the Christmas Concert of the University of Vigo, focused on the historical Vindel Parchment and its travels “O Pergamiño Vindel: Unha Viaxe Musical”, on December 19th.
And then, to greet the New Year, Cristina joins her Silkroad colleague Wu Tong for the Wu Tong & Friends New Year’s Tour in China, from December 26th to January 4th. Stay tuned for more info!
The historical Vindel Parchment, the jewel of Galician secular music where Martin Codax’s cantigas de amigo are collected, returns to its hometown Vigo, after 700 years! The thirteenth-century manuscript will remain in Vigo’s Museo do Mar until March 2018.
Cristina Pato has been invited by the University of Vigo to produce a show celebrating this historical occasion. “The Vindel Parchment: A Musical Journey” will be held in December with a format that combines music and conversation with experts on the historical document, the concert will include seven arrangements of the original songs made by renowned Galician artists from styles such as jazz, early, modern and traditional music.
The Vindel Parchment: A Musical Journey will take place on december 19 at the Teatro Afundación in Vigo.
Before that though, Cristina will be touring again through the US with the Cristina Pato QUARTET in November, in a series of performances that includes: Chapel Hill, NC (Memorial Hall, University of North Carolina – November 3rd), Erie, PA (Bruno’s Cafe, Pennsylvania State University – November 14th), Princeton University, NJ (Richardson Auditorium – November 16th), and Longwood Gardens, PA (November 17th)
Between November 20 and 21, Cristina will also take part in a conference held at the University of Santiago de Compostela: I Congreso Internacional da Asociación Galega de Investigadoras e Investigadores en Comunicación “Alén das Fronteiras: Redes na Diversidade”.
In other news, on October 13th and 14th Cristina was honored to represent the Silkroad in the celebration of Harvard’s Project Zero 50th Anniversary, with Howard Gardner, David Perkins and Steve Seidel.