Cantoría is a specialised emerging ensemble in the Spanish vocal repertoire of the Renaissance. Created in summer 2016 within the framework of the International Early Music Festival of Sierra Espuña, it has its origin in the Department of Early Music of the Higher School of Music of Catalonia (Barcelona). It is formed by Inés Alonso (soprano), Samuel Tapia (countertenor), Jorge Losana (tenor and conductor) and Valentín Miralles (double-bass).
Selected for the European cooperation programme EEEmerging (European Emerging Ensembles), the group has maintained an intense activity in 2018 with concerts in Italy, Germany, France, Belgium, Spain and the Netherlands. Likewise, in 2017 it was selected as the young talent by the IYAP (International Young Artist’s Presentation) of Ambers, the fringe edition of Musica Antiqua - Early Music Festival of Bruges and the fringe edition of the prestigious festival Oude Muziek of Utrecht, which it also attended in 2018. That same year, was selected for the MuSAE project by the Juventudes Musicales España. It is a member of GEMA (Association of Spanish Groups of Early Music) and NOEME (Network of Early Music Ensembles) and counts with the support of the INAEM (Instituto Nacional de Artes Escénicas y Musica), the ICA (Instituto de las Industrias Culturales y las Artes de la Región de Murcia and the Higher School of Music of Catalonia.
The repertoire of Cantoria is mainly based on the vocal repertoire of the Spanish Golden Century, paying special attention to secular music gathered in songbooks and ‘ensaladas’. Together with the respect for the research of historic performing techniques, Cantoria searches for a new approach to Spanish vocal music, from flexibility in diction and the expression of text significance, exploring and harnessing the maximum theatrical and communicative character of Renaissance vocal music. For such a purpose, it normally woks with specialised singers and players in historic performance, searching in their performance new perspectives of relation between voice, text, the body and emotions. Likewise, Cantoria collaborates with the Teatro Strappato Company, specialised in the theatre of the 16th and 17th centuries, to complete productions and shows, among which worthy of mention is Entremeses y Ensaladas, a run through the ensaladas of Mateo Flecha and the entremeses of Lope de Rueda.