ECOS Festival - Música Antigua en Sierra Espuña
Aledo | Alhama | Librilla | Mula | Pliego | Totana
(Región de Murcia)
Early Music Project
Torre del Homenaje
Plaza del Castillo
30859 Aledo (Murcia)
Telephone: (+34) 659 261 494
The Festival ECOS de Música Antigua en Sierra Espuña is celebrated during July in the municipalities of Aledo, Alhama, Librilla, Mula, Pliego and Totana, of the Murcia Region, offering a set of concerts, children’s activities and tourist experiences regarding early music. The activities are organised through the Academia Internacional ECOS, which invites young professionals specialised in early music to work with professors of international prestige. The Festival is organised by the platform Early Music Project, whose purpose is to promote and encourage knowledge and dissemination of early music in the Spanish southeast, relating it with culture, history, art, tourism, heritage and nature.
The ensembles chosen to participate in the programme receive each year work sessions with the guest professor, complete promotional material and offer concerts in the different municipalities of Sierra Espuña. The groups have the opportunity of sharing experiences and preparing themselves for the work market thanks to the exchange with the international musicians of the NOEME (Network of Early Music Ensembles) network, which visited Sierra Espuña on those days.
The range of activities of the ECOS Festival is completed by the dissemination of early music with talks given by musicologists and workshops for the youngest public, routes through the most singular locations of Sierra Espuña, meetings with local artists and evenings of chamber music.
Likewise, the Festival welcomed the rehearsals of the Ensemble ECOS of Sierra Espuña, which rehearsed and performed during the days of the Festival. This vocal ensemble, conducted by Jorge Losana consists of young talents and bases its activity on the recovery and added value of the musical heritage of the Spanish southeast. Since 2018, the ensemble collaborates with the I+D Excellence Project ‘Polifonía hispana y música de tradición oral en la era de las Humanidades digitales’ (HAR2016-75371-P, Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Competitividad, 2016-2020, IPs: Emilio Ros-Fábregas and María Gembero-Ustárroz). In this Project, attached to the Institución Milá y Fontanals, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Barcelona, professors of the universities of Cantabria, Granada, Jaen and Murcia also participate.