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We've signed with Centaur Records! Due out in early 2017.
Our first CD will constitute the complete oeuvre of Leonora Duarte (1610-1678), a Portuguese converso living in Antwerp, and the only known woman in the seventeenth century to write music for viols. Her extant work, seven Sinfonias in five parts, has never been recorded in its entirety until now. The disc will shed light on a previously under-researched thread of music history: that of the cultural accomplishments of women marrano in early modern Europe. Like many educated women in the baroque world, Duarte came from an established family of patrons interested in supporting the work of artists and musicians. Her interactions with a vibrant, urban community cultivated by her father, Gaspar Duarte, empowered her to navigate the waters of social diplomacy while influencing the production of new music. We hope that a fresh and elegant recording of Duarte will both contribute to our knowledge of music by women in the seventeenth-century domestic sphere, and help illuminate the complex and symbiotic relationship between Duarte and her male contemporaries, some of whom we will also include, among them Tudor composer, John Bull (1562/3–1628), likely her tutor, as well as Alfonso Ferrabosco II (c. 1575–1628), and John Jenkins (1592–1678). The disc will also feature a photography essay by Teju Cole, award-winning author and photography critic of The New York Times Magazine.