Ludovico’s Band  is one of Australia’s most dynamic baroque bands. Taking its name from the influential 16th century Spanish harpist, Ludovico, the band is acclaimed for its performances of music from the 16th to the 18th centuries, including the great works from the Italian and Spanish baroque. Led by Marshall McGuire (harp) and Tommie Andersson (theorbo/lute), and joined by Rachael Beesley, Julia Fredersdorff, Ruth Wilkinson and Samantha Cohen, in 2012 the ensemble expanded to orchestral proportions to include some of Australia’s finest period-instrument musicians for JS Bach’s St John Passion, and performances of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro for Victorian Opera.

 Formed in 2002, the ensemble emerged from the desire to create a predominately plucked basso continuo band, whilst highlighting the solo repertoire of early plucked instruments.

The ensemble has collaborated with leading soloists, such as Genevieve Lacey, Liane Keegan, Anna McDonald, Tyrone Landau and Jane Edwards in programs ranging from early English Folk music to 17th Century Italian song. In 2006 Ludovico’s Band and vocal ensemble e21 collaborated on a theatrical presentation of Monteverdi’s Eighth Book of Madrigals, including the mini-opera Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, which has subsequently been performed in Castlemaine, Ballarat, and the Sydney Opera House Studio. The group has performed extensively throughout Australia, for Musica Viva Australia; Melbourne International Arts Festival; Ballarat Organs of the Goldfields Festival; Historic Houses Trust Sydney; Sydney Opera House, and ABC Classic FM.

Ludovico’s Band released its first CD – The Italian Ground – in 2007, and performed Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo: favola in musica for the Queensland Music Festival the same year.

In 2011, Ludovico’s Band performed with Victorian Opera in Baroque Triple Bill at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

Since 2012, we’ve presented a regular series in the stunning Salon of the Melbourne Recital Centre as part of the Local Heroes and Southbank Series.

…Outstanding virtuosity on the part of both instrumentalists and singers, coupled with a sense of theatre, invested this superb music with great emotional intensity.

The Age Melbourne 2014

 

 

Images: Stephen Godbee, Albert Comper, Mamo Photography, and Gil Meydan