The little-seen performance artistry of the Spanish medieval
period will come to life at Texas A&M International
University for a Thursday, April 5th presentation at 6:30 p.m. at
the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library's Great Room.
"Crisol: The Troubadours from Spain" is a traveling
group dedicated to the presentation of Spanish medieval arts
forms. Their performance will offer highlights of the remarkable
range and impact of art forms of the Spanish Medieval Period that
should delight audiences of all ages. Included will be music on
period instrumentation offered
The event is free of charge and open to the public.
In addition to their performance, the five-member troupe will
visit with University music students and faculty members earlier
in the day, offering master classes and lectures. Their
presentation at A&M International is sponsored in part by the
Organizer Dr. Bill Nichols, A&M International assistant
professor of Spanish, said Crisol's goal is to preserve the rich
cultural treasures of the Spanish Medieval Period and share them
with audiences of all ages.
"The exhilarating mix of Moors, Jews, and Christians in
the Iberian Peninsula during the 8th through 14th centuries
produced an enormous and eclectic field of music which spread
across the Iberian kingdoms by the art of the troubadours. This
troubadour movement had a marked influence on the development of
world history, he explained, "Crisol, inspired by the
spirits of the first troubadours, now shares this period gift in
special lectures and performances across the country and around
Originally from Barcelona, Spain, Crisol initiated
considerable research on the medieval spirit there and after
meticulous work developed a repertoire of melodies which captured
the indescribable flavor of medieval Iberia.
Considered heirs of the troubadour legacy, Crisol moves beyond
time with an "Ars Magna" which they effectively
transform into sentiments and vibrations that people can feel.
They combine traditional and modern instruments, transmitting an
age-old spirit with modern features.
Dr. Nichols explained that the music of Crisol, born in the
troubadour lyric, presents itself in modern times adorned with
new forms without straying from its essence.
"Their music is a magical alchemy, making old sounds
accessible to all audiences," he said.
Crisol is a non-profit organization, and has been based in New
Mexico since 1995, dedicated solely to cultural and educational
purposes. They have appeared to enthusiastic audiences throughout
the United States, Europe, Central America, China and Japan.
From their headquarters in Chimayo, New Mexico, the company
tours the U.S. to reach audiences of all ages in schools,
theaters, universities, museums, community centers and churches.
For additional information, please contact the A&M
international Office of Public Affairs and Information Services
at 326.2180, visit offices in Killam Library 268 or email to
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