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    The Ensemble

    MALA PUNICA THE ENSEMBLE

    Mala Punica combines musicological research with bold musical expression: virtuoso solo singing and playing, rich contrapuntal improvisation, and thorough stage presentation.

    Founded and directed by Pedro Memelsdorff, Mala Punica (Latin for pomegranates, symbol of fertility) is a vocal-instrumental ensemble devoted to the Ars nova and Ars subtilior—a luxuriant polyphonic repertoire that spread across Europe at the end of the Middle Ages.

    Wieliczka (PL), Salt Mine, Paschalia Festival
    Mala Punica in Wieliczka (PL), Salt Mine, Paschalia Festival

    The ensemble’s path-breaking career includes eight recordings and over four-hundred concerts which have completely revolutionized the repertoire, changed accepted views and established new standards in the performance of medieval music, as well as reviving neglected composers such as Paolo da Firenze, Matteo da Perugia, Antonello and Filippotto da Caserta or Antonio Zacara da Teramo.

    Mala Punica has performed in many of the most renowned venues, early-music festivals, and classical series throughout Europe and North and South America. This includes the Konzerthaus and Musikverein in Vienna, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, the Queen Elizabeth Hall at Southbank in London, the Théâtre de la Ville and Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Festwochen der Alten Musik in Innsbruck, the December Nights in Moscow, the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, the Lucerne Festival and the Early Music Festivals of St Petersburg, York, Utrecht, Boston, Mexico City, Bogotá, Antwerp, Saintes and New York.

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    Mala Punica reveals to us a universe of true musical goldsmithing.

    Jacques Merlet

    Mala Punica in Wieliczka (PL), Salt Mine, Paschalia Festival
    Wieliczka (PL), Salt Mine, Paschalia Festival
    Mala Punica in Wieliczka (PL), Salt Mine, Paschalia Festival
    Mala Punica in Wieliczka (PL), Salt Mine, Paschalia Festival
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    Mala Punica’s Sidus praeclarum concert in Mexico City: one of the happiest days of my life.

    Georgina Derbez

    The ensemble has held artistic residencies at the Fondation Royaumont in Paris, the AMUZ Centre in Antwerp, the University of California at Davis, the György Ligeti Festival Milano Musica/Teatro alla Scala in Milan and Harvard University in Cambridge, MA.

    Mala Punica’s recordings (Arcana, Erato, Harmonia Mundi, Ambroisie) have received more than forty international awards—such as several Diapason d’Or de l’année, Choc du Monde de la Musique, 10 de Répertoire, Classica, Prix Joker and the Cannes awards in France; the Cæcilia Award in Belgium; the Prix Studio in Poland and Edison Award in The Netherlands; and the Premio Vivaldi in Italy.

    They have also inspired avant-garde composers such as the Mexican Georgina Derbez and Argentinian Pablo Ortiz, whose Non più infelice and Alius I-III were premiered in Köln and Basle in 2010 and 2014.

    Contact Mala Punica: info@malapunica.com

    Mala Punica reveals to us a universe of true musical goldsmithing.

    — Jacques Merlet

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