Ex Luce Color - Out of the Light Comes Color
Through a common light and shared musical sensibility, the musicians of the Ex Luce ensemble seek to bridge early music and contemporary music. In doing so they bring to their audiences a most evocative and exquisite palette of colors and sounds. Their objective is to bring these diverse sound worlds together in a single program which surprises and enchants the listener.
Ex Luce brings pieces scarcely performed face to face with pieces that support the development of music of the XXI century; A period of music in which one of the most evident characteristics is the integration of styles, ages and places from a vast spectrum.
Ex Luce is ultimately an expanding ensemble incorporating fine musicians to accommodate their chosen repertoire. While the Ex Luce musicians come from diverse nationalities and musical backgrounds, they share a common musical language unique to their ensemble. The cultural diversity in their ensemble is the foundation and inspiration for their interest in music of many cultures: a starting point which enables them to see more clearly the rich musical history of various communities. In addition, their combined studies of early, contemporary, jazz, celtic and flamenco music give them a breadth of experience. The unique programs presented by Ex Luce reflect this characteristic and are realized with expertise.
The group was founded in 2004 after an invitation to the Festival Les Melanges du Printemps brought 4 musicians together. On this occasion soprano, Anne Quintin and violinist, Julia Schröder joined Colleen Jennings and Ana Arnaz to perform a program entitled Deux voix deux. After this performance, several composers wrote pieces for Ex Luce, pieces that have been presented on different festivals in Germany, Spain, USA and France.
In 2005 Ana and Colleen invited Alessandra to join them for a program for 2 violins and soprano which featured a piece written for them by composer, Gail Jennings, called 3 Celtic Poems and which brought together celtic folk tunes and flamenco dance rhythms. Again in 2007 these 3 presented a program entitled Black, Brown, and White. This program mixes in American gospel songs in such a way that the listener can recognize that this period is not as far musically from the 20th Century as say Romanticism is from Classicism.
For a sample program click on the "Music" page.