Tasto Solo

An acclaimed ensemble in the early music world, directed by Guillermo Pérez, Tasto Solo claim and re-discovers virtuosic and highly refined musical repertoires of the XIVth and XVth centuries where gothic keyboard instruments became the cornerstone. The group combines historical research and organological reconstruction with an experimental work in which the performers imagine and recreate the techniques and expressive means characteristic of the clavisimbala, organetti and harps of that period. It’s largely thanks to the ensemble that German school of Conrad Paumann and John I of Aragon keyboard minstrels are now familiar and highly appreciated by audiences.

Each concert of Tasto Solo is a unique event. The group pays full attention to every detail, including staging, dramatic rhythm and the interaction between the different pieces of the programme. The audience, inexperienced or connoisseur, is seduced from the first moment, overwhelmed by the sensuality and sonorities of the unusual collection of instruments. Creative spontaneity, improvisation and dialogue between artists emerge from the musical narrative that is only over when the final applause begins.

In 2006, the ensemble won the IYAP-Early Music competition presenting for first time nowadays the astonishing duo recital organetto-clavisimbalum performed by Guillermo Pérez and the renowned medieval harpsichord player David Catalunya. The group developed including regular members Reinhild Waldek and Angélique Mauillon (gothic harps), Andrés Alberto Gómez (gothic organ), featuring guest artists and collaborating with theatre, dance and singing projects.

Tasto Solo is by now one of the leading ensembles on the field of late medieval music and performs regularly at the most prestigious European festivals and venues : Bruges Concertgebouw, Antwerp’s Amuz and Laus Polyphoniae Festival, Utrecht OudeMuziek, Russia Early Music Foundation, Brussels BOZAR, Berlin Konzerthaus, Festival de Regensburg, Fondation Royaumont, Festival de Saintes, Festival de Ribeauvillé, Printemps des Arts de Nantes, Festival de Montfaucon, WDR Festival, Festival Radovljica, Les Concerts de Saint Germain, La Folia Rougemont, Bergen Medieval Music Days, Semana Internacional del Órgano de Granada, L’Auditori de Barcelona, Festival de Música Antigua de Sevilla, Santiago de Compostela, Olivares, Toledo…

The first ensemble’s CD, Meyster ob allen Meystern, published by Passacaille/Musica Vera label, has been described as “a recording that will be undoubtedly a reference in the field of medieval music for many years” (CD Compact magazine), received the celebrated “Diapason d’Or” (Diapason Magazine) as well as a large amount of awards from the international press (Musicora Sélection, KulturRadio “Grossartig”, Toccata Magazin “CD-Tipp”, Audio Clásica “Recomendado-Excelente”, OpusMúsica “Disco del Mes”, Ritmo “Recomendado-Excelente”, CD Compact “Recomendado”, Amadeus “5 Stelle di Amadeus-Migliori CD del Mese”).