Medieval Music by Patrizia Bovi & Peppe Frana
Patrizia Bovi was born in Assisi, Patrizia Bovi studied voice at the Conservatorio di Perugia and with Sergio Pezzetti. Early ensemble work included medieval/Renaissance music with Ensemble Alia Musica (Milan), during which time she attended various seminars on early vocal performance practice in Italy and Europe. Concurrently she interpreted sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Italian repertory including Monteverdi (Ballo delle Ingrate, Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, ecc.) and related repertory
(La Dafne from Marco da Gagliano, Euridice from Jacopo Peri and La Morte di Orfeo from Stefano Landi), and in subsequent years widened her areas of expertise to include music from the thirteenth-century through contemporary music. Bovi has collaborated with various musicians, including Antonio Florio, Pino de Vittorio, Franco Pavan, Marcel Peres, Crawford Young, Begona Olavide and Chiara Banchini. In the 2007/8 season she directed and performed music for the choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s project ‘Myth’, which saw performances in over eighty theaters in Europe and North America.In the 2010/2011 she performed and composed part of music for the choreographers Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet’s project “Babel” and Cherkaoui’s “Play”.“Babel” received in 2011 two “Laurence Olivier” awards.
In 1984 Patrizia Bovi founded Ensemble Micrologus, specialists of medieval Italian music, whose performances continue to find acclaim among international audiences.
Together with Micrologus she recorded numerous CDs for Quadrivium and Opus 111, including the prize-winning “Landini and his Contemporaries” (Diapason d’or de l’annèe 1996), “O Jhesu dolce” (Diapason d’or 1997), and “Napolitane” Opus 111 (Diapason d’or de l’annèee 1999). She founded Meduza project in 2011 to perform unknown repertoires, first two projects were “Lucrezia la figlia del papa”on Lucrezia Borgia’s life and “Justiniane or l’aer veneziano”XV centurty venitian repertotire.
Additionally Bovi is active teaching courses on medieval singing, flavored with years of experience in the performance of Italian traditional music, in settings such as Corsi di Musica Antica (Urbino), Fondation Royaumont (Paris) and University of Texas (Austin).
She teachs at the Centro Studi europeo di musica medievale Adolfo Broegg in Spello since 2009.
In 2008 she was awarded the “Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres” from the Minister of French Culture.
Peppe Frana passionate from a young age about rock music from America and overseas, he quickly became the nightmare of the best electric guitar teachers in the area.At 20 he was dazzled by interest in modal music from outside Europe thanks to the work of Ross Daly and took up the study of Turkish oud and other cordophones played with a plectrum, making frequent trips to Greece and Turkey. There he visited some of the most renowned maestros: Yurdal Tokcan, Omer Erdogdular, Murat Aydemir, Daud Khan Sadozai and Ross Daly himself.
A meeting with the members of Ensemble Micrologus inspired his interest in European medieval music and in plectrum lute. He quickly became one of the most appreciated soloists and teachers specialising in Italian trecento repertoire.
Since 2013 he has been studying medieval lute at the Schola Cantorum in Basel Switzerland under the guidance of Crawford Young, marking his first experience of academic music study.
He has an honours degree in philosophy from the Istituto Universitario “L’Orientale” in Naples.
He regularly works with many artists and musical projects in the world of early, eastern and non-classical music including Ensemble Micrologus, Ensemble Calixtinus, Ensemble Exaquier (Marco Ferrari, Fabio tricomi, Peppe Frana, Fabio Accurso), Ensemble Trenca (Anna Danilevskaia, Atsushi Moriya, Pere Olive, Peppe Frana) Cantsilena, Vinicio Capossela, Radiodervish. His flourishing artistic activities mean he has performed in the most prestigious festivals both in Italy and around the world.