6.00 p.m.

Church of San Lorenzo


Andrea De Carlo, viola da gamba and director – Nora Tabbush, soprano


The New Spain: From Renaissance music to jarocho sones


New Spain, the greatest viceroyalty and jewel of the crown of Spain, stretched from California and Texas (in the present United States of America) to the confines of Costa Rica, in Central America. The viceroyalty was created in 1535, and disappeared after the War of Independence of Mexico, in 1821. The main form of their traditional music is the son. The son originated in Spain (with strong influences from other parts of the Mediterranean basin, notably Italy) and already in the sixteenth century it can be found in the vihuela books. In Mexico, the son became the oldest, most endearing and vital part of traditional music, and also an important part of his Baroque past.


Johannes Cornago (fl.1453-1475)
Ayo visto lo Mappamondo

Santiago de Murcia (1673-1739)
(Codex Zuola, siglo XVII, Perú)

(Codex Saldívar, c.1732, México)

Anonymous (siglo XVI)
Tres morillas m’enamoran
(Cancionero de Palacio, ss. XV/XVI)

Santiago de Murcia
Los Ympossibles / La Lloroncita
(Codex Saldívar, c.1732, México)

Son mixteco El Guajolote

Son huasteco La Petenera

Son de danza El Torito

Son huasteco El Gusto

Los Cuates Castilla (c.1930)
Son jarocho La Media Bamba

Son jarocho La Morena

Duration: 60’

Arrangements: Quito Gato



Nora Tabbush, soprano
Josué Meléndez Peláez, corneto, jaranas and voice
Daniel Zapico, Baroque guitar
Pablo Zapico, Baroque guitar
Andrea De Carlo, viola da gamba and director


Andrea De Carlo, viola da gamba and director. Born in Rome, he began his musical career as a jazz double bass player. In 2005 he created the Ensemble Mare Nostrum, which in 2006 recorded an original orchestration of J. S. Bach’s Orgelbuchlein awarded the Diapason d’Or Decouverte, and in 2009 Le Concert des Violes, a French polyphony collection that receives 5 Diapason for the Diapasón magazine. In 2012 he publishes Il Concerto Delle Viole Barberini, a CD of Madrigals and instrumental music of Roman music of seventeenth century, and Nueva España, a CD of Spanish and Mexican music. In 2013 Occhi Belli, Occhi Neri, a CD of unpublished cantatas by Marco Marazzoli and in 2014 opens The Stradella Project dedicated to the works of Alessandro Stradella. The first four volumes, the serenade La Forza Delle Stelle and the oratorios S. G. Crisostomo, Santa Editta and Santa Pelagia have been applauded by international critics. In 2018 the fifth volume will be released, including the world premiere of A. Stradella’s opera La Doriclea with the ensemble Il Pomo D’Oro.

Ensemble Mare Nostrum. A Roman ensemble directed by Andrea De Carlo, Ensemble Mare Nostrum is one of the most original and surprising Baroque ensembles, already a reference in the Roman Baroque music and especially in the performance of the works of the great composer Alessandro Stradella. Founded in 2005, the Ensemble Mare Nostrum begins as a “Consort of Viols”, but they immediately opened to a wider repertoire, exploring the relationship between language, affetti and sound nature. The personal research of Andrea De Carlo in this field opens new prospects in technique and aesthetic of 17th-century vocal music. Their performance of music for “Consort of Viols” and works for organ and harpsichord (a common practice in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries) has resulted in different projects: an original orchestration of Orgelbuchlein by J. S. Bach for MA Recordings (USA); the CD Le Concert des Violes, dedicated to French polyphony, for the label Ricercar (Outhere); and the CD Nueva España, released for the label Alpha (Outhere) in 2012 and which presents a journey between the Spanish and Mexican music from the Renaissance to modern times.