Chants du sud et nord/Hirundo Maris

Hirundo Maris is the Latin name for the sea swallow, and similar to the nomadic life of these birds, the quintet of harpist Arianna Savall – partly early music ensemble, partly folk group – floats on musical currents between Norway and Catalonia, enriching them with their own songs

Savall, who comes from a prominent family of Catalan musicians (her mother is the soprano Montserrat Figueras, who died last autumn, her father is the composer and gamba virtuoso Jordi Savall) and her co-leader Petter Udland Johansen have put together a formation for these songs of the North and South with a bright, brilliant group sound, which is characterized by Adrianna’s crystal clear yet always sensually smooth voice. The timeless melodic beauty of Catalan, Sephardic or Norwegian traditionals meets careful arrangements that combine historical information with a contemporary global perspective.