Recordings

Crosswork by Via Artis Konsort, [parla11001]
El Arte de Tañer CD [parla09001]
Via Stellae by Via Artis Konsort, parla08001
Crosswork by Via Artis Konsort, [parla11001] Crosswork by Via Artis Konsort, [parla11001]
Crosswork

Crosswork is a natural continuation of the first Via Artis Konsort CD project Via Stellae [parla08001], a critically acclaimed album which pretended to bring the listener on a musical journey along the ancient European pilgrimage roads.
Crosswork continues the pilgrim tracking by following musical trails from different world cultures which in Medieval times left a great influence on European music. This way the album Crosswork presents music, mostly inedited, from sources found in areas as diverse as Scandinavia, The Osmanic Empire, Spain and the Celtic region in the British Isles.
If that sounds as “musical blending” to you, or a kind of “early world music”, you’re definitely not mistaken. The term World Music may be coined in recent times, but the concept of borrowing musical inspiration from other cultures is far from modern. The ensemble Via Artis Konsort therefore makes use of a musical practice which has been around since Medieval times, and probably even further back.

El Arte de Tañer CD [parla09001] El Arte de Tañer CD [parla09001]
El Arte de Tañer

This album from Via Artis Konsort member Poul Udbye Pock-Steen is the first part of a larger project dealing with early organ music, i.e. organ music from late medieval times to the baroque period, with a special focus on the original period instruments.
This often rare but fascinating organ music contains elements from both art music and popular tones. The music is rich in contrasts – it can be both simple and virtuoso, sometimes pompous, almost boastfully, in other moments meditative, and it mixes a modal expression with a complex polyphony.
The music has been recorded on two renaissance positives at the historic Cathedral of Salamanca, Spain and on the renaissance organ in the Chapel of Queen Dorothea, Soenderborg Castle, Denmark.
The project is currently supported by the Danish Embassy in Madrid and by Fundación Reina Isabel de Dinamarca

Via Stellae by Via Artis Konsort, parla08001 Via Stellae by Via Artis Konsort, parla08001
Via Stellae

This first album from Via Artis Konsort takes the audience on a musical journey along the ancient roads of pilgrimage, from Tyrsted in Denmark, to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, through the beautiful musical landscapes of the late Medieval and the Renaissance periods. The album was released on the label PARLA son in February 2008.
The press wrote about the album: “All of these old and partly reconstructed instruments are exciting to listen to, and there is a rhythmical spirit and energy in this presentation, which seems almost ‘contagious’. [ ....] Via Artis Konsort have certainly brought back something exciting from their pilgrimage to the early music."
Mikael Garnæs, Kristeligt Dagblad. DK, 7th of May 2008