Galician - Portuguese Music of the Middle Ages
James Carrier: shawms, saz, tambourine.
Hazel Ketchum: voice, saz, chit arra percussion
John Holenko: oud, saz
Geoff Cormier percussion
The lavish manuscripts of the Cantigas de Santa Maria are beautifully illustrated with miniatures depicting musicians and instruments of the period. Among the many instruments represented are: the large Arabic oud, the long-necked lute or saz, the small chitarra latina, shawms, end-blown flutes, harps and an assortment of percussion instruments. The instruments, many of eastern origin, are depicted being played by Spanish court figures, Moors and Jews. We have used all of these instruments in various combinations in our performances. The small guitar, probably indigenous to Spain, adds a particular local color to the sound.
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