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InTabula unites two of the next generation of Canadian musicians specializing in medieval repertoire, Esteban La Rotta and Katelyn Clark. Their affinity for music and shared approach to medieval repertoire has led them to create an ensemble that explores the instrumental output of the fifteenth century. In-tabulare, literally 'to set on a table', describes the creative process of 'setting' multi-voiced music that was intended to be performed by several musicians, into a single score. This allows players of instruments with polyphonic capabilities (such as lute and various keyboards) to read from a single source. This arduous process requires preparing a place to work, usually a table. The table was a central part of life in the Middle Ages. It would not only serve as a cooking and dining tool, but also as a place for family and community gathering and, of course, as a work space. InTabula has gathered at the table to prepare the music for this project, selecting works from various medieval sources. Some, like the Faenza Codex and the Buxheimer Orgelbuch, some are vocal models for which new InTabulations have been created by the ensemble. Now we gather again around the table, to share this wonderful repertoire in performance.
Katelyn Clark specializes in the performance of historical repertoire and experimental music on early keyboard instruments. She has concertized extensively as a soloist and chamber musician, performing in Canada, Spain, Austria, France, and The Netherlands. Katelyn has been an artist in residence at the Banff Centre, NES in Iceland, Artscape on Toronto Island, and was a fellow at OMI in the USA. Originally from Victoria, British Columbia, she studied with Bob van Asperen (Conservatorium van Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Christophe Rousset (Accademia Musicale Chigiana, Siena, Italy), Erich Schwandt/Doreen Oke (University of Victoria, BC), and Tom Beghin/Hank Knox (McGill University, Montréal, Québec).Her artistic study and practice have been generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, The BC Arts Council, Le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, The Banff Centre, and the Early Music Society of the Islands.
Lutenist Esteban La Rotta specializes in a variety of early plucked instruments. While he has extensive experience as a continuo player and soloist, his interest in the origins of the lute as a polyphonic instrument brought him to pursue a specialization in the solo repertoire for lute from the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. He can be heard at early music festivals in the Americas and Europe, whether it's with the Canadian ensemble Pallade Musica, which he co-founded, or with other renowned early music groups. La Rotta's performances have been broadcast on the CBC in Canada, and the BBC in England. He can be heard on the Atma, Recercare and Pasacaille labels.