Todos los Tonos y Ayres
Todos los Tonos y Ayres is the first Spanish early music ensemble specialising in the research of early Chinese music. After training in China, Abigail R. Horro and Rubén García Benito founded this project which aims to raise awareness of the historical and musical relations that existed in the past between Europe and Asia, as well as the presence of Iberian music beyond its own borders, always with the utmost respect and historically informed rigour towards the musical manifestations of all the cultural contexts they work in. Todos los Tonos y Ayres is based on the conviction that the inclusion of early Chinese music in historical music circuits can be a pioneering and enriching initiative due to the beauty and abundance of its musical works, the existence of innumerable collections that compile them, or the systematization of theoretical treatises by the Imperial Department of Music over two thousand years, which allows a rigorous reconstruction of the sound life of the Celestial Empire and the historical context in which it developed. Todos los Tonos y Ayres has carried out several artistic and research projects in collaboration with entities such as the Confucius Institute, the City of Arts and Sciences or the Cervantes Institute, and they have performed, among others, in the FEX – International Music and Dance Festival of Granada, the Early Music Festival of Gijón or the Early Music Festival of Úbeda and Baeza (FeMAAV – FeMAUB). Its proposals have led them to develop major projects on the interculturality of universal early music, in which they invite prestigious collaborators to participate, such as Medieval Travelers, an intercultural and multidisciplinary programme on the great commercial and exploration routes of the Middle Ages, premiered at the closing concert of the 2nd Early Music Festival of Granada. Its projects on historical interculturality have aroused the interest of various creators and national and international media, such as the Chinese national television CCTV or the award-winning filmmaker José Luis López Linares for his documentary film España, la primera globalización. In 2018 Todos los Tonos y Ayres made its international debut with a tour of China together with Íliber Ensemble with the programme El Clave del Emperador (The Emperor’s Harpsichord), participating, among others, in the international festival Meet in Beijing. This work in homage to the Spanish Jesuit Diego de Pantoja is its first album for the IBS Classical label.