Hausmusik is Tafelmusik’s less formal concert series. It’s not exactly a concert; more an “event”. Last night director Alaina Viau mixed music (woodwind trio, harpsichord, soprano (Ellen McAteer) and electronics from SlowPitchSound) with film projections by Darren Bryant and dance by Libydo to create quite a varied series of effects but all, musically, (just about) within the range one would expect from Tafelmusik.
The instrumental music ranged from Fasch to Zelenka to Telemann with an improv piece for “country oboe”; an instrument about which I know little but it looks a bit like a shawm. I’m always astonished by the virtuosity shown by the Tafel musik winds on their “primitive” instruments having failed so miserably to master the modern clarinet! The vocal music included Steffani’s Hai finite di lusingarmi, which sounds a bit like Monteverdi, Lotti’s Vieni pur ferisci impiago and Bach’s Ihm hab ich mich ergeben all sung by Ellen in semi-staged fashion mostly accompanied by dance moves from Libydo.
The setting, downstairs at the Great Hall, is informal/chill. There were a few rows of seats; mostly monopolised by the segment of Tafelmusik’s traditional audience who showed up, but there were also cushions on the floor and plenty of space to stand around. The bar was open the whole time and there was time to socialise afterwards. It was fun. If I had a beef it would be that doors at 8pm, music at 8.30pm is on the late side for a mid week concert.
The first photo is by Dahlia Katz, the second by Alaina Viau.