Windu

Bevel instruments can be found in all cultures and periods. The recorder is among the most well known: an instrument of great agility and capacity to adapt to different types of repertoire, along with the possibility of ensemble playing, which in turn evokes the sound of a small human organ.

It is precisely this characteristic sound towards which Windu works, not unlike a craftsman, in order to put it at the service of the music which touches us most. Aiming to move beyond the historical and cultural backround inherent in contemporary or early music alike, the quartet is interested first and foremost in the emotions that arise. For this reason the repertoire encompasses not only original compositions, but arrangements and adaptations as well, along with other instruments and electronic music.

The staging enables us to broadcast the recorder and its characteristic ensemble sound to a wider audience. The stage direction of Iban Beltran and the lighting design of Oriol Ibáñez were instrumental in bringing together the different elements, such as video projections, costume changes, lights and stage design, to créate an all-around performance.

The quartet itself is made up of four musicians with very different backgrounds in the fields of performance, visual arts and culture management, who have joined forced to créate a new and innovative project.

We have a very clear idea of what we want.

The show is about to begin!

Clara Cowley

Clara Cowley is the youngest of us. She stood out from a very young age (she began playing the recorder at age 5!). She was granted scholarships by the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation and by the Mollenhauer recorder manufacturer and awarded in many European competitions. Rigorous and hardworking, she is one of the most virtuoso recorder players in the country.

Curriculum

Born in Barcelona in November 1987, she began studying recorder at age five with Marlies Werthwein. She was then taught by Jordi Argelaga, Katriina Boosey, Annable Knight, Sarah Humphrys, Rebecca Austen-Brown, Louise Bradbury and Dan Laurin, among others. She has received multiple scholarships from the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation and the recorder making company Mollenhauer.

Awarded in numerous competitions in Spain and Germany since the age of seven, she obtained the highest score in the German competition Jugend musiziert in 2005 and received the European Award from the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben. A year later she was accepted in the School of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt.

In 2010, she obtained a degree in music pedagogy, and in 2011 obtained the degree as a soloist, a year ahead of schedule, at the Hochschule für Musik and Performing Arts in Frankfurt, where she studied with Michael Schneider and Martin Hublow. She has also received masterclasses from Gerd Lüneburger, Marc Hantaï, Ashley Solomon, Martin Ripper, Sabrina Frey and Maurice Steger. As a fouding member of “Opus 5”  she has performed at the Fringe of Utrecht.

In 2013, she participated in the XXXV Music Festival of Barcelona. She was invited to participate in the 4th International Early Music Seminar in Tel Aviv, with a scholarship from the “Israel Conservatory of Music”.

In recent years, she exercised as a freelance profesional, both as founding member of several early music ensemble and as collaborator, e.g. with the “Bach zum Mitsingen” cycle, interpreting J.S. Bach’s Actus Tragicus, and in the XXXV Early Music Festival of Barcelona, among others.

Eloi Fuguet

Eloi Fuguet is a real character. His obsession has always been the same: to communicate his passion for music. This obsession has brought him to be a cultural manager, teacher and tireless recorder player: he collaborates with many entities, various musical formations, teaches in Vilanova i la Geltrú … Eloi never stops!

Curriculum

He was born in Barcelona in 1979. As a recorder player he obtained top marks and an Honorary Degree in Barcelona, having stdied with Josep Mª Saperas, Joan Izquierdo, Paul Leenhouts, Walter van Hauwe and Pedro Memelsdorff and Pierre Hamon. He has performed with early music ensembles in several Catalan, Spanish and Dutch cities. He is part of the Renaissance ensemble Fortuna de un gran and has collaborated with The Ripieno Consort and Il Giardino Armonico. He is a founding member of En Bloc Quartet.

As a teacher he has a long experience in teaching and divulgating his instrument, mainly in music schools and conservatories. Having graduated in Orff Schulwerk by the San Francisco Orff Institute, he is currently a lecturer at the ECMM Vilanova i la Geltrú and director of the amateur recorder orchestra Consort Pere Serra.

As a cultural manager he graduated from ESMUC (Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya) with Jordi Martí and Joan Oller, among others. He later managed the chamber orchestras of Terrassa and Granollers, as well as developing several freelance  tasks of production and musical programming. He has been programmer of the cycle Dissabtes de berenar in the Palau Gomis/MEAM (European Museum of Modern Art) and is currently the Internet manager and musical content creator for various cultural entities and musical formations. He is also the musical programmer of the Eduard Toldrà Auditorium in Vilanova i la Geltrú (Barcelona).

Eva Jornet

Eva Jornet is unstoppable! And she never stops! She has the energy and eagerness of a thousand musicians and the passion for music of thousand more. She is an excellent recorder player, has played in countries such as the United States, Cuba, Colombia, Belgium, and Spain, and collaborates assiduously with the proposals of the theater company “Nao de Amores”. She also holds a degree in musicology and plays the bassoon. And besides, she is Windu’s pride and joy!

Curriculum

Eva Jornet begins learning the recorder at the music school of her home town, La Fatarella, at age six. In 1999 she transfers to the music school Mestre Montserrat, in Vilanova i la Geltrú, where she studies with Abel Puig. In 2006, she receives a special mention when graduating from the intermediate level music degree, having been taught by Josep Mª Saperas and Joan Izquierdo.

One year later she enters the Conservatoire National de Région Perpignan Mediterranée, where she begins taking lessons with Fanette Estrade, working toward the Diploma in Early Music. At the same time, she receives lessons from Sara Parés.

She receives an Honors Degree in 2011, in the Conservatorio Superior de Música Manuel Castillo in Seville, after having worked with Vicente Parilla, thus finalizing her studies. During this last period she also begins learning Baroque basson with Luís Castillo, and also receives an ERASMUS scholarship to study with Pedro Couto Soares in the Conservatoire in Lisbon. 

On various occasions she has participated in masterclasses with Fernando Paz, Pierre Hamon and Maurice Steger. 

Since 2009 she is member of the Nao d’Amores theatre company, which specializes in pre-Baroque theatre, under the direction of Ana Zamora and Alicia Lázaro. With them, she has taken part in the following productions: Auto del Cristo de los GasconesAuto de los Reyes Magos(coproduction with the Teatre Abadia of Madrid), Dança da morte/Danza de la muerte (coproduction with theTeatre Cornucòpia of Lisbon), Auto de los cuatro tiempos and Auto de la Sibila Casandra, by Gil Vicente, and Comedia llamada Metamorfosea, by J. Romero de Cepeda. In 2012, Nao d’Amores, in cooperation with the Teatro Clásico de Madrid (CNTC), staged Farsas y églogas, by Lucas Fernández. 

She directs and is a member of the early music at the ensemble Opus 5, a group of known young musicians from different countries such as Japan, Cuba, Colombia, Belgium and Catalonia.

She has a Master’s Degree in Musicology and interpretation of early music, promotion 2013/14 ESMUC (Catalonia College of Music) and UB (University of Barcelona). 

During the 2015/16 season she played in the Symphonic Orchestra of Madrid as a soloist for the production of the opera “Alcina” by Handel at the Teatro Real in Madrid.

Currently she is attending classes in historical bassoons with Pep Borras at ESMUC (Catalonia College of Music), and takes occasional classes with Carles Cristóbal and Eyal Street. She also obtained a title in theatre staging management in 2016.

Marcel Leal

Marcel Leal is an eclectic character. He is not only a hardworking and consistent recorder player, but also a graduate in Industrial Engineering. These facets have led him into the field of the electronic composition, that draws from a deep knowledge of style and technique. He is also a screenwriter and filmmaker. It is impossible to get bored with Marcel!

Curriculum

Marcel Leal begins his recorder studies with Eulàlia Galofré at the music school in Premià de Mar. He also studies with Mª Jesús Udina, Jordi Argelaga, Lluís Casso, Abel Puig, Sara Parés and Pedro Memelsdorff, among others. He complements his musical training with orchestration and composition courses with Alejandro Civilotti and Josep Soler, as well as synthesizer, sampler and sequencer programming classes, in the field of eletronic music.

He is currently completing a master’s degree in musicology, music education and early music interpretation at ESMUC (Conservatorio Superior de Catalunya) and UAB (Autonomous University of Barcelona).

He is an industrial engineer by the UPC. His degree project was financed by the UNESCO. He also holds a degree in filmmaking by the CECC (Center for Cinematic Studies of Catalunya). As a filmmaker, he has produced several video clips and short films, like “Los años del silencio”, selected in more than 60 international festivals and winning several awards. He has composed the music for various advertising campaigns, like “Volkswagen con el cine” for the Telefónica Imagenio channel, and is the screenwriter for several feature films in preproduction.

As a recorder player, he has taken part in various productions. He has also been part of several formations like Atem trio, Agatha15, Dúo Scherzo, En Bloc Quartet, Windu, Sforzinda and Quarteta Lírica. From 2010 he has been the teacher for recorder and new technologies at the Professional School for Music in Badalona, where he directs the Children’s Orchestra and the Recorder Orchestra.

Iban Beltran

Curriculum

Iban Beltran Pallarés (Prat de Comte–Tarragona, 1974) holds a degree in Catalan Philology (URV), Theory of Literature and Comparative Literature (UAB) and Stage Management and play-writing (Institut del Teatre de la Diputació de Barcelona).

He is the artistic co-director of AREAtangent (2004 – 2010), a Barcelona based platform for young creators, through which he participated in the 1€ Capsules and directed the radio readings of theater texts for the AREA_TXT program of COMRàdio (2006 and 2007).

He has directed Under Construction (Auditori E. Toldrà, Vilanova i la Geltrú, 2016), Tractat de mà estrica within the El Lliure dels Refugiats cycle (Teatre Lliure, 2016), La Serva Padrona (Teatre de les Comies, Reus, 2015), VaiVé (L’Auditori, educational service, 2015), Jazz en viu … Swing! (Palau de la Música Catalana, educational service, 2014), Faristolitis (Brossa Quartet – Jordi Bertran Company, Pau Casals Auditorium, 2014), Alberto Ramos’ Infecte (Versus Theatre, 2014), Alberto Ramos’ Pep Talk (Axis Ballymun Theatre, Dublin), William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night with the Párking Shakespeare Company (Barcelona 2013), El Furgatori (La Seca Espai Brossa, 2012), Espiadimonis (Teatre Lliure – CAER, 2012) Paella amb Botifarra (Fira Mediterrània – LOLA Festival 2011), Mit Stalin spielen (Teatre Lliure, 2008, open rehearsal), el Entremès dels dos estudiants (Fira Mediterrània award, 2008, LOLA Festival award 08 and Cicle Vell i Nou – Library of Catalunya 09), Roses de Gos, opera with libretto by Albert Roig and music by Francesc Capella / Henry Purcell (CAER 2007), El món d’Ulisses, based on music by Manel Ribera (from the 4×4 cycle of contemporary music Sala Beckett 2007), or Instant (written with Sebastià Brosa).

He has collaborated with José María Pou, Daniel Veronese, Rosa Novell, Àngels Aymar, Lluís Pasqual and Joan Ollé as assistant director. Together with the latter, he performed the Dramaturgy of Hellas (inaugural show of the International Theater Festival of Mérida, July 2012), El jardí dels cinc arbres, based on texts by Salvador Espriu (Temporada Alta 2009 and TNC 2009) or Rambleros, on the Barcelona of the 70s, in 2010.

Oriol Ibáñez

Curriculum

He has a degree as a performing arts technician, specializing in lighting by the Higher School of Performing Arts Technicians (ESTAE) in the Instituto del Teatro. In addition, he has completed the training cycle of higher degree of audiovisual and show realization at the School of Audiovisual Media (EMAV) in Barcelona.

His professional life has developed alongside the artist / performer Marcel.lí Antúnez (founder of La Fura dels Baus). He is the technical director of the artist’s studio, participating in the production, exhibition and design of several shows and interactive installations with presentations around the world.

He is a founding member of the theater company Guillem Albà, participating in the lighting design of its shows and acting as technical manager of the company. He has worked in the shows Sketchofrenia, directed by the clown Jango Edwards; Flirt, directed by Jordi Purtí (audience choice award in the 2010 edition of the Fair of Tàrrega and nominated as best new show in the Max 2011 prizes); Trau, directed by Albà and Pluja alongside the piantist Clara Peya. He has worked with the clown Guillem Albà in many other works such as cabarets, presentations, galas and various projects.

To be highlighted from his extensive project portfolio are the productions created by the CAET (Center for Performing Arts in Terrassa); Musicolepsia, by the Lanòmina Imperial dance company and premiered at the TNC (National Theater of Catalunya); Lo Riu, a show produced by the Taller de Músics; and his partnership with the Enclave Arts del moviment dance company with the dancer and choreogrpaher Roberto Oliván (National Dance Award); among others.

He is currently in charge of the technical management of the festival TNT (Terrassa Nuevas Tendencias) that takes place in the city of Terrassa, along with the technical management of the Deltebredansa festival that takes place over 2 weeks in the town of Deltebre.