Spanish ensemble going for baroqueThe Spanish baroque group Zarabanda will be performing Wednesday at the Hoam Art Hall and on Jan. 25 at the Seoul Art Center to celebrate the Spanish Embassy's "Year of Spain."
The concerts are two of many events planned for the year "to enhance the image of Spain in Korea," says Cesar Espada, the second secretary at the Spanish Embassy in Seoul.
Zarabanda's repertoire is largely, though not entirely, built around the baroque period. It performs works by the composers Juan del Enzina, Arcangelo Corelli, Domenico Scarlatti and Joaquin Garcia.
Alvaro Masias, who plays the recorder and the baroque flute, formed Zarabanda in 1985 to perform old music using original instruments or replicas of old instruments.
Performing in Korea are Mr. Masias, the soprano Maria Espada, flautist Ignacio Yepes, baroque viola de gamba player Renee Bosch, guitarist Ramiro Morales and on the harpsichord Jordan Fumado.
Baroque and erotic dancing seem dissonant. But the name of the group, Zarabanda, takes its cue from the zarabanda, a wild dance that flourished during Spain's Golden Age in the late-16th and 17th centuries.
For the Year of Spain, the Spanish Embassy is also screening Spanish films with English subtitles under the banner "Cinema and Literature." Screenings are at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the embassy, 726-52 Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu.
by Joe Yong-hee
For concert information, call the promoter, Credia, at (02) 751-9606. For film information, call the Spanish Embassy at (02) 794-3581.