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Hanna Marti was born in Basel and grew up at the southern end of the Swiss Jura mountains. When she was fifteen years old she played electric guitar in various rock bands and wrote songs for her own group.
She discovered singing and took voice lessons with Dorothea Galli (Zürich). After becoming interested in early music, she studied at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel. During those years Hanna Marti also became acquainted with the lute – studying with Peter Croton – and discovered the medieval harp.
In 2015 she completed a Masters Diploma (voice) at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis as a student of Evelyn Tubb. Since finishing her studies Hanna Marti has focused most of her artistic work on medieval song.
She is a new member to Sequentia, performing with the ensemble since September 2015. As a member of the women's vocal ensemble Peregrina she has performed and recorded in Europe, most notably in performances of Hildegard von Bingen's Ordo Virtutum, co-directing the project and performing the role of Anima. In her own ensemble Moirai, (collaborating with American flautist Mara Winter) she is currently working on musical reconstructions of the Icelandic poetic Edda. Hanna Marti's most recent solo project is a musical recitation and reconstruction of stories in Ovid's Metamorphoses, sung in Latin and accompanied on a 12th century harp.
17 March 2017
Basel (CH) Predigerkirche, Freunde Alte Musik
Monks Singing Pagans
25 March – 2 April 2017
Lafayette College, Vassar College, Princeton University, Yale University
Benjamin Bagby Beowulf tour USA
1 April 2017
New York City, Symphony Space
Book release event for ‘The Inquisitor’s Tale’
11 May 2017
Paris, Université de Paris – Sorbonne, Amphithéâtre Richelieu
Benjamin Bagby has recorded the only surviving Old High German epic fragment, the Hildebrandslied (The Song of Hildebrand), for inclusion in an audiobook version of Adam Gidwitz’s new book for children and young adults, The Inquisitor’s Tale, just released by Penguin/Random House. He also recorded harp accompaniments to go with portions of the reading of the story. A release event is being schedule for New York City in early April, 2017.
New program given birth at Cambridge University
Following working sessions in 2014-15 with University of Cambridge musicologist Sam Barrett in the USA (Harvard University and Ohio State University) and in Cambridge (Pembroke College), Sequentia was in residence at Cambridge in April for the final rehearsals of the new program 'Monks Singing Pagans'. An informal video of a rehearsal made by the university became a YouTube sensation, with over 500,000 views. In addition to their rehearsals and working sessions on the songs of Boethius, Sequentia gave a masterclass and the premiere performance of 'Monks Singing Pagans', immediately followed by the US premiere during a residency at Dartmouth College (USA). The week spent at Dartmouth included teaching activities in music history, performance practice, Latin poetry and manuscript studies. Sequentia returned to Cambridge in late June to prepare a special program of the Boethian songs, which was given as part of a symposium on medieval Latin song, with a special concert on 2 July in Pembroke College Chapel.
Teaching in Basel and Milano
Benjamin Bagby will be teaching performance courses on medieval song at two music academies this year:
Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Basel, Switzerland): 31 October to 1 November 2016 and 13-14 March 2017
Scuola Civica di Musica Claudio Abbado (Milano, Italy): 2-3 December 2016 and 16-18 February 2017