Started in 2001 by the Argentine-Dutch musician Adrián Rodríguez Van der Spoel, Música Temprana aims to highlight the Latin-American Baroque music repertoire. Most of Música Temprana’s repertoire comes from the archives, cathedrals and Jesuit missions of Latin America, into whose depths its director constantly delves for elusive, forgotten compositions. Woven throughout the fabric of Música Temprana’s music and instruments is the rich cultural diversity of Latin America, with the threads of many Creole, Indian, African and European influences (see also: Programmes).
Being prepared for next season (2010-2011) is Cantadas y Sonatas, a programme highlighting the strong Italian influence in post-1713 Latin American Baroque music. Alongside this repertoire – the basis of Música Temprana’s work – the ensemble increasingly embraces Spanish and Italian Renaissance and Baroque music. At the Utrecht Festival Oude Muziek in 2008, for example, Música Temprana presented a staged perfomance of ensaladas written by Mateo Flecha a.o. and for 2011-2012 a madrigal comedy based on Banchieri’s Il Festino is in the works.
Música Temprana has played at such prestigious festivals as the Festival Oude Muziek (Utrecht), Aqua Musica Amsterdam, Musica Sacra Maastricht, Laus Polyphoniae in Antwerp, the International Renaissance and Baroque Music Festival of Chiquitos in Bolivia and festivals in Finland, France and Sweden. The ensemble has given various concerts in Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ (Amsterdam) and plays in its own concert series.