On Thursday this week, the baroque music ensemble El Afecto Ilustrado joins video-creator Pedro Chamizo in this experience.


The Auditorio de Tenerife presents Música controversia, an unusual concert that unites baroque music with the visual arts. This Thursday (the 16th), at 7.30 p.m., the Chamber Hall welcomes a ‘cockfight’ by the historically informed ensemble El Afecto Ilustrado, which will merge with the live work of the video-creator Pedro Chamizo. The programme consists of Harmonia artificioso ariosa by the Austro-Bohemian composer Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (1644-1704).

With Música controversia, El Afecto Ilustrado provides a musical battle on a white canvas that the performers are a part of. The visual artist includes them as characters who feel, converse, argue, disagree, and agree. The present on the visual ring is like a space for debate that brings the Central European reality of the 17th century face to face with the Canarian reality of the 21st century. It also reflects 17th-century sound transported into the 21st century through the images.

1696 was the year of birth of one of the most sophisticated works in the chamber music production of Biber (1644-1704), who created at the end of the 17th century a collection of seven scores created in the form of a trio of sonatas, which are defined by their spectacular technique. But above all, by the exquisite use of scordatura, or the different form of tuning the two solo violins, which makes it possible to achieve a sonorous imagination and a textual range that are impossible using the traditional tuning of concert instruments. The album Harmonia artificioso ariosa: diversi modi accordata marked a significant advance in violin technique and in the expressive and rhetorical capacity of music. 

The concertmaster and director of El Afecto Ilustrado, Adrián Linares and Pablo Gutiérrez, who have an outstanding career with this instrument, will perform this peculiar battle with their violins. Carlos Oramas completes the ensemble on the theorbo, Ramiro Morales on the archlute, Diego Pérez on the cello, Francisco Aguiló Matas on the violone and Raquel García on the organ. Founded in 2012, El Afecto Ilustrado is a Spanish ensemble with a historicist profile whose philosophy is about presenting and bringing the audience into contact with a historically informed performance of the repertoire encompassed between the first baroque and early romantic period in a close and tangible way. 

The Mérida-born Pedro Chamizo has a degree in Drama from the University of Kent at Canterbury, specialising in acting and directing. He works as a videomaker, stage director, lighting designer, graphic designer and producer. Awarded for his entrepreneurial skills with the Ceres Youth Prize at the Mérida Festival, the Auditorio de Tenerife witnessed his work as a video designer last October in the opera María Moliner (Antoni Parera Fons) under the direction of Paco Azorín. 

The tickets can be purchased at a single price of €15 and 5 for under 30s on the website www.auditoriodetenerife.com, at the auditorium's box office, or by dialling the phone number 902 317 327 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There are discounts for students, unemployed and large families.