Zespół Instrumentów Dawnych ARS NOVA

 

Ars Nova — the ensemble of early musical instruments associated with the Warsaw Music Society (Warszawskie Towarzystwo Muzyczne) was founded in 1981 and from the beginning it has been directed by Jacek Urbaniak. Presently, Krzysztof Owczynik is the co-director of this ensemble. Ars Nova specializes in performing European music from the 13th to the 16th century and it is one of the leading consorts of this type in Poland. The ensemble has given numerous concerts both at home and abroad.

Ars Nova has recorded for the Polish Radio and TV, it has also published many CDs. The most significant of them contain the first recordings of Polish Medieval and Renaissance music. CDs were published by: DUX, ZPR-Records, ACCORD, Polskie Radio (The Polish Radio), Tonpress, Czas Kultury, Travers, Uniwersytet Pedagogiczny w Krakowie (Pedagogical University of Cracow). Moreover, the ensemble has been nominated ten times for the prestigious phonographic prize – FRYDERYK – and once it was awarded this prize in 1996, for the recording of Polish Renaissance music ‘Melodie na psałterz polski’ (Melodies for the Polish Psalter; music by Mikołaj Gomółka to the texts by Jan Kochanowski). The ensemble cooperated with the prominent Polish artists, such as: Andrzej Hiolski, Jerzy Artysz, Łucja Prus and Jadwiga Rappé, performing a few compositions from the later epochs.

The <b>Ars Nova</b> ensemble in 2005

The Ars Nova ensemble in 2005

 
The first poster of Ars Nova — 1982 (proj. M. Stępień)

The first poster of Ars Nova — 1982
(proj. M. Stępień)

The list of the former members of Ars Nova contains many well known musicians: Agata Sapiecha, Michał Straszewski, Tadeusz Czechak, Ryszard Borowski, Paweł Iwaszkiewicz, Lesław Szyszko, who with much success founded and direct their own ensembles. Among the soloists who cooperated with Ars Nova one might find many noteworthy polish artists: Mariusz Gebel, Jadwiga Teresa Stępień, Henryka Januszewska, Apolonia Nowak, Anna Mikołajczyk, Marcin Szczyciński, Dariusz Paradowski, Artur Stefanowicz, Krzysztof Szmyt, Cezary Szyfman, Robert Gierlach, Grzegorz Zychowicz, Mirosław Borczyński, Lieven Baert, Agnieszka Budzińska, Maria Krupowies; and also many well-known actors: Zofia Rysiówna, Zofia Kucówna, Teresa Budzisz-Krzyżanowska, Joanna Kasperek, Krzysztof Wakuliński, Wojciech Siemion, Gustaw Holoubek, Jerzy Zelnik. Ars Nova works also together with the other ensembles: Bornus Consort, Studio 600, Il Canto, Collegium Vocale, Oni Wytars, Pawanilia, Chierlycke Danseryen and Orkiestra Złotego Wieku (The Orchestra of the Golden Age).


For 30 years of its existence Ars Nova has given 700 concerts in many different countries and published 25 CDs. It took part in the theater performances in the National Opera: ‘Ludus Danielis’ (‘The Play of Daniel’), ‘Jadwiga Królowa Polska’ (‘Jadwiga, the Queen of Poland’); and in the Warsaw Chamber Opera (‘Cantigas de Santa Maria’). Among the composers, whose works are performed by Ars Nova, Mikołaj z Radomia, Piotr z Grudziądza (Petrus Wilhelmi de Grudencz) and Krzysztof Klabon are to be named in the first place. The consort has also got many dances from the Tablature of Jan z Lublina and many other Polish sources of music in its repertoire. It was the Ars Nova ensemble that has performed for the first time in Poland Cantigas, Estampidas, works from The Manuscript of Jan z Jasiennej, Sonfs by Sebastian Klonowic and Cyprian Bazylik, and El Llibre Vermell de Montserrat, Guillaume Machaut’s Mass, compositions by Hildegard von Bingen, Adam de la Halle, Witzlaw from Rugia and also old polish songs for Lent and Sephardic Songs.

Ars Nova has also performed many works that were written for early instruments by contemporary composers (Edward Sielicki, Rafał Stradomski, Kazimierz Serocki, Juliusz Łuciuk, Paweł Szymański, Bernardetta Matuszczak, Jan Fotek, Zbigniew Wiszniewski, Piotr Moss, Tadeusz Baird, Krzysztof Baculewski, Krzysztof Knittel, Witold Lutosławski, Zygmunt Krauze, Paweł Mykietyn, Maciej Prochaska, Filip Frydrysiak, Krzysztof Owczynik, Marcin Zalewski, Jacek Urbaniak)

 

The poster and the postcard for the 30th anniversary of Ars NovaArs Nova (proj. M. Urbaniak)

The poster and the postcard for the 30th anniversary of Ars Nova
(proj. M. Urbaniak)

 


The present members of the ensemble are:

  • Joanna Nogal — vielle
  • Marcin Zalewski — lute, viola da gamba
  • Paweł Zalewski — viola da gamba
  • Krzysztof Owczynik — recorders, cornamuses, crumhorns, cornett
  • Jacek Urbaniak — recorders, cornamuses, bombards
Poster, 25th anniversary of Ars Novaa

Poster, 25th anniversary of Ars Nova
(proj. M. Urbaniak)

Artists who work with Ars Nova:

  • Anna Mikołajczyk — soprano
  • Marta Wróblewska — soprano
  • Maria Pomianowska — vielle, voice
  • Grzegorz Zychowicz — bass
  • Piotr Olech — countertenor
  • Apolonia Nowak — folk singing
  • Teresa Budzisz–Krzyżanowska — recitation
  • Jerzy Zelnik — recitation
  • Ewelina Siedlecka — soprano
  • Robert Krajewski — trombone
  • Piotr Wawreniuk — trombone
  • Michał Kiljan — trombone
  • Piotr Dąbrowski — trombone
  • Bartłomiej Swebodziński — recorders
  • Marta Maślanka — cimbalom, percussion
  • Agnieszka Obst — vielle
  • Marta Zalewska — violin
  • Dagmara Barna — voice, flute
  • Weronika Grozdew — voice
  • Piotr Zalewski — viola da gamba
  • Łukasz Wilda — tenor
  • Joanna Morska — vielle, violin
  • The vocal ensemble: Subtilior Ensemble —
    (dir. Piotr Zawistowski)
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From 1981 over 200 artists have cooperated with Ars Nova.

 



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