The name of the
ensemble is derived from a collection of pieces by Italian composer
Paolo Quagliati, in the beginning of the 17th century. These pieces
were written for one singer, an obbligatto melodic instrument, and continuo,
a standard format of the Seconda Pratica or Baroque style.
Founded in January
2006 by Claudia Liliana Gantívar, Esfera Armoniosa is made up
of members educated at various European and American schools whose objective
is to explore, research and perform renaissance and baroque music. As
such, they perform on copies of original period instruments. Its repertory
includes music from the 15th to the 18th centuries, and the number of
performers varies, depending on repertory needs.
Since the beginning,
the ensemble has performed in various different venues in Colombia,
including Festivals ike, the Sacred Music Festival in Pamplona, and
the Early Music Festival in Villa de Leyva. In March 2008 the group
was selected for the opening of the didactic concert series at Biblioteca
Luis Ángel Arango, which was followed by a national concert tour
in the various halls of Banco de la República in Colombia. In
July 2008 the ensemble won the Concert Cycle competition of the Secretary
of Culture, which is coordinated by the Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra.
the group has performed in great Early Music festivals including, Lima
(Perú) in 2012, Quito (Ecuador) in 2016, and in April 2017 a
concert tour in California (USA) including concerts in Berkeley, Santa
Cruz and San Francisco.
In 2011, the group
published its first CD Io vo Cantar with Italian music of
the early 17th century. As such, this is the first Colombian ensemble
to record this type of repertory. This production received great reviews
and compliments from radio and journal critics in Colombia. Recently,
in June 2015 after a concert tour in Colombia, the group came up with
the recording of their second CD Que dulce violencia, which
includes European and colonial American composers influenced by the
Baroque Spanish Music.