The Ensemble Baschenis takes its name from Evaristo Baschenis (1617-1677), a painter from Bergamo who is considered to be one of the most important still life painters of musical instruments throughout the history of figurative art.
Founded in 1993 by Giorgio Ferraris, Marco Luca Capucci and Alessandra Milesi, the Ensemble performs early music that has undergone rigorous philological research on scoring, performing habits of the time and a thorough re-evaluation of original repertoire. With years of study, research, concert performances and recording to their credit, the Ensemble has performed on tours in Italy and abroad. They also have experience in performances incorporating dance, theatre and undertake teaching.
Throughout the years it has developed diverse programmes featuring Renaissance and Baroque vocal music, including Renaissance dance and featuring Jewish music from the 1600s and the 1700s as well as a repertory of music for mandolin from the 18th century.
The hallmark of the group is their expressly chosen flexible structure: the basic formation adds other musicians and performers allowing various configurations to emerge depending on the concerts and events planned.
In performances of Baroque music soloists such as Dorina Frati (mandolin), Ruggero Fededegni and Enrico Groppo (violin), and Nicola Moneta (double bass) have worked with the Ensemble. The Ensemble has taken part in various organized artistic productions together with other artistic groups such Donne venite al ballo in Renaissance dance, the Coro Anthem directed by Paola Versetti, the Coro di S. Biagio directed by Fausto Fedeli and the vocal Ensemble Il Meliloto in polyphonic Renaissance and Baroque vocal music.
The Ensemble has made four recordings with both Ducale and Concerto of their repertoire of music for mandolin from the 1700s, exploring the repertory for both one mandolin or two mandolins, as well as for mandolin and violin.
The demo pieces, which can be downloaded from the site www.baschenis.com, give a general idea of the Ensemble’s activity.