Dominique Vellard - Tenor and Oud
Dominique Vellard’s passion for music from plainchant to the 17th century was nurtured as a choral singer at the 'Maîtrise de Notre-Dame' in Versailles. In more recent years, Vellard has expanded his interests for other repertoires to specific encounters with musicians from Southern and Northern India, as well as Spanish and Breton. In all such vocal explorations he leads the way with his own distinctive tenor voice. Other representations of Dominique Vellard’s musical explorations include the Ensemble Vox Suavis (formed with Ana Arnaz and Baptiste Romain), dedicated principally to traditional Spanish repertoires.
In 1979 he founded the ensemble Gilles Binchois devoting most of his time to the medieval and renaissance repertoire. He has researched the traditional music of various countries seeking to enrich his interpretations of early music and he has made 50 recordings.
Vellard is Professor at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis where he has been teaching since 1982 and directs two festivals in France: "Rencontres Internationales de Musique Médiévale du Thoronet" and the "Les Journées de Musique Ancienne" in Dijon.
Ana Arnaz - Soprano and Percussions
At the age of nine she began studying voice and piano at the Miguel Fleta Music School in Huesca (Spain). From there she went on to study voice at the Conservatorio Nacional del Liceu de Barcelona where she specialized in opera and received an Honor’s diploma. Subsequently she transferred to the Schola Cantorum in Basel to specialize in early music, where she studied with Dominique Vellard and Richard Levitt.
Since 2002 she is doing an investigation about the oral traditional music from Spain and performing this music with Vox suavis. She has performed regularly at international festivals in Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland and she has given several tourney in the United states offering concerts in festivals like: St. Gaudens festival and Houston Early Music Festival. One of the ensembles she performed in the states is Ex luce color, for this ensemble several composers wrote different pieces of music inspired in traditional music.
With the ensemble La cecchina specialises in early italian baroque music and in 2005 recorded a cd dedicated to the italian composer Francesca Caccini in collaboration with the Swiss Radio. In 2012 will be out the first cd with the ensemble Vox Suavis with the label Aparte. Since 2005 is singing teacher at the music school of Leimental in Basel.
Baptiste Romain – Medieval Fiddle, Renaissance Violin and Bagpipes
After studies in violin and composition at the Conservatoire National de Région in Rueil-Malmaison, Baptiste Romain went on to specialize in Medieval and Renaissance music, studying medieval fiddle, ancient bagpipes, and voice. After working with Marco Horvat at the Centre de Musique Médiévale in Paris, he moved to Switzerland where he studied with Randall Cook, Dominique Vellard and Crawford Young at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, as well as pursuing chamber music studies with Pierre Hamon at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Lyon. During his period at the Schola Cantorum, he explored the techniques and repertoires of the renaissance violin, and completed his Soloist Diploma in March 2008. Influenced by jazz and traditional music, he constantly searches for new ideas pertaining to the historically informed performance of early music, and is passionate about improvisation, vocal accompaniment, and the instrumental repertory. Baptiste Romain performs in several ensembles, including Leones (Marc Lewon), Gilles Binchois (Dominique Vellard), per-sonat (Sabine Lutzenberger), Vox Suavis (Ana Arnaz), Tetraktys (Kees Boeke), Les Jardins de Courtoisie (Anne Delafosse-Quentin).