Paloma Gutierrez Arroyo
Singer and psaltery player specialized in occidental medieval repertoires (before 1500), I´ve been trained mainly in France, but also in Switzerland, Italy and Spain, by some of the best performers and researchers in the field (Master 2 professionnel “Pratique de la Musique Médiévale” with Katarina Livljanic, Benjamin Bagby, Raphaël Picazos, Isabelle Ragnard… and Master 2 recherche of Musicology at the Université Paris Sorbonne (Paris IV) (2009-2015); visiting student at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, following the courses of Dominique Vellard (2010-2013); four years training on Medieval Counterpoint with Raphaël Picazos at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Départamental de Val Maubuée (2011-2015); interpretation periodic courses with Claudia Caffagni at the Centro di formazione permanente per la musica e le arti del medioevo (Parma, 2005-2007), with Catherine Schroeder, Brigitte Lesne, Catherine Sergent, Lucie Jolivet, Thierry Cornillon, Gérard Geay at the Centre de Musique Médiévale de Paris (2008-2012; 2015), with Lucien Kandel, Marc Busnel, Katarina Livljanic, Susan Rankin, Joško Caleta, Jean-Baptiste Lebigue and Benjamin Bagby at the Fondation Royaumont (2009-2014), with Dominique Vellard, Anne Delafosse, Anne Marie Lablaude et Marie Noël Colette at the Académie de Musique Ancienne du Thoronet (2010-2013)…
I mainly play with the two ensembles I am cofounder of, the Italian-Spanish “Puy de sons d´autrefois” and the French “Ensemble Oiet”, but also in duo with the singer Catherine Schroeder, the multi-instrumentalist Bill Cooley, the harpist Manuel Vilas and I collaborate or have collaborated with other ensembles such as the French “Azalaïs”, “Le jardin des délices” and “Dialogos”, the Spanish “Ars Combinatoria” and “Malandança”, or the Italian: “La Reverdie” and “La Frottola”. I have participated in the French medieval music projects: “Rosace” and “Contrafacta”. I have also sung in theatre pieces (recently in duo with the actor Philippe Borrini and together with the storyteller Carole Visconti) and in contemporary music projects (Sasha Zamler-Carhart´s oratory “Sponsus”, 2012). Since its creation in 2015, I am part of the vocal quartet “Cantaderas” devoted to Spanish traditional music and to specific Early Music repertoires related to it.
Since 2011, I have developed a pedagogical activity, giving introduction or specialization courses about interpretation from the manuscripts for adults: A biannual singing course (4 weekends-long sessions) of introduction to the medieval repertoires from their manuscript sources in Casavieja, Spain (2011-2013, and restarted on october 2013); a master-class about the music of Hildegard von Bingen in Cluny, France (May 2013), a singing course about monodic vernacular music imparted with Anne Delafosse at the Puy-en-Velay, France (July 2013, July 2014, July 2015, October 2016), a 4 sessions’ singing course on medieval polyphonic improvisation or “Cantus super Librum” practices (Fundación Lázaro Galdiano, Madrid, November 2014 – April 2015; 2nd edition: October 2015 – February 2016), a week course on gregorian chant (Morella Early Music, 2015 and 2016), an introductory course to latin medieval monody (Centro de Estudios del Románico 2016 and 2017), and master-classes at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid about Machaut´s and Dufay´s music (March 2014) and at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon, about the earliest western polyphonies. I´ve also started to teach this music to children, both musicians and no musicians (Conservatoire de Vitry-sur-Seine, 2013; Conservatoire de Montbard and Conservatoire de Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, 2015; Fondation Royaumont, 2013-2017; Pueri Cantores della Cappella del Duomo di Udine, July 2013; Fundación Lázaro Galdiano, Madrid, December 2013). I have imparted seminars at different university centres (Université François Rabelais de Tours, France; Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, Spain; Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain) and other institutions (Colegio de España, Paris; Fundación Entredós, Madrid; etc.).
I’ve also collaborated with Radio Nacional de España, making two eight chapters long radio broadcasts about the voice in Medieval Music: “La voz en la Edad Media” (2016) and Medieval Music in nowadays main european libraries “Música medieval en las bibliotecas de hoy” (2017) , and with the Spanish National Library (Biblioteca Nacional de España), giving small workshops of introduction to Medieval repertoires (“El sonido de los siete sellos”; “Cantar y declamar la obra del rey Sabio (y poeta)“; “Las melodías mudas del canto mozárabe”).
Before deciding to totally devote myself to the study and interpretation of the medieval repertoires, in the meantime of my musical studies, I developed a scientific career (grade in Chemistry and PhD in Biophysics).