The ensemble IL LUSORIUS was founded in the fall of 2014, inspired by the idea to use historical music boxes as an inspiration and source for a new kind of musical journey.
People have been trying to record their favorite music for a long time to be able to hear a loved melody again and again. It was around 1750, when it firstly was achieved to create recordings, in the form of music boxes. Despite the variety of possibilities to play recorded music today, these still exist, perhaps as a nostalgic constant in our fast changing world. An acoustic home, memories of the music box playing a lullaby, familiar tunes... who can resist the temptation of cranking the handle of a cute little music box?
Which melodies deserve to be played again and again? Simple old songs, one relatively young melody and some unknown tunes have made it into the concert program and can be heard live on stage, along with recorders, clarinets, violin, Fidel, Rebec and Serpent. The magic of the melodies carries the tunes, instruments merge with music boxes, carry on their meoldies, contrast them, caricature them, accompany them, move on into their own worlds.
In the concerts of IL LUSORIUS the intimate world of the music box connects with the big stage. IL LUSORIUS way of realising that is working with video impressions and the live projection of the music boxes on a screen.
More information about Il Lusorius can be found on the website of the ensemble.