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 halls in Bogota, as well as in
different venues in Colombia, like Manizales, Medellín, 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 July 2008 the
ensemble won the Concert Cycle competition of the Secretary of Culture,
which is coordinated by the Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra. 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 which includes European and colonial American composers
influenced by the Baroque Spanish Music.