Il Ponte di Leonardo | Constantinople & Marco Beasley

Excerpts from the concert recorded in Montreal, on March 19 2022, as part of ensemble Constantinople‘s 20th Season.
Marco Beasley, voice
Fabio Accurso, lute
Didem Basar, kanun
Marco Ferrari, recorders, zurna & ney
Patrick Graham, percussions
Tanya LaPerrière, baroque violin & viola d’amore
Stefano Rocco, archlute & baroque guitar
Kiya Tabassian, setar, voice & director

With this concert, Constantinople and Marco Beasley join forces to celebrate, in music, a bridge that Leonardo da Vinci designed in 1502. The longest and boldest bridge of the time, it was to span the Bosporus and thus link Europe and Asia. But it was never built; the plans, however, were preserved in the artist’s archives. Five centuries later, Tabassian and Beasley re-imagine this bridge with the help of 16th- and 17th-century works from the manuscript archives of different national libraries.