Belinda Sykes & JOGLARESA

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"Thrilling and haunting" The Times


Early music's 'bit of rough' - this rebellious London-based medieval/folk ensemble pushes, and often transcends, the limits of what is thought of as early music.... Joglaresa embodies the boldness and improvisatory chutzpah that gets straight to the heart of medieval music.

"ground-breaking ensemble of cultural nomads ... blown away by their charm and originality…" The Scotsman

Directed by Belinda Sykes (soloist at The Royal Albert and Carnegie Halls) Joglaresa comprises outstanding classical, world, folk and jazz musicians - a sound that is at once traditional and contemporary - combining intoxicating elements of Medieval, Middle Eastern and Celtic musics, they create a unique London sound that is both extrovert and intimate.

"carnival-like exuberance ... enjoyable and virtuosic" fROOTS

Just as distinctions between composer and performer were ever blurred, Joglaresa performers are always composing, improvising and arranging.

"Joglaresa's imaginative use of improvisation creates an exciting air of authenticity... compulsive rhythmic energy... luxuriantly ornamental solos" The Telegraph

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Front Cover ensemble for Early Music Today Magazine

Joglaresa Early Music Today

Read the full article Medieval Rebels Come of Age


2017, 2018 projects:

The Enchantress of Seville

Make We Mirth

The World Turn'd Upside Down

Love in Time of Unicorns