The remarkable mind of Conrad Paumann.
Co-Artistic Direction by Marc Lewon & Esteban La Rotta
Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. West, Toronto, ON
Some ideas are so innovative that they change the course of history. Join The Toronto Consort in welcoming internationally acclaimed scholar, lutenist, and tenor, Marc Lewon, as we celebrate the incredible contributions of 15th-century multi-disciplinary musician and composer, Conrad Paumann (c. 1410-1473). Known to history as the “Blind German”, Paumann revolutionized lute technique by developing a method of playing all voices at once: striking the strings with a plectrum. An evening of Paumann keyboard transcriptions, Strike the Lute will feature Esteban La Rotta and Marc Lewon on lutes, with a mixed accompaniment on voice, harp, flutes, and vielle.
Meet Marc Lewon:
Marc Lewon specialises in medieval instruments of the lute family and medieval Germanic languages and literature. After gaining a Master’s degree in musicology and medieval German from Heidelberg University (graduating with honours), he moved to Basel to further his practical music studies in the Medieval Department of the Schola Cantorum. There he studied lute with Crawford Young, vielle, and singing.
He plays regularly with a number of ensembles including Le miroir de musique (Baptiste Romain), PER-SONAT (Sabine Lutzenberger), and ensemble Peregrina (Agnieszka Budzińska-Bennett) and is head of his own Ensemble Leones. Besides being a busy performer, he gives courses in medieval music and publishes articles and editions on the subject. He is head of the course of studies in medieval music that started in October 2008 at Burg Fürsteneck and is working on a research project with Reinhard Strohm and Birgit Lodes at Vienna University: “Musical Life of the Late Middle Ages in the Austrian Region” (www.musical-life.net).
He holds a PhD from Oxford University where he studied with Reinhard Strohm and in 2017 succeeded Crawford Young as Professor for Medieval and Renaissance Lute at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.
Since 2020, he has been a leading member on the board of the Basel-based “ReRenaissance” concert series, busy organising, directing, and performing the monthly concerts with Renaissance music at the Barfüsserkirche Historisches Museum Basel.