LOS YMPOSSIBLES

…and how the impossible becomes possible.

An Irishman from Argentina who is constantly playing guitars and charangos, a (baroque) bassist from Sweden who loves Rock ‘n’ Roll, a franco-british hapsichordist for whom improvisation is as natural as breathing and a violinist from Mainz, Germany, whose knack for the impossible has brought all these people together…

Is it possible that a small, humble peasant’s instrument from the highlands of Bolivia can come together with a proud and courtly French harpsichord? Is it possible that a composer such as Dietrich Buxtehude makes a journey through time to Dixieland ? ….that Henry Purcell, Francesco Geminiani and Turlough O’Carolan come together for a musical evening (soiree) in Dublin? … that the fandangos from the streets of 18th century Madrid are brought to life again in Germany’s Black Forest?

None of this is impossible nor unusual when four extraordinary musicians come together and blend the music of South America with Baroque music and folklore from Europe. The impossible is made possible…the concert becomes a performance…artists and audience become a single entity.

It was in 2006 that “Los Ympossibles” first began to explore these “impossible” instrumental and musical combinations. Their first experience was with a set of variations on a 17th century spanish love song “los Ympossibles”. The blending together of these sounds proved so convincing that it provided a name for the new child.

“Los Ympossibles” was set by Santiago de Murcia (1714) a spanish guitarist and organist who was seemingly a “worldmusic specialist” of his time —his works show him to have been well acquainted with not only the spanish,french and italian styles of his day but also with the exotic rhythmns and melodies which were beginning to reach the Iberian peninsula from Africa and the Americas. The antiquated spelling of “ympossibles” (with “Y’ and “ss”) has inspired these four musicians to undertake a “mission impossible”, that of combining and blending 17th & 18th century European music with traditional musical styles and instruments from diverse regions in Latin America and Europe. Just as did Santiago de Murcia himself over three hundred years ago.

Music from the Celtic traditions , the Baltic – Scandinavian lands, Latin America and the Baroque “universum” form the central focus of a repertoire which is continually growing and expanding.

This unique approach and treatment of historical and folkloric music together with the very particular sound which results from these instruments has proven to be of interest also to contemporary composers and in 2007 the reknown Danish composer, Ole Buck, dedicated a six part cycle ‘ Danza por la bella estacion” to ” Los Ympossibles” who gave the first performance in Hannover, Germany on 17 November 2007.