'Whereas for most period-instrument bands improvisation means judiciously adding ornaments, Mr. Parrilla and company go all out. Mr. Parrilla, on recorder, takes turns with the other instrumentalists elaborating on the composers' melodies, often adding modal touches and varying the rhythms, much as a virtuosic jazz band would do with a group of standards.' The New York Times
'One of the most original and powerful spectacles on offer from Spanish early music today.' Scherzo
'The crowning concert of the entire Festival Oudemuziek Utrecht. Their performance brought tears to my eyes from the sheer pleasure and joy at hearing such virtuoso and passionate performing, which had all of the truth and immediacy of a jazz concert.' Goldberg Magazine
‘We don't just perform, we create. And not on paper, but on stage. Right in front of the public. Improvisation and full of risk glosas, creativity, communication and virtuosity all make each one of our shows a unique spectacle.'
Since 2005 More Hispano has focused exclusively on developing and recovering the art of improvisation, a tool that allows them to make fresh, surprising live performances loaded with a great communicative power.
In April 2009, they captured a recording session on tape from which they produced their two most recent albums Yr a oydo (2010) (old Spanish for Going by ear) - an akbum devoted to improvisation in Renaissance and early baroque music - and the newly released Glosas (2011)-a very personal project which brings together original and unpublished material in the form of new embellishments on Renaissance music.
Directed by Vicente Parrilla, More Hispano offers unique projects, in keeping with an extremely unusual concept within the field of early music performance: each part of their program is a fully improvised performance.
The incorporation of the art of improvisation adds a new dimension to live performance as a result of the direct communication it allows with the audience, and has always been warmly received by the public.
More Hispano was founded in 1998, when they producer their debut album, entirely dedicated to B. de Selma y Salaverde (Canzoni, Fantasie et Correnti), a record that still remains a reference for Selma's music today. More Hispano is a group formed by musicians of great renown, a group of soloists with their own personal projects and careers that have been playing together for 10, 15 or even 23 years.