Paloma Gutiérrez del Arroyo


Cantica defunctorum – Chants for the deceased

Due that this edition will be dedicated to the ritual, the Gregorian chant course will aim to reconstruct, piece by piece, the music of the ancient Christian Mass ritual (9th-11th centuries), specifically those from the Mass Pro Defunctis (Missa in agenda mortuorum). Both the repertoires reserved for the solo cantor and those of the schola will be studied, alternating between oral tradition and reading from manuscripts (Laon, St. Gall, and Aquitaine notations).

Singers already familiar with semiology and autonomous in the reconstruction of ancient chant (upon prior request) may receive material in advance for individual practice. Part of the sessions will, therefore, focus on solo singing. These sessions will contribute to the group’s progress in understanding the repertoire and its interpretation.

Singer specialised in medieval music with the greatest performers and researchers of the repertoire, in centres in France (CNSMD de Paris and Sorbonne, Paris IV), Switzerland (Schola Cantorum Basiliensis) and Italy. He regularly performs on European stages, having collaborated with ensembles such as La Reverdie, Contrafacta, Dialogos, Malandança and formed duos with various actors and performers such as the singer Catherine Schroeder and the harpist Manuel Vilas. She is co-founder of several ensembles: Puy de sons d’autrefois, Oiet and Cantaderas, and directs the recently created EVOCA project (Exploration of the Vocality and Orality of Ancient Song). He has premiered contemporary works and recorded for the record labels Arion and Etcetera-records. He has collaborated with Radio Clásica-RNE and given courses in museums (Lázaro Galdiano), professional and higher conservatories (Madrid, Lyon), universities (UCM, UAM, UAB, Univ. François-Rabelais-Tours…), libraries (BNE), foundations (Royaumont, Santa María la Real, Joaquín Díaz) and in specialised centres such as the Centre de Musique Médiévale de Paris. He directs the “Escuela de Música Medieval y de Tradición Oral”, which he founded in 2016 at the Institución Libre de Enseñanza (Madrid). Parallel to her musical career, she pursued a scientific career that concluded with a thesis in biophysics (CNB-CSIC-UAM) and the title of Doctor (2009).