TWB Ensemble (a.k.a. The Wandering Bard) merges qualities of early music with the everlasting tradition of storytelling. Inspired by the traditions of bards, the ensemble performs their repertoire accompanied by a narrative that ties the beginning of the concert to the end.
Ricardo Alves Pereira’s concept of musical narratives has found a natural home in these performances. Written by him, the narratives told in between the pieces bind individual works together, which builds an arch over the whole performance. This unique performance technique captures the audience to be part of the tales they tell, some historical and some mythological.
As well as being appreciated highly by the early music society, the TWB Ensemble also succeed at bringing the troubadour experience back to life; a lot of young audiences that otherwise would not encounter this 600 to 800 year old music are part of the ensemble’s listener profile due to the ensemble’s mythological approach to this wonderful and highly regarded music via their carefully treated arrangements and authentic approach to the magic of the old eras.
TWB Ensemble’s two founding members Esin Yardimli Alves Pereira and Ricardo Alves Pereira create collaborations with each concert set. Their repertory includes pieces from well known early music composers and anonymous contributors of 17th and 18th century who created the basis of traditional folk and early music. The arrangements they perform are unique to TWB ensemble, yet with loyalty to the era the music was written kept intact.
TWB Ensemble have been invited to perform in various venues and festivals in the UK, Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands. With all musical arrangements done by the ensemble, the group also gave workshops for arrangement making and forming musical narratives to a selection of choirs.
The ensemble has a selection of recordings that can be heard in all major music streaming platforms.