TWB
Ensemble

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, building 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 younger audience; a lot of listeners 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 13th to 18th century who created the basis of western traditional and classical 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 numerous 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 which they performed with.

The ensemble has a selection of recordings that can be heard in all major music streaming platforms.

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Early
Music

In this collection, historically informed interpretations of original arrangements of the ensemble stay loyal to the performance style of renaissance and medieval music.

TWB Ensemble’s 4th album, released on the 800th year celebration of the birth of King Alfonso X El Sabio, brings the audience to medieval times with Cantigas de Santa Maria which are attributed to the king himself, leading them to hear for the first time one of the rare uncovered chapters of the Leyriath legends.

Narrating the history through the perspectives of his six wives with repertoire attributed to King Henry VIII himself, with In Good Company With King Henry VIII, the TWB Ensemble leads the auidence to experience the passion, burden and beauty of the royal England.

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Classical/folk
Crossover

Earlier works of the ensemble were build on the idea of merging the qualities of classical and folk music, with the desire to reach out to audience that otherwise might not have heard the other side of the coin.

The Lady in Green is a narrative build upon light-hearted arrangements of music from Purcell and Dowland to tell the story of two young lovers needing to choose between what society expects them to do and what is their heart’s desire.

TWB Ensemble’s first album reflects their love for folk music with a magical tale created by Ricardo Alves Pereira, centered around most known tunes of the British Isles performed with a traditional approach on modern instruments.