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Welcome to Ensemble Oni Wytars

Ensemble ONI WYTARS has been founded in 1983 to give a new and impulsive expression to Early Music. The focal point of Oni Wytars´ work has always been to explore and unite the many traditions that have influenced and enriched European medieval musical culture, especially the relationship between art music and popular music in

the commuting area of mediterranean culture.
After working for years with the rich repertoire of the Italian "trecento", the pilgrim songs from 13th and 14th century Spanish and Catalan manuscripts, medieval Troubadour and Trouvère melodies, the Ensemble finally took one step further to explore the immense heritage of Renaissance and early Baroque music. 

To Oni Wytars it seems natural to research within todays Italian, Spanish and French Folk-traditions whose roots we can find undoubtedly in the music of the 15th and 16th century.


The result is a mediterranean sound-cosmos made out of rhythms, melodies and improvisations, pre-medieval hymns to the sun and

14th century Tarantellas, monidic medieval songs and abounding poliphonic Villanelle from the Early Baroque, performed on instruments that have outlasted millenia.


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Magic, legends, love and torments in music at the time of "the tale of tales"


In 1643, in Naples, the probably most important collection of stories and folk tales of all times has been published: the „Pentamerone“ or „lo cunto de li cunti“, „the tale of tales“ by Giambattista Basile. During five days each day ten tales are told. 

Basile with this work brought to live the genre of the Fairy Tale wich later on, adopted by the Grimm brothers, Perraut and Brentano, will spread like a wildfire all over Europe.

"Cantar d'amore"

Italian lovesongs from Renaissance and folk tradition


The inexhaustible repertoire of love songs of the 16th and 17th centuries of Italian courts and taverns up to the present folk tradition of central and southern Italy: Villanelle, Arie, Frottole, Tarantelle, Pizziche, Serenate - timeless poetry by great masters such as Bartolomeo Tromboncino, Giovan Thomaso di Maio, Giovanni Girolamo Kapsperger, Barbara Strozzi, Giovanni Domenico Da Nola and many others...

Gabriella Aiello

Our female voice since "Cantar d'amore ". Gabriella comes from Rome and has a long experience with central- and south Italian music of oral tradition. 
She teaches Italian folk singing in Rome and all over Italy on Workshops and seminars and sings in groups such as " Tamburi del Vesuvio " and several own formations.
In her voice one hears the rushing of the centuries-old olive-trees which have listened to all the songs never been written down.

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