December 2016
CMDH has recently released a short documentary film about their concert tour and workshops in Brazil. Watch here.
September 2016
CMDH has recently won an award at the International Van Wassenaer Competition 2016.
 
January 2016
- Inês has had an essay published in Blokfluitist: 'Een eerste verkenning', Blokfluitist, jaargang 8, nr.1 (Jan), 2016, pp. 24-25.
 
October 2015
- The first reviews of La Cicala's second CD "Naples 1759" are out. Read them all here
 
- Inês will be a post-doctoral resident researcher at the Cini Foundation/Istituto Italiano Antonio Vivaldi in Venice, thanks to a 'Vilma & Olivo Andreazza' scholarship.
 
September 2015
- La Cicala's second CD "Naples 1759" (Passacaille 1013) is already available for sale from the website of the ensemble, www.lacicala.info
 
- The magazine Blokfluitist placed a news item about Inês' thesis and La Cicala's CDs in the issue that is out this month (jaargang 7, nummer 3, p. 34); read it here.
 
- CMDH's concert on September 20 was reviewed by Dick Idema of De Stentor; read it here.
 
August 2015
- CMDH will perform at the prestigious Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht on September 2. Details and tickets can be found here.
 
- La Cicala's second CD has been scheduled for release by Passacaille in October 2015. More news on the ensemble's website: www.lacicala.info.
 
July 2015
- On July 2, Inês received her PhD from Leiden University, after a concert with La Cicala and a lecture-recital that same week. Her thesis "DOLCE NAPOLI: Approaches for performance. Recorders for the Neapolitan Baroque repertoire, 1695-1759" (which is complemented by the homonymous CD 'Dolce Napoli: sonate & concerti per flauto') can be downloaded from the Digital Repository of Leiden University.
 
- 'Dolce Napoli' was reviewed twice and received "highest recommendation" in the July/Aug 2015 (issue 38:6) of Fanfare Magazine, which also featured a lengthy interview with Inês d'Avena. Here's an excerpt: "Brazilian-born recorder player and scholar Inês d’Avena, who has done yeoman work in researching and performing the present program—with the exception of the Mancini, all world premiere recordings. Given the exquisite performances and the immensely satisfying program, I’m tempted to cut to the chase and say: Waste no time in ordering this CD. But there is so much more to tell, as this CD exemplifies the absolute best that the period instrument world has to offer." Christopher Brodersen, May 2015.
 
June 2015
- 'Dolce Napoli' was reviewed on www.musicframes.nl"De muziek klinkt helder en verzorgd en Inês d’Avena heeft een soepele, warme en ronde toon, bijzonder fraai in langzame passages. Opmerkelijk is het zgn. ‘weggooien‘ of het ‘afbuigen‘ van de toon zoals in het laatste deel ‘Allegro‘, geschreven door Francesco Mancini. En indrukwekkend is het vierde deel van Filippo Rosa‘s ‘Sinfonia a Flauto Solo Basso’ waarin d’Avena markant virtuoos hoorbaar is. De begeleiding is wisselend: in sommige stukken wordt ze bijgestaan door alleen ‘Basso Continuo‘: clavecimbel en cello. In andere stukken is de B.C. (Basso Continuo) aangevuld met strijkers waardoor de muziek iets royaler klinkt. ‘Dolce Napoli‘ is een album van formaat met een begeleidend boekje vol informatie over de componisten en de musici. Een prachtig document voor wie houdt van deze tijdloze muziek!" Mattie Poels, 7 June 2015.:
 
May 2015
- The CD 'Dolce Napoli' received praising reviews from MusicWeb International and MDR FIGARO (Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk). The latter says: "Nicht nur, dass Inês d'Avena für die Aufnahme der von ihr so geliebten neapolitanischen Blockflötenliteratur das Ensemble La Cicala gegründet hat, übrigens benannt nach den mediterranen Sing-Zikaden. Die Flötistin hat auch Kopien von historischen Panormo- und Castel-Instrumenten in Auftrag gegeben, mit denen sie nun die ganze Farbpalette der Stücke ausschöpft, die der Musik Charakter verleihen und mit denen Inês d'Avena unermüdlich auf der Suche nach dem perfekten Klang ist. Was die Brasilianerin und ihr Ensemble La Cicala auf "Dolce Napoli" bieten, kann man virtuos nennen. Verve hat es in jedem Fall, dazu noch dieses präzise Zusammenspiel der sieben Musiker. Die Solistin glänzt, sie lebt förmlich diese Musik, experimentiert auch hier und da extremer mit der Dynamik. Das kann sie wagen, weil ihr die Instrumente die Freiheit dazu geben. Und doch legt Inês d'Avena dabei größten Wert auf den Ensembleton und das Miteinander, was hier wunderbar austariert wirkt." Beatrice Schwartner, 4 May 2015.
 
- La Cicala was one of the guests of Dutch TV program Vrije Geluiden, on NPO1 with live stream online. The full program (including the interview) can be watched here.
 
April 2015
- 'Dolce Napoli' was reviewed by Luister magazine (April/May 2015) which gave the CD 4 stars for playing & recording. 'Dolce Napoli was also reviewed on the website www.musicalifeiten.nl, and on BR-Klassik. The latter says: "Die neapolitanischen Komponisten überzeugen mit ihrer nie erlöschenden, farb- und variantenreichen melodischen Erfindungsgabe immer wieder aufs Neue. "Dolce Napoli" heißt diese Debut-CD von La Cicala ganz zurecht. [...] Inês d'Avena scheint mit ihrer Blockflöte förmlich zu verschmelzen, die musikalischen Bögen und eine völlig natürlich wirkende Verzierungskunst hat sie ganz und gar verinnerlicht. Sie lebt förmlich den Ton der Nachbauten von den drei historischen Altblockflöten, die sie hier einsetzt - immer auf der Suche nach dem zum jeweiligen Stück perfekt passenden Klang. [...] Bestechend stellen sich die Musikerinnen und Musiker von La Cicala vor: zupackend, aber niemals forsch, präzise im Zusammenspiel, dynamisch und lustvoll, ohne übers Ziel hinauszuschießen. Inês d'Avera schafft dabei das Kunststück, als Solistin zu brillieren und dennoch mit ihrem Ensemble eine klanglich bestens ausbalancierte Einheit zu bilden. Ihre ganz persönlichen Lieblingsstücke hat sie für diese CD ausgewählt - und das kann man hier in jeder Minute spüren." Detlef Krenge, 10 April 2015.
 
March 2015
- 'Dolce Napoli' was reviewed by Klassieke Zaken, on their website and also in their magazine of March 2015, nr. 2.
 
- On March 31, the program 'Música e Músicos do Brasil' of Brazilian radio Rádio MEC FM- Rio de Janeiro was dedicated to La Cicala's CD 'Dolce Napoli'.
 
- 'Dolce Napoli' was reviewed by WDR3 TonArt: "Die Blockflöte ist das natürliche Element von Inês d‘Avena. Völlig ungekünstelt wird ihr Atemfluss zu Klang. Diese Natürlichkeit ist das herausragende an ihrem Spiel. Sie artikuliert so geschmeidig, als sei die Blockflöte ihre Muttersprache. [...] Inês d‘Avena hat ein ausserordentliches Gespür für Balance und die Verteilung von Schwerpunkten. In den langsamen Sätzen schafft sie Spannungsbögen, die immer rund und ausgewogen sind. [...] Inês d‘Avena spielt nicht nur mit grossartiger Klangkultur, sie hat auch eine erstklassige Zungen- und Fingertechnik. Hohes Tempo klingt bei ihr nicht nur mühelos, sondern auch gestochen scharf." Ulrike Gruner, 13 March 2015
 
- La Cicala's CD, 'Dolce Napoli', was featured on the program 'Nuove Musiche' of Dutch radio Concertzender of March 9.
 
February 2015
 - The Nederlands Dagblad published an article that includes a review of 'Dolce Napoli': "Samen met het ensemble La Cicala […] maakte Inês d'Avena de cd Dolce Napoli. Haar spel klinkt fris en muzikaal, het doet denken aan Frans Brüggen. Het ensemble - en bij sommige sonates allen de klavecinist Claudio Barduco Ribeiro - begeleidt haar uitstekend."  Roel Sikkema, 27 February 2015 
 
- La Cicala's CD 'Dolce Napoli' was reviewed on www.elartedelafuga.com:
"Todas las obras seleccionadas están escritas para flauta dulce, instrumento del que es especialista la brasileña Inês D’Avena, quien ejerce de directora de La Cicala y cuya emisión es de una transparencia y de una limpieza impresionantes. [...] si por algo destacan D’Avena y sus compañeros es por una interpretación enérgica e inspirada, que seguramente debe tomarse como presagio de que el grupo está llamado a ser una ineludible referencia dentro de la música antigua a no mucho tardar." Eduardo Torrico, 14 February 2015
 
- La Cicala's CD 'Dolce Napoli' was reviewed on www.clicmusique.com:
"Il convient de louer, en premier lieu l'intelligence du livret, rédigé, à la première personne, par Inès d'Avena: outre les informations données sur les compositeurs napolitains représentés ici et souvent peu connus, l'interprète justifie de façon émouvante le choix des instruments aux diapasons divers qui a présidé à la “sélection” de son florilège. [...] L'interprétation frappe par sa clarté, l'équilibre entre les différents pupitres. La flûte solo s'affirme avec une évidente autorité, une franchise naturelle mais aussi une grande délicatesse d'élocution." Bertrand Abraham, January 2015
 
January 2015
- La Cicala's debut CD "Dolce Napoli" is already available for sale from the website of the ensemble, www.lacicala.info,Passacaille as well as a variety of other distribution channels online, including the website of the label, .
Blokfluitistlink- Schifanoia's CD was reviewed on the January 2015 issue of .. The review is available on this
November 2014
- Schifanoia's CD was reviewed on the 2014 Winter issue of Early Music America Magazine. The review is available on this link.
 
October 2014
- La Cicala's debut CD will be released in February 2015 by Belgian label Passacaille.
 
August 2014
- Schifanoia's CD was reviewed on Musicalifeiten.
- On August 19, the program 'Música e Músicos do Brasil' of Brazilian radio Rádio MEC FM- Rio de Janeiro was dedicated to Schifanoia's CD.
- CMDH launched an international crowdfunding campaign for the recording of a new CD.
 
July 2014
- Schifanoia's CD was featured on the program 'Nuove Musiche' of Dutch radio Concertzender of July 7.
- La Cicala has launched its new website: www.lacicala.info.
 
June 2014

- Inês has had an article published in Recercare: 'Three Castel recorders: Rome, Edinburgh and especially Nice', Recercare, v. XXV/1-2, 2013, pp. 75-93.

- Schifanoia received a CD review on MusicWeb International.

 

May 2014

- Schifanoia released its first CD

 

April 2014

- Inês was selected for the semifinals of the 8th International Johann Heinrich Schmelzer Competition 2014.

March 2013

- Inês has had an article published in JAMIS: 'The Panormo alto recorder: a Dolce Flauto Dolce?', Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society, v. XXXVIII, 2012, pp. 34-46.​



February 2013

- Inês has had an article published in Music + Practice: 'The Why of Recording'. Music + Practice, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 1, mar. 2013. ISSN 1893-9562.



January 2013

- Schifanoia concluded a successful international crowdfunding campaign for the recording of its first CD in June/July 2013.​

 

 

November 2012

- Inês is now a Research Coach for the Master Program of the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague.

 

September 2012

- Inês was awarded a PhD scholarship by the CAPES Foundation - Ministry of Education of Brazil.

- La Cicala received honorable mention at the Fringe public award of the Festival Oude Muziek 2012.

June 2012

- On July 8 at 15:00, Concertzender will broadcast the live recording of La Cicala's 'Dolce Napoli' concert of December 9, 2011. On the program recently discovered works by Sarro, Fiorenza, Vinci and Leo can be heard.

February 2012

- Inês has a William E. Gribbon Memorial Award for Student Travel, granted by AMIS.

December 2011

- Inês was guest soloist of the Reykjavik Chamber Orchestra 's 2011 Christmas concert, performing works by Fiorenza, Vivaldi and Scarlatti. The live recording of the concert was broadcasted by the Icelandic Radio (www.ruv.is) on December 26.

- The beautiful Oud-Katholieke Kerk in Delft was the venue of the world premiere of Inês d'Avena's recently commissioned Panormo recorder, in a concert of newly discovered music by Sarro, Fiorenza, Vinci and Leo.

- LOTUS (Inês d'Avena & Claudio Ribeiro) is now represented in Italy by F&B Promotion.

October 2011

- LOTUS (Inês d'Avena & Claudio Ribeiro) won the 2nd prize of the Premio Bonporti 2011.

- A performance of A. Vivaldi's Il Gardellino (Dalheimer Sommer 2011) is now available on youtube.

September 2011

- LOTUS was one of the ensembles selected for the Van Wassenaer Concours 2011.

August 2011

- Inês performed in Vinhedo - SP (Brazil) the recently discovered Leonardo Vinci concerto in A minor; according to its editor Dr. David Lasocki: "probably its first performance since the early 18th century".

 

- An excerpt from a review of a performance of A. Vivaldi's Il Gardellino at the Dalheimer Sommer:

" [...] Milde Abendsonne und Gongschlag leiteten zu Antonio Vivaldi und seinem höchst amüsanten Concerto "Il Gardellino". Inês d'Avena mit Altflöte simulierte den quirligen Distelfink in frappierender Anblastechnik und packendem Vibrato. [...]" Gunther Gensch, 5 August 2011

 

November 2010

- An excerpt from a review of a concert in Voorschoten:

" [...] In klagelijk dalende frasen, in schokkende accenten, in hemelbestormende vragen, die de ziel maar nauwelijks verdraagt. Het fijnzinnige fluitspel van Inês d'Avena maakt vooral indruk omdat ze zo dichtbij de noten blijft, elke slootnoot als een veertje wegblaast, generale pauzes gedoseerd toelaat. [...]" Lidy van der Spek (Leidsch Dagblad), 16 November 2010

October 2010

- Inês was the winner of the II International Competition Prince Francesco Maria Ruspoli.

August 2010

- From September 2010, Inês will be a docARTES promovendus, working towards a Doctorate at the Leiden University (in cooperation with the Orpheus Institute in Gent). Her research project is entitled "The connection between instrument making and recorder works composed in Naples from 1690-1730, with an incursion into other Italian cities".

March 2010

- An excerpt from a review of a performance of N. Fiorenza's concerto in A minor in Voorschoten:

" [...] Minder bekend en wat jonger dan de drie andere Italianen is Nicola Fiorenza. Hij neigt al naar de Rococostijl met decoratieve elementen in zijn Concerto in a voor fluit en twee violen. Sereen, beeldschoon speelt de fluitist in het Grave; in het rondcirkelende allegro koert zij er lustig op los, terwijl de violen dichter bij het continuum blijven. [...]" Lidy van der Spek (Leidsch Dagblad), 1 March 2010

December 2007

- An excerpt from a review of CMDH's CD l'europe réunie:

" [...] Cela donne quelques jolis moments, où lon remarque en particulier dans la Fantaisie de Rebel, la jeune flûtiste, Inês d'Avena. [...]" Monique Parmentier (ResMusica), 24 December 2007 

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