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Published on Sep 5, 2010
Wolgemut (vol-guh-moot): an ancient germanic word which simply means, "to be in a good mood". Wolgemut is also the name of our very unique minstrel's troupe which believes that the goal of every performance is to leave the audience in a good mood! The name says it all!
Fun, humor and endless amounts of energy are the essentials of a Wolgemut performance. Music, dance and comedy fused with a generous amount of "wolgemutness" turns every Wolgemut show into a high powered event; a Renaissance Rock concert!
Founded in Berlin, Germany, Wolgemut has performed our unique style of historical and traditional music on original instruments throughout the United States and Europe since 1997.
Recent performances in the United States include concerts throughout the Southwest and Hawaii as well as performances at the Southern California Pleasure Faire, Sterling Renaissance Festival (New York), Texas Renaissance Festival and the Maryland Renaissance Festival.
Wolgemut has also performed at many venues in Europe including the Stockholm Music Festival, The Visby Medieval Week (Gotland, Sweden), the International Medieval Theatre Festival (Camerino, Italy), the Hansa Festival (Hamburg, Germany) and the Rencontres de Saint-Chartier (Saint-Chartier, France).
"Historic World Music" is the term used to describe the distinctive Wolgemut sound which is a synthesis of "inspiration" and "imagination".
The musical inspiration comes from a variety of historical and traditional sources, such as: 12th c. Latin songs of the Goliards, 13th c. Spanish "cantigas", 14th c. Italian court dances, German "minnelied", 16th c. French dances and rollicking English country dances of the 17th c.
Wolgemut also uses some traditional material from various European countries such as folk songs and dances from Sweden, France, Germany as well as from the Balkan countries. Original compositions written by and for the group may also be heard during a Wolgemut performance.
For more information please visit our official website at: www.wolgemut.net