William Byrd (c.1543 – 1623) was considered by his contemporaries to be a musician without peer. The music he wrote for voices to sing is generally recognized as his chief glory. While there are no transcriptions of chansons or song intabulations among his instrumental works, every moving line in one of his fantasies or pavans is in essence a wordless voice, having different registers and needing breath. Presented here by acclaimed harpsichordist Colin Tilney is a delectable assortment of keyboard works highlighting the vocal character of Byrd’s writing including his exquisite setting of John Dowland’s famed Pavan "Lachrymae."
Like the wounded country in which it sits, the eponymous guesthouse of La Sirga, Colombian writer/director William Vega’s debut feature, is a collapsing wreck desperately held together by the lingering faith of a precious few. A haunting glimpse through thick fog of a corpse impaled on a pike is the harrowing introduction to the war-torn setting from which nineteen year-old protagonist Flora escapes to her uncle’s inn, where he allows her to aid in its perpetual repair.