VIELLE, SANTUR, HARP, MONOCHORD, UD, DILRUBA, IKLIG, BELLS
Michael Popp has been involved with early music for several decades. In 1985, whilst still studying at the Mozarteum (with Nikolaus Harnoncourt among others), he, Sigrid Hausen and Ernst Schwindl established the Estampie Ensemble, which has been a leading medieval ensemble on the international stage for many years. The group’s extremely wide-ranging involvement has become evident through numerous concerts, radio and television recordings, dance and theatre performances and twelve CDs and DVDs.
Popp has additionally formed several ensembles that are very closely related to Estampie.
The “electro-medieval” band Qntal, for example, has existed since 1992 and has made an international name for itself through many appearances at home and abroad and eight CDs and DVDs.
The Al Andaluz Project, a collaboration with Spanish and Moroccan musicians, devotes itself to the Islamic-Sephardic-Christian music of Spain. In 2012 the group received the “Ruth” prize for international folk music, Germany’s most important critics’ prize in the field.