The Playfords

Björn Werner – vocals
Annegret Fischer – recorders
Benjamin Dreßler – viola da gamba
Nora Thiele – percussion
Erik Warkenthin – baroque guitar, lute, chitarrone

You can feel a spark race through the audience right from the very first number (Südwest Presse)
No one can sit still in their seat once The Playfords begin playing (Mitteldeutsche Zeitung)
An absolutely exquisite pleasure (PA)
Irrepressible joie-de-vivre and accomplished musicality (Badische Zeitung)
A good number of modern jazz musicians’ mouths are going to hang open (Radio Lotte)
The audience was beside itself with excitement – and understandably so (Neue Westfälische)
The smiles on the faces in the audience speak volumes (Prenzlauer Zeitung)
Thunderous applause (Recklinghäuser Zeitung)
A band that can make big things happen in the folk scene (Folkmagazin)

You can feel a spark race through the audience right from the very first number
(Südwest Presse)

No one can sit still in their seat once The Playfords begin playing
(Mitteldeutsche Zeitung)

An absolutely exquisite pleasure
(PA)

Irrepressible joie-de-vivre and accomplished musicality
(Badische Zeitung)

A good number of modern jazz musicians’ mouths are going to hang open
(Radio Lotte)

The audience was beside itself with excitement – and understandably so
(Neue Westfälische)

The smiles on the faces in the audience speak volumes
(Prenzlauer Zeitung)

Thunderous applause
(Recklinghäuser Zeitung)

A band that can make big things happen in the folk scene
(Folkmagazin)

The Playfords developed a distinctive authentic, innovative and danceable Early Music Style over the last 20 years of their existence. They are one of the few ensembles improvising extempore on stage and thus embody truthfully authenticity of historically informed performance. Their sources of creativity are music, texts and life of the 16th and 17th century in Europe and beyond. History, tradition & evergreens are woven into holistic concept programmes and blossom in new arrangements.
Early music, Folk, Pop, Jazz, non-European Music, Poetry, Dance, Art, Visual Arts and Theater are metamorphosed into  I n s p i r e d   E a r l y   M u s i c .

The five-headed ensemble is named after John and Henry Playford’s collection “The English Dancing Master” (1651). A Real Book of it’s time providing notated Hit-melodies on fitting dance steps. Harmonies and Bass were to be improvised by the performing musicians, their essential character determined by those own predilections and particular talents. This was a welcome challenge to any virtuosic musician’s creativity – then as well as now.

The Playfords have performed regularly at international festivals since 2005, including as part of the “Oude Muziek Utrecht” Fringe festival, at the Gewandhaus Leipzig, Schloss Tirol, MDR-Musiksommer, Bach-Biennale Weimar, Stockstädter Blockflötenfesttage, Philharmonie Berlin, Konzerthaus Berlin, to Belarus in cooperation with Goethe Institut and at the EXPO 2015 in Milan and many more. So far six CDs have been released at Coviello Classics, Raumklang and DHM.

With their yearly Playgroundfestival of early music folk in Weimar the format of “Early Music Jam Sessions” and different crossover programmes with Latin, Iraqi, English, Italian, German, Austrian and Dutch Musicians have been created (Latin Baroque, Shakespeare’s Musicke & Dounce, Trialogue of Religions, L’Arte da Vinci).