Journey to the East links two unique figures across the centuries: acclaimed early-music interpreter Jordi Savall and St. Francis Xavier, the 16th-century Jesuit missionary who traveled from the court of Lisbon to Mozambique, India, Malaysia, Japan, and China. In this epic musical journey, narrated by John Douglas Thompson, Savall directs Hespèrion XXI, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, and guest musicians as they trace the rich array of percussion, melodic instruments, and vocal styles Francis Xavier would have encountered on his route.

“Jordi Savall is one of those elect musicians whose curiosity, scholarship, probity and expressiveness give pleasure in everything he plays.”
– Chicago Tribune
“Vividly performed, and their variety is beguiling.”
– Guardian (U.K.) on Journey to the East


1941 Broadway


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Journey to the East

Jordi Savall

Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 7:30 pm Alice Tully Hall

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Jordi Savall, director
John Douglas Thompson, narrator
La Capella Reial de Catalunya
Hespèrion XXI

(Japan) Junko Ueda, voice and biwa; Ichiro Seki, shakuhachi; Masako Hirao, bass viol; Hiroyuki Koinuma, shinobue and nokan

(India) Prabhu Edouard, tablas
(Afghanistan) Daud Sadozai, sarod

Sung in Spanish, German, Latin, Provençal, Japanese, and Chinese with English supertitles

Performance length: Two hours, including intermission

Performance Details

  • Pre-performance talk with Jordi Savall and Ara Guzelimian at 6:15 pm
    Pre-performance talk with Jordi Savall and Ara Guzelimian at 6:15 pm