"La Folia" is Portuguese
and means folly, though it also suggests "madness". So, why would anyone choose a name like that? Well,
there were actually several reasons. First, and probably the least interesting, is that it is a term of significance
in classical music. Since the sixteenth century La Folia has referred to a chord progression so popular that the likes
of Vivaldi and Rachmaninoff and a host of great composers have used it.
But even before the popular chord progression, there was an annual event in Portugal
called La Folia. It was a raucous festive event at which men and women dressed in strange clothing and behaved in a
manner that was seemingly "madness". There was even a dance associated with this outrageous revelry called
the "Morris Dance". Our business card has a reproduction of a Bruegel painting--The wedding Dance-- which
suggests how a Morris Dance might have looked.
There was still one other reason for choosing "La Folia". There is a beautiful book by Kahlil
Gibran entitled, "The Madman," which tells the story of how a great poet discovered his artistic spirit. Returning
home one afternoon he found that a thief had broken into his home and stolen his masks. Discovering this he ran into
the street shouting, "Thieves, thieves have stolen my masks." A women heard him and from her balcony above
she shouted back, "You're a madman", and hearing this, the poet looked up to see the woman and for the first
time he felt the sun upon his face, and in that moment he realized he would never again need his masks.
La Folia continues to be an inspiration to me. It is my search
for Freedom, to feel, not only the sunshine on my face, but the beauty of the moment. If you have further interest in our
music, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.