Marco Beasley and Guido Morini founded Accordone in 1984, motivated by a passionate interest in both a musicological approach to performance problems and in Italian vocal music ranging from the Renaissance to the early eighteenth century. Lo Tasso Napolitano in 1991 was the first project to bear a clear dramatic imprint: from that moment on, the concert as an event containing both music and drama became the stylistic trademark of the group. With Vox clamans in solitudine in 1995 the juxtaposition of texts and music from diverse places, periods and traditions met with great success, at a time when monographic programmes were considered more or less obligatory. Two years later Il Salotto Napoletano was created, an intimate foray into the world of the classical Neapolitan canzone of the nineteenth century. This was followed in 1999 by Il sogno d’Orfeo, a veritable chamber opera, and in 2001, by Via Toledo, a concert of music from the oral traditions of southern Italy. The need for a performance more in keeping with the canons of the seventeenth century prompted Beasley and Morini to propose a kind of dramatised concert that brought out the theatrical aspect and transformed the singer into a character. In addition, they accepted the challenge of giving to the instruments a role which was “tailor-made” to fit the pieces on the programme, thus bringing the performance closer to the descriptions found in contemporary treatises.
Just as in the early musical chapels, Accordone creates a new repertory expressly for its own concerts. From this were born : Una Odissea (2001), Una Iliade (2008) and Solve et Coagula (2009), chamber operas with music by Guido Morini and texts by Marco Beasley; Vivifice Spiritus Vitae Vis (2004) and Passio (2012), sacred compositions by Guido Morini on latin texts from the Holy Bible. Guido Morini also realizes all the revisions and musical elaborations for the performances of Accordone.The ensemble regularly performs all over the world for the most important festivals and music halls: Concertgebow Amsterdam, Auditorio National Madrid, Tokyo Summer Festival, Festival van Vlaanderen, Accademia di S.Cecilia (Roma), Salzburg, Utrecht, Bruges, Innsbruck, Israel festivals, Bozar Bruxelles, de Bijloke Gand, Fims Friburg, DeSingel Antwerpen, Opera comique Paris, Mexico City Festival, Sidney Recital Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre. Accordone is broadcasted from the most important radios all over Europe; its concerts are broadcasted by TV channels as Arte, Mezzo.