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ALBA - Journey the Ancient Seas! Music of Early Spain and Beyond
the ancient to the present with exotic songs, compelling dances and
virtuosic improvisations, Margo Gezairlian Grib (voice, vielle), Rex
Benincasa (percussion), Haig Manoukian (oud) and Christopher
Morrongiello (lute, guitarra española) perform early Mediterranean music
on traditional instruments. ALBA evokes the haunting melodies and
dynamic rhythms of the Iberian peninsula as well as music from its
Middle-Eastern and European neighbors. Through the time of La Convivencia
when Christian, Jewish and Muslim cultures flourished together to the Golden Age of Spain
, ALBA makes this passionate music contemporary.
Sylvia Rhyne, soprano and Eric Redlinger, tenor and lute.
the 2004 Early Music America Competition for Medieval and Renaissance
Performance, the New York Times has called their music "intimate and
deeply communicative... meltingly beautiful." Asteria is known for its
compelling and personal delivery of 15th century vocal and instrumental
music from the courts of Burgundy, performed entirely from memory. Since
winning the competition Sylvia and Eric have had a busy touring
schedule in the US and have appeared in Mexico, France, Germany and
Switzerland. They have released three CDs, 'Le Souvenir de vous me tue' , 'Soyes Loyal' and
'Un tres doulx regard' and are now finishing a fourth recording exclusively
of 15th century chansons by Binchois. Short videos on their website were filmed
on location in the only extant Burgundian chateau, Germolles
East of the River
Recorder virtuosi Daphna Mor and Nina Stern collaborate with world renowned kanun player, Tamer Pinarbasi, Yo Yo Ma¹s "Silk Road Ensemble" percussionist Shane Shanahan and guest artist Jesse Kotansky, on violin and oud, to present a program exploring Medieval music of the Mediterranean and traveling eastward through the Balkans to Armenia and the Middle East. Haunting melodies, ancient songs, and brilliant dances are arranged and interpreted by musicians whose musical backgrounds come from Classical and World Music. Together they create the unique blend that is East of the River.
Guido's Ear - The Birth of the Baroque: Treasures from 17th Century Italy
Australian-born baroque violin virtuoso Aaron Brown leads this dynamic
quartet with Dongmyung Ahn, baroque violin, Grant Herreid, baroque lute
and guitar, theorbo, and voice and Gabriel Shuford, harpsichord in an
engaging program which takes the audience on a journey from rowdy
Renaissance dance and song to the dazzlingly sprezzatura
sonatas and sublime melodies of the Baroque.
quintet, led by Benjamin Wolff on baroque cello with two violins and two
lutes, presents a compelling program exploring the delightful and
surprising relationship between Galileo and the music of late
Renaissance Italy. Wolff tells the story of how Galileo's love of music
and his experience as a lutenist held the key to one of his most
important scientific accomplishments, the Law of Falling Bodies.
Includes rarely performed lute music by Galileo's father and brother,
spiraling 17th century Italian dances and sonatas, and a live
re-enactment of Galileo's experiment of the inclined plane.
Parthenia: A Consort of Viols
, Beverly Au, Lawrence Lipnik, Rosamund Morley, and Lisa Terry.
Parthenia has been hailed by the New Yorker as "one of the brightest
lights in New York's early-music scene". This dynamic ensemble explores
the extraordinary repertory for viols of the sixteenth, seventeenth and
eighteenth centuries from Tudor England to the court of Versailles and
beyond. Parthenia has released two full CDs and a Sampler CD. Their
newest touring program, When Music and Sweet Poetry Agree
includes Paul Hecht, actor and Jacqueline Horner, soprano.
- Alexander Blachly, Director
Inspired by the renowned chapel choirs of the Renaissance, Pomerium revives the golden age of a cappella
singing. The ensemble, featuring some of the finest singers in the
country and acclaimed for its luminous sound, performs frequently in New
York at such venues as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Cloisters,
the Pierpont Morgan Library, the Frick Collection, and Music Before
1800, as well as across the USA and abroad. The New York Times
noted that Pomerium is "the standard by which early music vocal groups
are measured." The group of 12-14 singers is available for a variety of
programs including Renaissance mannerism, the Vatican chapel, Josquin,
and others. Distinguished scholar/conductor Alexander Blachly is also
available for entertaining and enriching lectures before or after
Repast Baroque Ensemble, Amelia Roosevelt, baroque violin, Avi Stein, harpsichord, John Mark
Rosendaal, viola da gamba and baroque 'cello.
A collaboration of three
period-instrument virtuosi, Repast presents vivid renditions of music of
the baroque era. Each member of Repast has an active career in
historical performance, and together they bring a wealth of experience
and knowledge to the trio's programs. Repast enjoys frequent and
fruitful collaborations with leading period instrument players and
vocalists in order to explore the vast and varied repertoire of the
baroque era. The group's name, meaning a meal or a feast, is a double-entendre: out of the revival of past music comes a delectable, spiritually nourishing experience.
Drew Minter, countertenor/harp; Mark Rimple, countertenor/lute;
Marcia Young, soprano/harp
Trefoil is a trio of
singer-instrumentalists long active in early music, with experience in
such ensembles as Concert Royal, Les Arts Florissants, New York's
Ensemble for Early Music, Pomerium, Clarion Music society, Piffaro, My
Lord Chamberlain's Consort, and other groups. The trio debuted in New
York and Philadelphia early in 2000 with a program of 14th-century
French ars subtilior song: Trefoil has recorded two CDs and offers five
The Western Wind
- Michele Kennedy, Laura Christian, Todd Frizzell, Elliot Z. Levine,
Richard Slade, and William Zukof.
The Western Wind presents the special
beauty and variety of a cappella
, performing Medieval,
Renaissance, Early American, Baroque and Romantic music as well as new
works by contemporary composers, pop and jazz arrangements, and
imaginative programs presenting holiday music from both Jewish and
Christian traditions. The Western Wind has been acclaimed at many of
the world's finest halls—La Grand Theatre de Geneve, Teatro La Fenice,
Rome Opera, Carnegie Hall, Tully Hall and the Metropolitan Museum of
Art—and have collaborated with prestigious ensembles such as the Folger
Consort, Hesperus and the St. Louis Symphony. The Western Wind has
appeared on NBC's Today Show
and can be heard annually on radio.
Their holiday specials, which feature narrators Leonard Nimoy, Theodore
Bikel, Roma Downey, Tovah Feldshuh, and Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee are
distributed by Public Radio International, National Public Radio and the
Public Radio Exchange.