GEMS Live! Artist Roster

Each of the ensembles on the GEMS Live! roster is available for national and international bookings. Contact us.

ALBA - Journey the Ancient Seas!  Music of Early Spain and Beyond...
Bridging 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.
Asteria - Sylvia Rhyne, soprano and Eric Redlinger, tenor and lute. 
Winner of 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
  Young 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.
Galileo's Muse
Galileo's Muse
Galileo's Muse
This engaging 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.
Pomerium - 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 concerts.
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.
Trefoil - 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 touring programs.
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.