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Houston Early Music is part of the third annual Houston Early Music Festival (HEMF), which runs from February 12-15, 2015, and is sponsored by partner organizations Ars Lyrica Houston, Bach Society Houston, Houston Early Music, Mercury – The Orchestra Redefined and Piping Rock Singers. HEMF will feature five main-stage performances and an inaugural Young Artist Showcase program, which highlights current student period-instrument ensembles from Texas university and college music programs. For a list of all performances, visit Individual tickets to concerts are available through respective organizations, and discounted festival passes are available via the HEMF website or phone at 713-533-0080


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Sunday, Feb. 15: CIARAMELLA — Make a Joyful Noise

Make a Joyful Noise

Sun., Feb. 15, 2015, 3:00 pm
First Evangelical Lutheran Church
1311 Holman St., 77004

Hear the joyful noise of shawms, recorders, bagpipes and sackbuts improvising florid polyphony over songs, dances and sacred chant. Praised for performing intricate 15th-century counterpoint “with the ease of jazz musicians improvising on a theme” (The Cleveland Plain Dealer), Ciaramella brings to life the music of the Burgundian Alta Capella ensembles that piped across Renaissance Europe. This is a main stage concert for the 2015 Houston Early Music Festival. A preconcert talk by Ciaramella artists begins at 2:15 p.m.  

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Ciaramella performs on shawms, recorders, bagpipes, sackbuts, plucked-string instruments and percussion, improvising florid polyphony in the manner of the Burgundian alta capella ensembles that piped across Renaissance Europe. The Cleveland Plain Dealer praised the group for performing intricate 15th-century counterpoint “with the ease of jazz musicians improvising on a theme.”

“Even though we are playing music that is 500 years old, it is as fresh and new sounding today as when it was first played,” said Ciaramella co-director Rotem Gilbert. “The love songs are sultry, the dances are toe-tapping and the sounds of shawms, bagpipes, sackbuts and recorders are irresistible and rousing.”

Gilbert and her husband, Adam are the Ciaramella directorial team, and both play recorder, bagpipe and an early form of the oboe, the shawm. They will be joined by Doug Milliken on similar instruments, while Greg Ingles and Erik Schmaltz play recorder, slide trumpet and sackbut, an early trombone. Jason Yoshida will add lute, guitar and percussion.   Continue reading

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