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MARCH 29, 2022 @ 7:30pm

Live Oak Friends Meeting House | Houston, TX

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Recorder Player Extraordinaire

MARCH 29, 2022 @ 7:30PM

Live Oak Friends Meeting House | Houston, TX


Tabea Debus - Recorder   &   Alon Sariel - Archlute

Ohrwurm explores how tunes and dances wormed their way into many aspects of music-making in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Europe – and, in traversing the centuries, contemporary compositions testify to the earworm’s secured place in modern life.

Tabea Debus is a winner of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition


The Performers

TABEA DEBUS, recorder

Winner, 2019 Concert Artists Guild Competition

“Tabea Debus is one of the most exciting young musicians in the early music world…”

Classic FM


Described by The Times as a ‘charismatic virtuoso’ Tabea is much sought after as a soloist, collaborator, teacher and communicator. 


Over the last year she has returned to Wigmore Hall and recorded live concerts commissioned for release online by the Vancouver Recital Society, San Francisco Early Music, the Shriver Hall Washington D.C. Discover Series, London International Festival of Early Music and the Banquo de la Republica in Colombia.  In 2020 her recording for Delphian: Ohrwurm was released to critical acclaim.


Passionate about outreach work, Tabea has developed several projects including a music/art-game Soundshapes, a play-along library Continuo Lines, and Endo the Earthworm (a series of videos inspired by Gareth Moorcroft’s ‘Diaries of the Early Worm’) which uses puppets.  She works with musicians, actors and artists and has contributed to Saffron Hall’s Together in Sound, Jackdaws Music Education Trust and Music Masters, among many others.


This season, Tabea gives recitals across the USA including the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., Morgan Library (NY), UChicago series, Merkin Concert Hall (NY) and Houston Early Music. Other highlights include concerts at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany where she won the prestigious Soloists Prize in 2019.  


Always eager to discover, develop and perform new music, Tabea collaborates with numerous composers.  She has performed widely internationally, highlights including the Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival, Musica Antiqua Bolzano, Edinburgh International Festival, the Funkhaus Cologne, Early Music Festivals in London, York and Brecon, the LSO Soundhub and Barbican Centre’s Sound Unbound.  


As a chamber musician she has collaborated with Iestyn Davies, Rachel Podger, Elizabeth Kenny, Richard Egarr, Jonathan Rees and Lawrence Cummings, among many others.  She regularly appears with La Serenissima and The English Concert and is a frequent guest on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune and Early Music Show.


Born in Würzburg, Germany, Tabea studied at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts and the Royal Academy of Music in London.  She was a prize-winner at the Young Classical Artists Trust International Auditions (London) in 2018 and the Concert Artists Guild (New York) International Auditions in 2019 where she also received the Richard S. Weinert Award for Innovation.   


She teaches recorder at Wells Cathedral School and leads composition and chamber music workshops at the Royal Academy of Music and Cambridge University. 


Tabea is generously supported by Lord and Lady Burns.

away from stage sessions: Tabea Debus & Alon Sariel "J. S. Bach - Partita No.3" @ the gym

away from stage sessions: Tabea Debus & Alon Sariel "J. S. Bach - Partita No.3" @ the gym

J. S. Bach: Partita no. 3 - Gavotte en Rondeau Arr. Alon Sariel To whom art is life, his life is a great art. - Johann Sebastian Bach Berlioz described the key of E major as "brilliant, splendid and sublime". He was not alone in this view; adjectives such as splendid, noble and heavenly frequently occur in the context of this key. This is significant for the third Partita by Johann Sebastian Bach, his last work from Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin. Significant because the other two partitas are in a minor key; Bach is said to be still mourning his deceased wife Maria Barbara here. The radiant E major therefore stands out here once again. In the movement "Gavotte en Rondeau" this lightness is taken up: a catchy theme is introduced, which thanks to the rondo form comes back again and again, in the intermediate parts artful exuberance prevails. And all this - as one is accustomed to from Johann Sebastian Bach - in a simple, yet direct tonal language. Tabea Debus and Alon Sariel play this movement in a version for recorder and lute (arr. Alon Sariel), which even in this arrangement does not lose joy, hope and yet remains its depth, as they themselves would characterize this movement. For both of them Bach's music means a lot, because for them Bach manages in an mysterical way to combine old and new musical ways of thinking in his work. And this with a lightness that is needed especially in turbulent times like these. Recorded live at an old gym of the Mühlheimer Turngemeinde 1856 e.V. in the "Ruhrpott". Special thanks to them that they would let us shoot in their wonderful location. Musicians Tabea Debus - Recorder Alon Sariel - Lute Crew producer - Yannick Benavides director/dp - Paul Schön 1st assistant camera - Yannick Obry gaffer - Simon Grosser balance & mixing engineer - Celia Ruiz Artacho recording engineer - Malte Weitkamp color grading - Noel Lardon graphic design - Nina Kleinert production assistant - Jacques Wienicke making of - Valentin Zuckmantel text - Carla Maria Bangert stills photographer - Anna Tena


Plan Your Visit


Live Oak Friends Meeting House

1318 W. 26th St.

Houston, TX 77008



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