Hometown: Monroe, CT
Web site: http://www.FanfareConsort.com
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Fanfare Consort, Connecticut’s Premier Early Music Ensemble, is dedicated to the research, publication, performance and recording of literature composed prior to the 19th century. The ensemble preserves this rich and unheard repertiore by performing modern-day premieres of manuscripts by composers who have been eclipsed by the great masters of music. All concerts are presented on historically accurate instruments: clarino (valveless baroque trumpet), baroque strings (gut strings), baroque woodwinds (keyless and wooden), basso continuo (chitarrone [fretted bass lute] and/or violone [fretted, gut strings], harpsichord [plucked strings], and/or positiv organ [portable baroque tracker pipe organ], etc.) and voice (natural ), in order to heighten public awareness of an earlier style of performance. These concerts are presented as a lecture/demonstration performance that is both educational and entertaining. Concerts includes explanations of the music and a comparison of the historical instruments and their modern counterparts.
The members of Fanfare Consort come together as a result of multiple collaborations in period instrument ensembles, both in America and Europe. Individually they have garnered international recognition for their interpretations of Baroque literature. Together they share a true passion for chamber music and a commitment to early music performance practice. They bring to their performances the highest level of musicianship and scholarship, along with the greatest affection for this unique body of repertoire.
Released recordings include Soaring—The Music of Italy, music for clarino and organ; andThe Intimate Sonate, literature for clarino, two violins and basso continuo. Germanic Presence in Ye Olde England, the music of Finger, Händel and Keller, and The Intimate Cantate, cantatas of Alessandro Melani for high voice (castrato), clarino, baroque violins and basso continuo are being recorded. All include modern-day premieres.