Folk and Art song from England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales accompanied on Medieval and Renaissance lutes and harps.
We generally think of art song and folk song as independent musical styles performed by different people, but a closer look at the history of these styles shows that they have been shared and utilized by the same people for centuries. Art song was a highly intellectualized music composed and performed for Kings, Queens, and other members of the aristocracy in Medieval and Renaissance Europe. Folk songs were the songs of the common man, passed down through the centuries orally, like stories of long ago - subject to change with every generation of storyteller. Every so often, a folk tune would find its way to the ear of a court composer...more
Ziryab: Rose of Roses
Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and Medieval music from the three faiths - Islam, Judaism, and Christianity - and the uniquely Spanish and South American music born from these styles.
Ziryab was an African slave troubadour in 9th century Baghdad. As the story goes; the Kalif of Baghdad suffered from insomnia and he would have his favorite oud player, Ibrahim Mouseli, play for him at night until the Kalif eventually fell asleep. One evening the Kalif requested Mouseli but he was not available, so one of Mouseli’s students, a young man of 17 called Ziryab (Blackbird), played for the Kalif instead. The Kalif was transported and he called for Ziryab night after night. But Mouseli threatened his student that he would be a dead man if he didn’t leave Baghdad...more...
"Singing with a pure, centered sound and impeccable diction, he’s a natural-born storyteller. At times the lead vocalist of a rock band, at times an art-song singer, and at others a shy poet, he had you hanging onto his every word...his attributes made for a memorable listening experience."
Brian Kay is a modern-day troubadour. Hailed as a “Far-ranging”, "Brilliant", and “Exciting"-Cleveland.com, Brian performs throughout the world as a solo artist, and with a number of critically acclaimed ensembles. He has appeared on more than 10 album releases at the age of 33... Read More
Music from the plays of William Shakespeare.
-What did the music sound like in Shakespeare's plays?
-What instruments would have been used on the stage?
-What did Shakespearean dialect originally sound like?
Each of these questions approaches a deeper understanding of 17th century English theater, and specifically, the works of William Shakespeare. The information yielded from these studies has been used to create a holistic representation of the music Shakespeare would have heard in his lifetime, even in his own original productions! A closer look at the sources from this time reveals that there were essentially two types of songs...more