Zorzal (Spanish for wood thrush) is a vocal and instrumental ensemble dedicated to the performance of Spanish, Sephardic, and Latin American music from the 12th century to the present. We focus on works that reflect how musical elements from Spain are influenced by and influence other musical cultures, including those from African, Native American, Sephardic, Arabic and other European sources. We ourselves are a crossroads, bringing together a variety of musical backgrounds, education, and experience. Some of us are educators; several of us have extensive experience performing folk music, both American and Latin American. Our interpretations are based on ethnomusicological and musicological research, as well as on knowledge of classical and jazz composition. Our performance practice is at a crossroads between folk vernaculars and classical training, and our mission is at the crossroads of education and pure performance.

Zorzal features a vocal quintet, recorders, guitar, harpsichord, violoncello, and Latin American, Arab, and African percussion. We perform in a variety of Spanish dialects as well as in Ladino (Sephardic Jewish), Quechua (Incan), and Náhuatl (Aztec). The group was founded in 2001 in south-central Pennsylvania under the sponsorship of the Pommerian Early Music Guild (www.pommerianearlymusicguild.org/. The group is now based in central New Jersey. Current members include Lynn Gumert (Artistic Director, Soprano, Recorders), Carlos Fernandez (Guitar, Tenor, Percussion), Kate Chen (Soprano), Doug Helvering (Bass, Percussion), Megan Helvering (Alto), Momo Kusaka (Recorders), Minju Lee (Harpsichord), Bob Ramos (Percussion), and Janet Walker (Violoncello).


Contact:
Zorzal Music Ensemble
www.zorzal.org
zorzal@verizon.net
609-490-0196

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March 26 2017
Mar-26-2017
Dryden Ensemble* presents Bach's Birthday. The Mardi Considine Spring Concert celebrating 332 years of J. S. Bach with chamber music by Bach, Buxtehude, Handel, and Weiss for oboe, violin, viola da gamba, lute, and harpsichord.

Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 3 PM.  Miller Chapel, Princeton Theological Seminary, 64 Mercer St., Princeton, NJ .
 
Tickets available online, by mail or at the door. General admission $25; students free with ID; 3-concert subscriptions $70.  

Phone: 609-466-8541  

March is Early Music Month!

*Dryden Ensemble is a member of the Guild for Early Music

 
March 31 2017
Mar-31-2017
The Delaware River Consort* and the La Spirita Viol Consort* bring you a program of Renaissance music for voices and viols welcoming the return of Spring. Music of Arcadelt, Bennet, Byrd, Cornish, Desprez, Dowland, Jannequin, Le Jeune, Lasso, Marenzio, Melville, Morley, Purcell, Sweelinck, & Weelkes.

Salon 33 is an intimate venue located in Princeton, New Jersey. You may arrive at 7 PM for a potluck meal (please bring an appetizer, main, side, or dessert), or just come when the music starts at 8 PM. There is no formal charge for admission, but a donation for the performers will be graciously appreciated. $20 is suggested. 

Please contact the host of Salon 33 (Salon33@outlook.com) to be placed on the email list for invitations which will include directions and additional details. You may easily unsubscribe yourself from the Salon 33 list after the celebration of Early Music Month if you wish.  

*The Delaware River Consort and La Spirita are members of the Guild for Early Music.
 
April 01 2017
Apr-01-2017
La Fiocco* presents Phantasticus!  Sonatas and Sinfonias in the “Fantastic” Style, 1620-1660. Featuring music from 17th-Century Venice, Vienna, Antwerp, and Brussels. Music of Fontana, Castello, Marini, Drese, Bertali, and A Kempis. With guest artist cornetto virtuoso Nathaniel Cox; Allen Hamrick, recorder & dulcian; Benjamin Bernard, sackbut; Claire Bermingham Smith & Dan McCarthy, baroque violins; Vivian Barton Dozor, baroque; cello & viola da gamba, with a rich continuo section of lutes, 3 theorbos, baroque guitar, harpsichord, & spinetta.  Lewis R. Baratz, artistic director.  Saturday, April 1, 2017, 7:30 PM, United Methodist Church, 7 Vandeventer Ave., Princeton, NJ

**La Fiocco is a member of the Guild for Early Music
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April 02 2017
Apr-02-2017
La Fiocco* presents Phantasticus! Sonatas and Sinfonias in the “Fantastic” Style, 1620-1660.  Featuring music from 17th-Century Venice, Vienna, Antwerp, and Brussels. Music of Fontana, Castello, Marini, Drese, Bertali, and A Kempis. With guest artist cornetto virtuoso Nathaniel Cox; Allen Hamrick, recorder & dulcian; Benjamin Bernard, sackbut; Claire Bermingham Smith & Dan McCarthy, baroque violins; Vivian Barton Dozor, baroque; cello & viola da gamba, with a rich continuo section of lutes, 3 theorbos, baroque guitar, harpsichord, & spinetta. Lewis R. Baratz, artistic director. Sunday, April 2, 2017, 3:00 PM, Trinity Episcopal Church, 6587 Upper York Road, Solebury, PA. 

**La Fiocco is a member of the Guild for Early Music.

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