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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February 01 2015
Feb-01-2015
Melomanie with La Bernardinia.**
Rainer Beckmann, recorder; Donna Fournier, viola da gamba; and Marcia Kravis, harpsichord,  join forces with the Wilmington-based baroque and new music ensemble, Melomanie. Our joint concert of provocative pairings will feature 21st century music from Brazil for recorder and harpsichord by Pitombeira, a work for large ensemble by Pennsylvania composer Anthony Mosakowski, baroque music for two harpsichords, and works by Marcello and Vivaldi. The performance will take place in a beautiful museum venue.

Sunday, February 1, 2015, 2PM
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
melomanie.tix.com

**La Bernardiniais a member of the Guild for Early Music.
 
April 19 2015
Apr-19-2015
La Bernadinia**, Rainer Beckmann, recorder; Donna Fournier, viola da gamba; and Marcia Kravis, harpsichord will be joined by organist Chad Fothergill to perform works from popular collections such as The Division Flute, The Division Viol, The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, Byrd's Parthenia in-Violata, Hume's First Part of Ayres, and Locke's Little Consort.

Enjoy a spring afternoon with delightful early English chamber music in the lovely acoustics of University Lutheran Church.  Sunday, April 19, 2015, 3PM.

University Lutheran Church of the Incarnation
3637 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Free will offering

**La Bernadinia is a member of the Guild of Early Music.

**Denotes member of the Guild for Early Music

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