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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September 17 2017
Sep-17-2017
La Fiocco* presents its 3rd Annual English Country Dance, with dance leader Sue Dupre & live music on period instruments Sunday, September 17, 2017.  Doors open at 1:30 PM.  Music & dancing start at 2 PM.  The Barn in Pipersville, PA (near Doylestown, PA - email for details).

$60 per guest ($35 tax deductible).  This event will help fund La Fiocco's next season.  Click here to download our ticket form or Click to reserve tickets online (small service fee applies). For more information, visit us at lafiocco.org or contact us at info AT lafiocco.org. 

*La Fiocco is a member of the Guild for Early Music.
 
October 28 2017
Oct-28-2017
Enter the profound world of J. S. Bach and his musical forebears in this program of German Baroque sinfonias and cantatas featuring countertenor Daniel MoodyWith Linda Kistler & Dan McCarthy, baroque violins, Vivian Barton Dozor, baroque cello, Benjamin Berman, organ & harpsichord, and artistic director Lewis R. Baratz, recorder & harpsichord. Music of Heinrich Schütz, Philipp Heinrich Erlebach, Johann Philipp Krieger, Johann Pachelbel, and Bach family members Johann Michael, Johann Christoph, and the incomparable Johann Sebastian.

Saturday, October 28th, 7:30 PM 
Note new venue:  
Lutheran Church of the Messiah
407 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ
Parking behind on the church and on side streets.

$25 general audience, $10 students, 12 & under, free
Cash/check at the door or click here to purchase tickets online.

La Fiocco is a member of the Guild for Early Music.
 
October 29 2017
Oct-29-2017
Enter the profound world of J. S. Bach and his musical forebears in this program of German Baroque sinfonias and cantatas featuring countertenor Daniel MoodyWith Linda Kistler & Dan McCarthy, baroque violins, Vivian Barton Dozor, baroque cello, Benjamin Berman, organ & harpsichord, and artistic director Lewis R. Baratz, recorder & harpsichord. Music of Heinrich Schütz, Philipp Heinrich Erlebach, Johann Philipp Krieger, Johann Pachelbel, and Bach family members Johann Michael, Johann Christoph, and the incomparable Johann Sebastian.

Sunday, October 29th, 3:00 PM 
Trinity Episcopal Church
6587 Upper York Road, Solebury, PA

$25 general audience, $10 students, 12 & under, free
Cash/check at the door at click here to purchase tickets online.

*La Fiocco is a member of the Guild for Early Music.
 
March 17 2018
Mar-17-2018
Join La Fiocco* for a performance of music of the Italian high and late baroque, featuring guest artist Sarah Davol, baroque oboe, with Claire Smith Bermingham & Jeremy Rhizor, baroque violins, Dan McCarthy, baroque violin & viola, Anneke Schaul-Yoder, baroque cello, Benjamin T. Berman, harpsichord, & artistic director Lewis R. Baratz, recorder & harpsichord.  

Featuring the Oboe Concerto in D minor of Tomaso Albinoni (Op. 9 No. 2), the Concerto in C Major (RV 87) for Recorder, Oboe, and Continuo of Antonio Vivaldi, and the Sonata for Oboe, Strings, and Continuo in G minor of Petrus Brehy, a northern composer inspired by the music of Italy.  

Saturday, March 17th, 7:30 PM 
All Saints Episcopal Church 
16 All Saints Road 
(off of Terhune Rd. / Van Dyke Rd.) 
Princeton, NJ 08540

$25 general audience, $10 students, free for 12 & under.
Cash/check at the door or click here to purchase tickets online. 

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


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