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).

Zorzal Music Ensemble

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October 06 2015
Tune in to the Classical Network (WWFM) and WWFM.ORG to hear excerpts from the Guild for Early Music's 2014 Festival, today 2-4 PM (part 2 of 3 broadcasts).  The final broadcast is Friday, Oct 9 from 2-3 PM.
October 09 2015
Tune in to the Classical Network (WWFM) and WWFM.ORG to hear the final broadcast of excerpts from the Guild for Early Music's 2014 Festival, today from 2-3 PM.
October 18 2015
At the Grounds For Sculpture
11th Annual Guild for Early Music festival, in partnership with the Grounds For Sculpture and WWFM, The Classical Network.  With admission to the Grounds, enjoy an entire afternoon with more than a dozen groups performing music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Baroque eras.  From 12:30 to 5:00 PM.  For directions and information, visit groundsforsculpture.org
October 24 2015

La Fiocco** presents:  Shakespeare's London in Music & Song.  Join us for this extravaganza of rarely-performed music from the Age of Shakespeare.  Artistic Director Lewis R. Baratz has assembled an all-star cast of period instrument musicians who will be featured in the "Broken Consort" Lessons of Thomas Morley, a composer associated with Shakespeare and Elizabeth I.  Young artists Nicole Renna (Temple University) and Samuel Cox (Princeton University) will perform songs from the plays.  Rare instruments such as the cittern, bandora, and renaissance guitar will be featured as well.

Saturday, October 24, 7:30 PM at St. Paul's Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ.  $25 general admission, $10 students, children 12 & young free, when accompanied by an adult.  For more information visit lafiocco.org

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

**Denotes member of the Guild for Early Music

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