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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January 23 2017
Jan-23-2017
Recorder players of all levels are invited to the Highland Park Recorder Society's first monthly Recorder Playing Session of 2017, on Monday, January 23, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM in the Parlor room of the Reformed Church of Highland Park, NJ, 19 South Second Avenue in Highland Park.  There is free parking in back of the church which may be accessed via Magnolia Street. ADA handicapped accessible.  Other sessions this seasons open to all recorder players will be held on the following Mondays:  Feb 6 (Maestro Robert Butts), March 6 (Lewis R. Baratz), Apr 3 (TBD), May 1 (John Burkhalter), and June 5 (TBD).

This month's guest conductor is Deborah Booth, noted and esteemed recorder player and performer on modern and historical flutes.  Learn more about Deborah Booth at flute-recorder-deborahbooth.com.

For more information, on the Highland Park Recorder Society, contact Donna Messer at:  recorderdonna <At sign> gmail <dot> com or click to email.

**Highland Park Recorder Society is a member of the Guild for Early Music.
 
February 05 2017
Feb-05-2017
Sunday, February 5, 2017 at 4PM, The Princeton Abbey presents Les Agréments de musique,** Minju Lee, harpsichord and John Burkhalter, reorder, in a performance of French Baroque music composed by Marais, Lully, Dieupart, and Louis & François Couperin. 

Suggested Donation: $15. 
Princeton Abbey 
75 Mapleton Road 
Princeton, NJ 08540 

For directions and additional information please call 609.285.7931 or visit princetonabbey.org.

**Les Agréments de musique is a member of the Guild for Early Music.
 
February 06 2017
Feb-06-2017
Recorder players of all levels are invited to the Highland Park Recorder Society's Recorder Playing Session on Monday, February 6 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM in the Parlor room of the Reformed Church of Highland Park, NJ, 19 South Second Avenue in Highland Park. There is free parking in back of the church which may be accessed via Magnolia Street. ADA handicapped accessible.  Other sessions this seasons open to all recorder players will be held on March 6 (Lewis R. Baratz), Apr 3 (TBD), May 1 (John Burkhalter), and June 5 (TBD).

This month's guest conductor is Maestro Robert Butts, noted conductor and music director.  Learn more about Maestro Butts at http://baroqueorchestra.org/content/robert-w-butts-conductor-and-music-director-baroque-orchestra-new-jersey.

For more information, on the Highland Park Recorder Society, contact Donna Messer at:  recorderdonna <At sign> gmail <dot> com or click to email.

**Highland Park Recorder Society is a member of the Guild for Early Music.
 
February 11 2017
Feb-11-2017
Dryden Ensemble* presents Le Médicin & La Musique. Elegant suites and medical curiosities from the French Baroque, including Marais's musical depiction of a bladder stone operation, with readings by actor Paul Hecht. 

Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 7:30 PM.  Trinity Episcopal Church, 6587 Upper York Road, Solebury, PA. 

Tickets available online, by mail or at the door. General admission $25; students free with ID; 3-concert subscriptions $70. 
Phone: 609-466-8541 

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

**Denotes member of the Guild for Early Music

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