BENNINGTON -- Bennington College will host a free and open to the public concert by the Boston-based group Renaissonics -- including Bennington’s own Daniel Rowe, on cello, in a rare visit home -- titled "Such Stuff As Dreams," on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 8 p.m., at the Deane Carriage Barn on the Bennington College campus, as part of the college’s Carriage Barn Series.
Renaissonics is a chamber music and dance band that, according to supplied material, plays "polyphonic and dance music from the Renaissance and early Baroque periods in robust and stylish performances that allow audiences to experience the elegance and excitement of early music as it was intended to be heard."
Members, in addition to Rowe, include John Tyson, director, and on recorders, crumhorn, pipe and tabor; Miyuki Tsurutani on virginal, recorders and crumhorn; Laura Gulley on violin; James Johnston on violin; and Douglas Freundlich on lutes; along with dancers Maris Wolff, Mark Mindek, and Chiara Durazzini.
Simultaneously historical and contemporary in its approach, the group plays the way musicians of the Renaissance era did -- vigorously and improvisationally -- with virtuoso solos, chamber music, dance music, and dazzling improvisations that combine in a program that joyously bridges the gap between the artistic and pop.
Renaissonics is a unique blend of internationally recognized soloists, dance musicians, and improvisers hailed as "a brilliant ensemble" by the Early Music Review of London and as "musicians of great talent" by L’Independant newspaper of France.
Renaissonics’ newest CD, "Carols for Dancing," was produced in collaboration with Boston’s WGBH public radio, and the group also is the featured ensemble in WGBH’s nationally syndicated "Sound and Spirit" program "Carols for Dancing." In addition to touring and recording, Renaissonics produces a local concert series and a Renaissance social dance series in the Boston area. They may be also heard on Ken Burns’s PBS documentary "The West."
Renaissonics is the resident ensemble for the Historical Dance Foundation’s annual International Early Dance Institute and for the Killington Vermont Shakespeare Festival. They have appeared at the Festival Cenomanies in Le Mans, France, and Musique en Catalogne Romaine, Perpignan, France, and were a featured ensemble for the Christmas Revels, and for Early Music America’s Star Spangled Season.
Other appearances have included the Boston Early Music Festival, the Cambridge Society for Early Music’s International Candlelight Concerts, the Castle Hill Pop Music Series, the Indianapolis Early Music Festival, the New England Conservatory of Music’s Improvisation Festival, Plimouth Plantation, and Boston’s First Night Celebration. Major collaborations have included performances with Hollywood star Michael York, Bolivian Music Ensemble Sumaj Chasquis, renowned jazz drummer Bob Moses, and Latin Music stars Sol Y Canto.
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