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In Nova Cantica a Celebration of Christmas[CD]
Eileen Hadidian (recorders, flutes) has appeared in concert throughout the western United States, and was the founder and artistic director of Hausmusik, an early music concert series in Albany, CA featuring local musicians in new and innovative programs. She is the recipient of the annual Citizen in the Arts Award, given by the City of Albany to honor a significant contribution to the arts. Her non-profit organization, Healing Muses, brings healing music to Bay Area hospitals, clinics and convalescent homes, and is the recipient of grants from the East Bay Community Foundation and The Institute of Noetic Sciences. Elisabeth Engan (soprano) has performed and recorded with the American Bach Soloists, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Theater of Voices directed by Paul Hillier, and Magnificat. She has been a soloist with the San Francisco Bach Festival, the Carmel Bach Festival and the Berkeley Early Music Festival. She holds a degree in music from Mills College, and has studied early vocal techniques with Julianne Baird. Shira Kammen (viiolin, vielle, harp, voice) studied vielle with Margriet Tindemans. A member for many years of Ensembles Alcatraz, Project Ars Nova, and Medieval Strings, she has also worked with Sequentia, Hesperion XX, the Boston Camerata, Anne Azema, Kitka and the King's Noyse, and is the founder of Class V Music, an ensemble performing on river rafting trips. She collaborated with singer/storyteller John Fleagle for fifteen years, and performs now with several new ensembles: Fortune's Wheel,Ephemeros, Panacea, and Trous Bras. David Tayler (lute, baroque guitar) is a member of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and director of the Bay Area Collegium Musicum and Ensemble Pandore. David has appeared with American Bach Soloists, Tafelmusik, the San Francisco Opera and Symphony, the Dallas Bach Society, the Oregon Bach Festival and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, among others, and has recorded over fifty discs. As a specialist of the art song of the early seventeenth century, he has performed in lute song recitals throughout Europe and the United States. Neal Rogers (tenor) has been a prominent figure in the San Francisco Bay Area for many years, having performed and recorded with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, Magnificat, Theater of Voices, California Bach Society, San Francisco Bach Choir and Pacific Mozart Ensemble. For ten years he was a member of Chanticleer, the male a-capella vocal ensemble, performing in concert throughout the United States and Europe. Kit Robberson (vielle, viola da gamba) specializes in early bowed string instruments. She has performed in Texas with the Clearlight Waites, the Texas Baroque Ensemble, and La Follia. In California she has appeared in concert with Heliotrope, Nova Albion, the San Francisco Consort, Sotto Voce, La Primavera, and Maria Mayhem. She has also performed on the viola da gamba in modern music venues with Salut Matelot, Rudy Challard and the Nonchalants, and Missy Robak.
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