MUNDI PROJECT PRESENTS: GREAT BASIN BAROQUE DIVINE │ DIABOLICAL Gambists Marin Marais and Antoine Forqueray were both household musicians of Louis XIV. The playing of each were reported a generation later by the eccentric commentator Hubert Le Blanc as, respectively, like an angel and like a devil. In Marais, he wrote, we find the perfection... Continue Reading →

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“The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.”

Historically informed performance of the highly diverse European music from roughly 1585 to 1770 brings new sounds and vitality to any city’s music scene. Through the use of instruments built according to historically researched designs, using historical materials and techniques, and employing historical playing techniques and aesthetics, musicians bring this repertoire to bloom in fresh... Continue Reading →

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Black folk don’t listen to classical music?

Who's the cellist? He's really good! Black musicians matter! I would have liked to have heard and watched his entire performance for this interview along with his comments, front and centre! Instead, he was relegated to credits music and faded out, as predicted by the attitudes of several other commentators—pretty normal American attitudes toward this... Continue Reading →

The end of an era: Zuckermann passes on

The man who brought the historical harpsichord to life for so many North American musicians has passed away at the age of 96. A holocaust survivor and Allied veteran, Wolfgang Zuckermann created the most successful Do-it-yourself harpsichord building kit, from which the company he founded in the 1950's developed a whole range of historically modelled... Continue Reading →

A recent documentary performance for KUER, with Dr. Kirsten Chavez, University of Utah School of Music. University of Utah playwright Tim Slover explains the intrigues and dramas behind the premiere performance of this aria. Recorded in Thompson Chamber Music Hall, University of Utah School of Music, Dec. 12, 2017.

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