CLASSICAL SUNDAYS AT SIX
Ciaramella Early Music Ensemble
Sunday, November 7, 2021 | 6:00 PM
Founded on a core of winds—shawm, sackbut, recorder, organ, and voice—Ciaramella takes its name from the Italian shawm and from a fifteenth-century song about a beautiful girl whose clothes are full of holes. When she opens her mouth, she knocks men flat.
Directed by Adam and Rotem Gilbert, from the Early Music Program at USC Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles, the ensemble performs at major festivals throughout the United States, Italy, and Germany. Performances have included the Cleveland Museum of Art, Bloomington Early Music Festival, Oberlin’s Baroque Performance Institute, the Lute Society of America, the American Musicological Society in Seattle, and on early music series in Cleveland, San Francisco, San Diego, Houston, Arizona, Early Music in Columbus, Salt Lake City, Seattle’s Early Music Guild, the Connecticut Early Music Festival, Amherst Early Music Festival, Renaissance and Baroque Society of Pittsburgh and the Early Music Society of the Islands in Victoria, BC. In 2007 they gave their New York debut at Music Before 1800 and performed at the Tage Alter Musik Festival in Regensburg. Recently the group has performed for Early Music Hawaii, and has created a program for Mission San Antonio and Mission Santa Barbara, CA. Ciaramella has designed programs for the Da Camera Society music series “Chamber Music in Historic Sites” in Los Angeles, and for the Getty Museum in Los Angeles in coordination with specific exhibits.
Ciaramella released its debut CD Sacred and Secular Music from Renaissance Germany for Naxos (2006) and Treasures of Burgundy for Yarlung Records (2009). Their recent CD Dances on Movable Ground has earned five stars in 2014 on the British magazine Early Music Today, and was picked as Editor’s Choice. In their review, leading British early music performer and scholar Jeremy Barlow lauded its “expressive fluidity and rhythmic vitality.” Toccata listed Ciaramella’s recent CD Album of the Month “…when these extremely talented musicians begin to play, their liveliness and freshness is almost palpable. This is not just dance music; at its best, this is living music, current, non-academic, and certainly not old. Dance music was there from the beginning. And when it is played like this, the sounds of 300 years ago sound as if they were made only yesterday”–Robert Strobl, Toccata-Alte Musik aktuell. In 2014 Ciaramella performed a concert of seventeenth-century music in the Dutch exhibit at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, connecting music to paintings of Breughel, Vermeer and Rembrandt. The group has also performed at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, LACMA as well as at the Berkeley and Houston Early Music Festivals.
Ciaramella is proudly based in Los Angeles.