MBB: Bleecker Consort (Medieval & Renaissance Music)

Bleecker Consort







Bleecker Consort is an ensemble specializing in Early Music performance, specifically music of the European Medieval and Renaissance periods.  The program to be presented will consist of a variety of musical styles, both sacred and secular, surveying European music from the 13th through 16th centuries.  A range of instruments, including recorders, harp, dulcian, hurdy-gurdy, lute, sackbut, drums, voices, etc., will be used to create an imaginative soundscape as the Consort interprets the music from the various periods and countries chosen for this presentation. Perfect for all ages!

The Bleecker Consort Musicians:

     Ann Githler pursued piano studies and eighteenth century harmony until she moved to Albany in 1980 where she was exposed to early music.  After studying various instruments with professional musicians specializing in medieval and renaissance repertoire, she traveled with Ars & Amici, an early music group from Boston led by Sheila Beardslee, to venues in Europe. Instruments include early winds (recorders, shawm and krummhorns) strings (viola da gamba, hurdy gurdy, harpsichord and harp).  Ann is a founding member of the Bleecker Consort and has played for the group since, since its inception in 1988.  She retired as a Physician Assistant from the VA Hospital to take up additional instruments - accordion and banjo! -  at Old Songs.
    Jack Ishman minored in music at Ithaca College where he took private lessons in voice with Carol McAmis, tuba with David Undland, as well as playing trombone in the IC Jazz ensemble and guitar in the folk group of the college’s chapel. He is an extremely versatile musician, playing early winds (recorder, baroque flute, fife, crummhorn, sackbutt), early strings (lute, laúd, bandurria, mandola, viola da gamba), as well as some of their modern counterparts. Locally Jack has been involved with the University Chorale at SUNY, the Henrick Hudson Singers, the Capital Pride Singers, the Averill Park orchestra, and the Capital Area Flute Club, as well as several other small groups. He also held several posts in the local ARS chapter including President as well as attended many workshops on Early Music in Western Connecticut University and Amherst Early Music Festival. Currently he is also in the Capital District Mandolin Trio where he plays mandolin, mandola and mandocello. In addition to playing in the Bleecker consort, Jack has arranged a lot of pieces for the group, as well as coached Medieval and Renaissance pronunciation in the many foreign languages in which the vocalists sing. Jack holds advanced degrees in Spanish language and culture, and specializes in the Renaissance and Baroque pastoral literature.
    Allen Lescak studied the piano at an early age, and continued with brass instruments from  elementary school through college.  While in college, he performed with a local dance band.  In the late 1970’s, he discovered the recorder and the wonderful “noyse” of the early music repertoire.  He plays a variety of instruments including the recorder, Renaissance flute and capped reeds.  Over the past 30 years, he performed with a number of early music ensembles and most recently with The Bleecker Consort.  He is a member of the American Recorder Society (ARS), and past President and Secretary of the local ARS chapter.  He has attended numerous workshops and was one of the chapter’s regular conductors.  Allen has advanced degrees in English and Library Science.  
    Michael Murphy has studied recorder with Laura Hagen of Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music and attended workshops with John Tyson, Eric Haas, Tina Chancey, and Richie and Elaine Henzler. In addition to recorders, capped reeds, and percussion, he is a bass/baritone and former vocal student of Anne Turner. Michael has performed as an instrumentalist or vocalist with the Bleecker Consort, Lycaeides, Albany Pro Musica, Schenectady Light Opera, Capital Chamber Artists, Opera Excelsior, and Lake George Opera. Michael is a Distinguished Teaching Professor from the State University of New York and a Fulbright Senior Scholar in the fields of biotechnology and ethics in science.
    Janie Schwab is an accomplished dulcian, bassoon, and recorder player who holds a B.A. from Wellesley College.  While in college, she studied with Eva Linfield. In addition to the Bleecker Consort, she has played with Tufts Early Music and Ars et Amici. Janie is a long-time member of the American Recorder Society and is an astronomer and the Director of the Dudley Observatory.
    Deborah Segel is a founding member of the Bleecker Consort, and has been active as a recorder player and musician for over 25 years. She has been involved in the ensemble's music arrangements and in educational presentations of medieval and Renaissance music in several local schools.  She has performed with the Bleecker Consort in a variety of area venues over the past 20 years, including the Saratoga Dance Flurry, the Troy Music Hall's noon music series, and in St. Paul's "Music at Noon" series. She also regularly directs meetings of  the local chapter of the American Recorder Society. She has studied Renaissance musical instruments and performance practice at numerous workshops, traveled and performed in Italy with Ars et Amici (a Boston based ensemble) and has many years of experience as a choral singer. In addition to playing a variety of recorders, she also sings, plays the vielle, doumbek and various frame drums. Her main day job is operating Segel Violins in Troy, where she repairs and sells violins, violas, cellos and their bows.

Event date: 
Saturday, September 7, 2013 - 11:00am to 1:30pm
Event address: 
290 River Street
12180 Troy
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