Personal Summary / Bio
Annette Bauer, a native of Germany, holds a diploma in medieval and renaissance performance practice from the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, Switzerland, specializing on recorder techniques with Conrad Steinmann (2001). Supported by a scholarship from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), she pursued an MA in music from UC Santa Cruz (2004), in conjunction with her sarode studies at the Ali Akbar College of Music in California with her teacher Maestro Ali Akbar Khan since 1998.
Annette co-directs the medieval ensemble Cançonièr, performs with Baroque group Les grâces and Farallon Recorder Quartet, and has appeared with early music groups throughout the US (including Santa Cruz Baroque Festival, Carmel Bach Festival, California Bach Society, Catacoustic Consort, Chamber Music San Francisco, Magnificat, Piffaro, and Texas Early Music Project.) In 2010, she released several new albums, "The Black Dragon - Music from the Time of Vlad Dracula" with Cançonièr (supported by a San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music grant), "From Albion's Shores" with Farallon Recorder Quartet, and "The Lost Mode" with The Lost Mode project (with Shira Kammen, Peter Maund, and Derek Wright). Her recordings are available on Magnatune and CD Baby.
She has served on the recorder faculty for several of the San Francisco Early Music Society summer workshops, the Texas Toot, and the Amherst Early Music Festival, among others. Certified in Orff Schulwerk, she teaches recorder pedagogy to music teachers at the San Francisco Orff Course. In 2009, Annette was selected for the recorder residency at Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in Oregon.
Annette’s musical passions include original notation sources in early music, improvisation in modal music traditions, and playing music in beautiful acoustics. She is the co-founder of Magic Carpet, a duo dedicated to the art of improvisation. Annette also plays Brazilian percussion with Maracatu Luta, and has studied Maracatu and other rhythms with groups in Recife, Brazil, and at the California Brazil Camp. She is currently also studying the duduk, an Armenian double reed instrument, and is active in the San Francisco Artmonk Chapter, exploring connections between silent contemplation practices and creativity.