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Name of performers in the ensemble and the instruments they play:
Adam Gilbert, shawm, recorder, bagpipes; Rotem Gilbert, shawm, recorder, bagpipes; Doug Milliken, shawm, recorder, bagpipes; Debra Nagy, shawm, recorder; Greg Ingles, slide trumpet, sackbut; Erik Schmalz, slide trumpet, sackbut; Singers are available for specific programs as well as guitar, keyboard and percussion
Paragraph about the ensemble:
Praised for performing intricate fifteenth-century counterpoint "with the ease of jazz musicians improvising on a theme," Ciaramella brings to life medieval and early Renaissance music from historical events and manuscripts. The ensemble blends a variety of wind instruments—shawm, sackbut, recorder, and bagpipes—with voice and organ, united by the conviction that every composition conceals a rich story waiting to be unlocked through historical research and speculative performance. Ciaramella takes its name from the Italian shawm and from a 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 in Los Angeles, the ensemble performs at major festivals throughout the United States, Italy, and Germany. Ciaramella released its debut CD Sacred and Secular Music from Renaissance Germany for Naxos (2006) and Treasures of Burgundy for Yarlung Records (2009).
Educational/Outreach add-ons available:
Educational and outreach programs are available with any program. Ciaramella has performed family shows and school concerts for the Early Music Guild of Seattle, Cleveland's Chapel Court & Countryside, the Da Camera Society in Los Angeles, to name a few.
Titles of touring programs for 2012-13:
The German Orpheus and his Student: Heinrich Isaac and Ludwig Senfl (15th c. program); Civic Music from the Venetian Republic (Early 17th c. program); A Piper's Noël (Christmas program); Prisoners of War and Love: Music from the Tower (Medieval program); Spanish Renaissance program;
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