Gravitación

  • Type of music played: Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque
  • Type of Ensemble: Choral/vocal ensemble
  • Number of players in group: 3-4
  • Fee range of programs: $3,000-$4,999
State/Province where ensemble is based: 
IL
Name of performers in the ensemble and the instruments they play: 
Sherezade Panthaki, soprano; Jay Carter, countertenor; Daniel Carberg, tenor; Matthew Leese, baritone and administrator. Michel Angers, Guest Artist for 2010-2012 touring seasons.
Paragraph about the ensemble: 
Gravitación is the Midwest’s most exciting new ensemble for early music. Formed through a mutual respect for medieval, renaissance and baroque repertoire, the members of Gravitación embrace the understanding that early music has many possibilities for vocal color, poetic expression, and connection with audiences. While historically informed, Gravitación is committed to achieving meaningful music experiences for the modern time, combining scholarship, passion, and humor. The name Gravitación (gravitational force) represents our international backgrounds, (Sherezade Panthaki from India, Daniel Carberg and Jay Carter from the USA and Matthew Leese from New Zealand), and describes the way in which music has ‘pulled’ us together with the same passion for early music. Depending on the program, the quartet is augmented by guest artists. Gravitación has recently released their second album with First Step Records, a CD of virtuoso Italian madrigals called 'Le Stagioni' for five voices and theorbo.
Booking Contact Information
Booking Contact Person: 
Matthew Leese
Booking Contact Address: 
509 West William Street
Booking Contact City: 
Champaign
Booking Contact State/Province: 
IL
Booking Contact Zip/Postal Code: 
61820
Booking Contact Country: 
United States
Booking Contact Phone Number: 
2173904480
Booking Contact Email: 
mleese@millikin.edu
Educational/Outreach add-ons available: 
Solo Vocal Technique Masterclass for High School or College Students Ensemble Technique Masterclass for High School, College or Adult Choirs
Titles of touring programs for 2012-13: 
Elements - a musical tour through the middle ages and renaissance, 4 voices Le Stagioni (The Seasons) - virtuoso Italian madrigals for 5 voices and theorbo Queene and Huntresse! - English and French renaissance songs about the game of courtship, 3 voices and lute
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Audio files: 
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11 O admirabile commercium.mp3
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01 Ride la primavera (Schutz).mp3
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13 Zefiro torna (Monteverdi).mp3
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Ensemble's touring schedule for the past three years: 
Discography of the ensemble: 
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