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Name of performers in the ensemble and the instruments they play:
Josh Lee, viola da gamba; John Lenti, lutes and guitar; David Walker, lutes and guitar
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Founded in 2005 by San Francisco viol virtuoso Josh Lee, Ostraka has been described as "an utter intellectual and aural delight." Joined by lutenists John Lenti and David Walker, the trio explores oft-ignored music of the renaissance and baroque, bringing a dynamic intimacy to each performance. Recent engagements have brought Ostraka to audiences throughout the US, with performances in Louisville, San Francisco, Tucson and Boston. Resident ensemble at Bellarmine University, Ostraka will be launching a three city concert series in 2013 with performances in Seattle, Louisville and San Francisco.
Educational/Outreach add-ons available:
Ostraka has been presenting educational programs to audiences of all ages since its founding in 2005. Whether presenting a lecture-demonstration prior to a concert, demonstrating basic musical concepts to primary school students, or explaining the tenets of historical performance practice to college music majors we can gladly tailor a presentation suitable for most any occasion.
Titles of touring programs for 2012-13:
Division: The Art of Improvisation and Diminution Leaving Parnassus: The Legacy of the French Viol in the 18th Century Les Plaisirs: The Music of Marin Marais
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