ALKEMIE WITH ELLIOT COLE

Beautee & Bountee: An Arthurian Refraction

Medieval ensemble ALKEMIE joins forces with composer ELLIOT COLE to reanimate the ancient tales of King Arthur in their new program “Beautee & Bountee: An Arthurian Refraction.” In this new project – a co-commission between 5BMF and Alkemie – Cole combines old words and new music through settings of episodes from 14th-century Middle English texts that weave together spoken word, monophonic and poly-textual song, and instrumental commentary. Materials and methods inspired by the Worcester Fragments – one of the very few extant musical records of medieval England – punctuate the program. Flashes of transmuted melodies act as points of light that are variously refracted and recombined by Alkemie’s collection of period and modern instruments, including medieval fiddles and reeds, recorders, harps, harmonium, and electric bass.

Founded in 2013, ALKEMIE exists to explore and share the life-affirming and alternative perspectives to be experienced in the sounds of centuries past. Comprised of five singer-performers playing over a dozen instruments (including vieles, harps, recorders, douçaines, and percussion), the ensemble has a particular interest in the porous boundaries between the court and folk music of the medieval period. Grounded in historical performance practice and fed by a love of experimentation, Alkemie’s members are also committed to the lively teaching of medieval and Renaissance performance practice and history.

ARTISTS

TRACY COWART › voice, harp
DAVID MCCORMICK › viele
ELENA MULLINS › voice, percussion
NICCOLO SELIGMANN › viele, viola a chiavi, percussion
SIAN RICKETTS › voice, recorders, douçaines
With guest artists:
ELLIOT COLE › composer; voice, harmonium, electric bass
BEN MATUS › voice, dulcian

STATEN ISLAND

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2019
7:30 PM

The Noble Maritime Collection
1000 Richmond Terrace, Bldg D
Staten Island, NY 10301

$25 General Admission
$15 Seniors
$15 Students

BROOKLYN

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2019
4:00 PM

Areté Venue & Gallery
67 West St.
Brooklyn, NY 11222

$25 General Admission
$15 Seniors
$15 Students

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