was formed in 2001 when Lisa Esperson,
Tom Hanna and I became intrigued with the striking combination of winds,
plucked strings and percussion. A mutual affinity for medieval and
renaissance music brought us together as accompanists for the vocal ensemble
the Solstice Singers, and soon thereafter we started performing as a trio.
We began incorporating music from the Middle East into our concerts,
finding richness in the cross-cultural influences suggested by the
intricate rhythms and melodies. In 2007 Molly Johnston joined us, adding
the warm and resonant sound of viola da gamba to the mix.
We play this music because we love it, and while aiming for historical and
cultural authenticity, our focus is on contemporary vitality and freshness.
We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
(recorder, crumhorn, cornamuse, concertina) has performed
and taught music and dance for four decades. Studying recorder as a child with
Ruth Guillard and Patricia Brown in Falmouth, she developed a deep interest in
medieval, renaissance, baroque and world music. She earned a BA in music from
Wesleyan University and an MA in dance ethnology from UCLA, taught music
education at Boston University and studied ethnomusicology at the University
of London. She currently teaches music in her home studio and dance at the
Waldorf School of Cape Cod, and maintains an active interest in traditional
music and dance from the British Isles.
(riqq, darbuka, tambourine, tar, and other percussion)
got her start in early music by singing and playing recorder and percussion
with the group In Praise of Folly, which performed at the Boston Early Music
Festival in 1991. She teaches percussion to children and adults in the Falmouth,
MA community with an emphasis on traditional music and techniques, and is the
musical director of Universal Sound. Dr. Esperson is a Chiropractic Physician
and has been in private practice since 1982.
(lute, mandolin, guitar, bouzouki) has been playing classical
guitar for over 40 years and lute for about 20 years. He has maintained an
active interest in medieval and renaissance music since his college days,
though he was raised with heavy metal music and plays with several rock
bands. Dr. Hanna is an internist in Sandwich and has practiced medicine on
Cape Cod for over 30 years. He lives in Sandwich, MA with his wife and son.
(viola da gamba, vielle) holds degrees in Music History
from Wellesley College and Yale University, and has taught Music History at
Duke University, where she directed the Collegium Musicum. She also directed
the Utah Shakespearean Festival Consort and the renaissance and baroque music
group Quidam Musici of New Haven, CT. In addition to performing with Passacaglia,
she plays, sings and records with Canto Armonico of Boston.