“This unusual program is new, innovative, and exploratory…with aspects of improvisation and creativity that is sometimes missing from stage.“ – Laura SanBoeuf, Renaissance & Baroque Society Pittsburgh
Based on the ensemble’s acclaimed 4th CD dubbed “successful, risk-taking music” (TheWholeNote.com), Songs without Words takes the adaptation of 17th Century airs for instruments as its point of departure and brings the concept into the 20th Century with torch songs and jazz standards arranged and improvised by the ensemble. Music by baroque composers Lambert, Lully, and Marais is heard alongside tunes by Nina Simone, Edith Piaf, Billy Strayhorn, and others in this program of timeless melodies and inspired improvisations for oboe, viola da gamba, and harpsichord.
Debra Nagy, baroque oboe
Mélisande Corriveau, viola da gamba and pardessus de viole
Eric Milnes, harpsichord