Back at it with Viva Voce this month and next, first performing the program I was involved in last November in Venice. This involves myself, Ellen Wieser, Edmund Milly, and Meagan Zantingh all under the direction of Peter Schubert. This is a quasi-improvised program, where we explore, through improvisation and performed repertoire, some of the improvisation / pedagogical techniques used in the Renaissance. Very interesting and fulfilling to learn about these techniques by performing them - it leads to a better understanding than just learning about them through reading. I believe strongly in the idea of tying in music research to the actual practices of composing and performing, as well as listening. The more we tie our scholarly activity to the actual musical experience, the better.
The Venice performance was held on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, hosted by the Fondazione Cini. What a beautiful setting to perform 15th and 16th century repertoire.
Needless to say, I took advantage of being in Italy to see some other things too...
In June, I'll be taking part in Viva Voce's final concert of 2013 / 2014, where we'll be performing works by Schoenberg, Brahms, Verdi, Bax, Stravinsky, and others.