June and August meetings are directed by chapter members here at SFRS. Any member is welcome to try their hand at it, we would love to have you bring your favorite selections to conduct. Contact Greta to volunteer!
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Our March 18 meeting has been cancelled due to public health concerns (see our News & Events page). Below is the information about Shira Kammen, our planned conductor for March. Please enjoy reading about her and looking forward to the next time Shira will be on our roster. She is always a delight and brings the most wonderful music for us to play together.
Marvelous mistress of medieval of music Shira Kammen will lead the SFRS chapter in March
The ebulient Shira Kammen returns to bring us the joy of music of the middle ages and the Renaissance, often sprinkled with folk traditions from around the world. Shira's lyrical interpretation of this glorious repertoire is easily translated to the vocal aspect of recorder playing. This is completely understandable when one learns how like a human voice the vielle can be.Melanie Spiller, a freelance writer who specializes in medieval musicians, writes, "From the nature of music composed for the vielle, its apparent that during the middle ages, the motet was a strong influence, and it’s possible that a vielle was used to substitute for a singing voice."
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Multi-instrumentalist and occasional vocalistSHIRA KAMMEN has spent well over half her life exploring the worlds of early and traditional music. A member for many years of the early music Ensembles Alcatraz and Project Ars Nova, and Medieval Strings, she has also worked with Sequentia, Hesperion XX, the Boston Camerata, the Balkan group Kitka, the King’s Noyse, the Newberry and Folger Consorts, the Oregon, California and San Francisco Shakespeare Festivals, and is the founder of Class V Music, an ensemble dedicated to providing music on river rafting trips. She has performed and taught in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Israel, Morocco, Latvia, Russia and Japan, and on the Colorado, Rogue, Green, Grande Ronde, East Carson and Klamath Rivers.
Shira happily collaborated with singer/storyteller John Fleagle for fifteen years, and performs now with several groups: a medieval ensemble, Fortune’s Wheel: a new music group, Ephemeros; an eclectic ethnic band, Panacea; an English Country Dance band, Roguery,the early music ensembles Cançoniér and In Bocca al Lupo, as well as frequent collaborations with performers such as storyteller/harpist Patrick Ball, medieval music experts Margriet Tindemans and Anne Azema, and in many theatrical and dance productions. She has worked with students in many different settings, among them teaching summer music workshops in the woods, coaching students of early music at Yale University, Case Western, the University of Oregon at Eugene, and working at specialized seminars at the Fondazione Cini in Venice, Italy and the Scuola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland.
She has played on several television and movie soundtracks, including ‘O’, a modern high school-setting of Othello and ‘’The Nativity Story’, and has accompanied many diverse artists in recording projects, among them singers Azam Ali and Joanna Newsom. Some of her original music can be heard in an independent film about fans of the work of JRR Tolkien. The strangest place Shira has played is in the elephant pit of the Jerusalem Zoo. She has recently taken courses in Taiko drumming and voiceover acting.