Alkemie presents “Singing Truth to Power – Medieval Protest Music”

Alkemie Early Music Ensemble presents

Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. at the Church of St. Luke in the Fields in the West Village (487 Hudson St, NYC 10014)

“Singing Truth to Power” is a new program of medieval and traditional protest music. Rousing, wry, and sublime – these tunes call on us all to continue the centuries-old tradition of resistance to the forces of corruption and oppression. With works from the Carmina Burana and the Roman de Fauvel, as well as the region of Brittany.

With Tracy Cowart (voice, harps, percussion), Ben Matus (voice, medieval bagpipes), David McCormick (vielle), Niccolo Seligmann (vielles, psaltery, gittern), and Sian Ricketts (voice, recorders, douçaines).

TICKETS are available in advance online and at the door for $30. General Admission tickets start at $30; Student & Economic need tickets are $15. In-person tickets may be exchanged at any time for the online Concert Broadcast.
$5 Discount for EMA Members: Use code EMAmember at checkout.

We want to ensure that all may share this experience, regardless of personal circumstances. If you are in need of an uplifting experience and ticket price is a barrier, please contact us.
Audience members are requested to be vaccinated and remain masked throughout the performance. Alkemie performers are fully vaccinated and tested in advance of the performance.
CONTACT: [email protected]; (929) 445-8613 for questions and group ticket inquiries.

Alkemie explores and shares the life-affirming and alternative perspectives to be experienced in the sounds of centuries past. Comprised of singer-performers playing over a dozen instruments (including vielles, harps, psaltery, gittern, 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 performance on the Indianapolis Early Music Festival in June 2018 was lauded as “enchanting” and “indicating [the] future health of the field of early music.”

Founded in 2013, Alkemie is based in Brooklyn and also performs nationally; since 2018 they have maintained a partnership with the Medieval Studies program at Fordham University. In addition to growing a series in NYC, Alkemie has appeared at the Amherst Early Music Festival (New London, CT), Arizona Early Music Society, the Cambridge Society for Early Music (Cambridge, MA), the Capitol Early Music Series (Washington, DC), Five Boroughs Music Series (NYC) Gotham Early Music Scene (NYC), and Music Before 1800 series (NYC).

This concert is supported by the Fordham Center for Medieval Studies and New York State Council on the Arts.

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