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Beneath a Tree & Monika Ruusmaa and Héctor Alfonso Torres: EMA’s 2021 Emerging Artists Showcase

May 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

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Presented as part of Early Music America’s 2021 Virtual Emerging Artist Showcase.

Part 1: Beneath a Tree – Baroque to Folk
Gail Hernández Rosa – Baroque Violin, Baroque Viola & Vocals
Daniel Turkos – Contrabass, Cittern/Irish Bouzouki, Vocals
Paul Holmes Morton – Baroque Guitar, Theorbo, Vocals

Program: My Cup of Tea
– Sonata no. 1 G major (2nd Version)
Domenico Gabrielli (1651 or 1659 – 1690)
Grave – Allegro – Largo – Prestissimo
– Diverse bizzarrie sopra la Vecchia Sarabanda o pur Ciaccona from Ayrs for the Violin.
The first Part (London c. 1679) Nicola Matteis (fl. c. 1670 – after 1713)
– Parting Glass (Traditional Scottish) arr. Dan Turkos

Part 2: Monika Ruusmaam, baroque harp, and Héctor Alfonso Torres, theorbo

Program: Fantasias y Bailes de España
– Alonso Mudarra (c1510-1580) – Fantasia X
– Gaspar Sanz (c1640-c1721) – Marionas
– Luis de Milán (c1500-c1561) – Toda mi vida os amé
– Santiago de Murcia (1673-1739) – Marizapolos

About the Artists:
Beneath A Tree – Baroque to Folk (BAT) is a multi genre ensemble based in San Francisco, CA, featuring the core duo of Gail Hernández Rosa and Daniel Turkos. Along with various collaborators, BAT performs eclectic programs on historical instruments, including baroque violin, viola, cello & contrabass, harpsichord, baroque guitar & theorbo, and a four course cittern/Irish bouzouki, whose bright and cheerful timbre provides a unique counterpoint to the gut-strung instruments.

In 2017, BAT began in Chester Country, PA with a residency at the Kennett Brewing Company. These Sunday afternoon performances included standard folk, celtic, and bluegrass repertoire combined with baroque and classical music. A curious and exciting fusion was born — those who came to listen to folk music loved the pairing with baroque; and those who came to listen to baroque loved
the folk! Thus began BAT’s mission of introducing baroque and folk repertoire to varied audiences, breaking the stigmas attached to both genres.


Monika Ruusmaa (baroque triple harp) & Héctor Alfonso Torres González (theorbo, baroque guitar and lutes) have been playing together as a duo and with other chamber groups since 2018. Together they explore and arrange different repertoire from the renaissance and baroque by adding the special sounds of their plucked instruments. Following the tradition of embellishment and improvisation, they create their own diminutions and ornaments and emerge a unique voice from the original compositions. In this program, which they have dubbed Fantasias y Bailes de España, they interplay these two genres from the late renaissance and baroque by using their own musical language.


May 22
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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