Praised for its “warm, full sound” by The New Yorker’s Alex Ross and hailed as a “new ensemble to watch for” (New York’s Gotham Early Music Scene), Sonnambula is a Renaissance ensemble that brings to light unknown music for various combinations of early instruments with the lush sound of the viol at the core. The group has performed on historic instruments at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, has been a featured ensemble at the Amherst Early Music Festival, and currently has an annual residence at The Hispanic Society of America in New York City. Sonnambula has performed at Alice Tully Hall, at Columbia University, and this season will appear for the first time at the Museum of Biblical Art in NYC and in other venues throughout the Northeast. Founded in 2011, the group was selected by Early Music America for inclusion on the EMA Touring Ensembles roster, and continues its mission of commissioning new work for viol consort. The name Sonnambula is a reference to the Fantasia, a contrapuntal free-composed form favored by Renaissance composers, and a pun on the Humanist notion that art gives life to metaphor.
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