Since meeting as conservatory students in 2003, for the past 20 years Seven Times Salt has been delighted to bring the music of the 16th and 17th centuries to our audiences, with a special focus on the English Consort repertory. Praised for creative programming and an “impeccably balanced sound” (American Recorder Society), Seven Times Salt has performed at venues throughout New England including Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Plimoth Patuxet, Boston Public Library, New England Folk Festival, WGBH radio, and many others. They have researched and presented original programs for music festivals, college residencies, theatrical productions, historical societies, and our own self-produced concert series. They delight in blurring the lines between “art music” and folk tunes, and feel at ease performing in the concert hall, the dance hall, or the beer hall!
“Music that constantly fizzes with unexpected textures and turns.”
Karen Burciaga enjoys bridging the worlds of classical and folk music. She holds a BM from Vanderbilt University and an MM in Early Music Performance from the Longy School of Music, where she studied Baroque violin with Dana Maiben, viol with Jane Hershey, and historical dance with Ken Pierce. She has performed with The King’s Noyse, The Folger Consort, Midwinter Revels, Arcadia Players, Meravelha, Austin Baroque Orchestra, La Follia, and period ensembles in New England and Texas. Karen is a founding member of the viol consort Long & Away, and has been on the faculty of the Texas TOOT, workshops by Viola da Gamba Society – New England, and Early Music Week at Pinewoods. A lifelong love of Irish music led Karen into the world of fiddling and folk dance during college, when she discovered Scottish, Irish, English, and contra styles. She is now the fiddler for Celtic band Ulster Landing and for seven years fiddled with Newpoli, an award-winning group specializing in southern Italian folk music. Karen has occasionally been spotted trying to play the harp, ukulele, and nyckelharpa. Find out more at karenburciaga.com
A versatile multi-instrumentalist, Dan Meyers is a flexible and engaging performer of both classical and folk music; his credits range from premieres of contemporary chamber music, to headlining a concert series in honor of Pete Seeger at the Newport Folk Festival, to playing Renaissance instruments on Broadway for Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Company. In recent seasons he has performed with the The Folger Consort, The Newberry Consort, Hesperus, Dünya, The Henry Purcell Society of Boston, Early Music New York, Amherst Early Music, The 21st Century Consort, In Stile Moderno, and the Cambridge Revels, making concert and theatrical appearances in NYC, Washington DC, Chicago, Minneapolis, Memphis, Santa Fe, at the Yellow Barn Festival in Vermont, and at at the “La Luna e i Calanchi” festival in Basilicata (Italy). He enjoys playing traditional Irish music with the bands Ulster Landing and Ishna, as well as eclectic fusion from around the Mediterranean with the US/Italy-based group Zafarán; he also played winds and percussion for over a decade with the award-winning Italian folk music group Newpoli. As an educator, he taught historical wind instruments from 2016 – 2023 for the Five Colleges Early Music Program in Massachusetts. He has also taught at Tufts University, for the Pinewoods Early Music Week, and at festivals around the Northeast. danmeyersmusic.com
Josh Schreiber studied ‘cello at Bennington College with Maxine Newman, graduating with a BA. While there, he became acquainted with the viola da gamba. Chronic hand pain necessitated a hiatus in his playing activities, until he discovered the Feldenkrais Method®. Now a Guild-Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, Josh has a private practice with an emphasis on functional movement for musicians. Having completed an MM in Early Music Performance at Longy, in 2009, Josh now serves on the faculty as Feldenkrais teacher. A founding member of viol consort Long & Away, Josh has also performed with Meravelha, Cappella Clausura, and Musica Nuova, and was on the faculty of World Fellowship Early Music Week. Josh has been active in the Jewish community as a service leader and educator for many years, and has just received rabbinic ordination from Hebrew College in Newton, MA.
Matthew Patrick Wright began his musical career playing bass guitar in an original rock band in his home state of Maryland. As he evolved, he studied classical guitar with the late, great Ray Chester at The Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. In search of new adventures, Matthew moved to Massachusetts in 2000 and began his love affair with the lute. Under the tutelage of Douglas Freundlich at The Longy School of Music, he devoted himself to the lute and founded Seven Times Salt. As the planet continues to revolve, Matthew maintains an active career in a variety of musical styles and roles including playing continuo on archlute, teaching guitar at Brimmer & May and Belmont Hill schools, introducing young students to the piano at Mary E. Burbank School in Belmont, and singing as the tenor section leader at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Beverly Farms.
Highly regarded for her artistry and versatility, Barbara Allen Hill specializes in performing and recording the music of the Middle Ages through the present day. Recent solo performances include Mozart’s Coronation Mass (soprano), Mozart’s Requiem (mezzo-soprano), Richard Clark’s Te Deum (soprano), and Britten’s The Company of Heaven, as well as concert appearances with Seven Times Salt, Hesperus, The Henry Purcell Society of Boston, and the Cambridge Christmas Revels. As an ensemble member, she has appeared with Emmanuel Music, Ensemble Altera, and The Crossing. Highlighted contemporary premiers and recordings include Gavin Bryars: The Fifth Century (2018 GRAMMY Award for Best Choral Performance), Julia Wolfe’s Fire in my mouth with the NY Philharmonic and The Crossing in January 2019 (premiere), and in July 2022 she made her Carnegie Hall debut as the mezzo-soprano soloist in Heidi Breyer’s Amor Aeternus: A Requiem for the Common Man. Barbara is a member of Beyond Artists and donates a portion of her artistic earnings to organizations such as 350.org. Learn more at barbaraahill.com.
$23 for Club Passim Members
February 21, 2024 7:00 pm ET
Doors open at 6 PM
Concert begins at 7 PM
47 Palmer Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
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