The Bleecker Consort is an early music consort formed in 1988 and located in Albany, NY. It specializes in medieval and renaissance music. The consort members come from a variety of professional backgrounds (medicine, music, university teaching, library sciences, astronomy, biology, Spanish, etc.) and play a diverse set of instruments, including early strings (e.g. vielle, viol, bandurria, mandola, mandolin, lute, laud, harp, hurdy-gurdy), recorders, reeds (cornamusen, kelhorn, dulcian, crumhorn, rauschpfife), and a variety of percussion. In addition, we add period vocals to much of our music.
The six members of The Bleecker Consort have studied with masters in the field of early music, including John Tyson, Tina Chancey, Laura Hagen, Eric Von Heune, Susan Iodone, Dan Stillman and Sheila Beardslee, to name a few. Individual members have performed vocally and/or instrumentally with Albany Pro Musica, Ars et Amici, Schenectady Light Opera, Opera Excelsior, Lake George Opera, Capital Chamber Artists, the University Chorale at SUNY Albany, the Saratoga Mandolin Ensemble, Averill Park Orchestra, and the Troy Civic Theater. Our linguist holds a doctorate in Spanish and has expertise in early Romance languages. Members of the consort also belong to the American Recorder Society, Early Music America, and the Classical Mandolin Society of America.
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