The Boston Camerata
Anne Azéma, Artistic Director
Delving deep into the medieval music repertory, the esteemed Boston Camerata enlivens an important chapter of cultural history: the competing centers of France and Italy in the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance. Working in collaboration with MIT musicologist Michael Cuthbert, whose open-source software music21 allows scholars to find patterns and “fill in the gaps” among pieces of music from vast data sets, the Boston Camerata residency focused on the performance and rediscovery of works spanning the twelfth to fifteenth centuries. Embracing all the inherent ambiguities and possibilities of creative reinterpretation this significant musical period provides.
The Boston Camerata gave the first performances in over six hundred years of newly reconstructed works Portes du Ciel and Of All the Flowers: Song of the Middle Ages.
Boston Camerata’s visit to the Institute is part of MIT Sounding, an innovative annual performance series that blurs the boundaries between contemporary and world music. Curated by Evan Ziporyn, Faculty Director of the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology, the 2014-15 season of MIT Sounding’s diverse offerings range from live performances by new music pioneers Alvin Lucier and Terry Riley to early music denizens Boston Camerata and the Grammy Award-winning ensemble Roomful of Teeth.
Founded in 1954 by Narcissa Williamson at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, the Boston Camerata ensemble has toured extensively in the United States and abroad, including appearances at the Tanglewood Festival, Lincoln Center, the Cloisters, Smithsonian Institute, the National Cathedral, the Library of Congress and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Over thirty CDs and videos have been released and distributed internationally under The Boston Camerata’s name. Among the ensemble’s numerous awards is the Grand Prix du Disque. The Boston Camerata is frequently invited by institutions in the United States and abroad to participate in educational projects: masterclasses, lectures, residencies and colloquia.
More at the artist’s website: Boston Camerata.
Of All the Flowers: Song of the Middle Ages
Boston Classical Review: Boston Camerata provides enchanting new take on “The Play of Daniel”
Boston Globe: Camerata offers lyrical ‘Daniel’
Boston Globe: Boston Camerata at Old West Church
Boston Musical Intelligencer: Ingalls, Camerata and the American Folk Hymn
Boston Globe: Vivid French Christmas from Boston Camerata
Michael Cuthbert, Homer A. Burnell Career Development Professor and Associate Professor of Music