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Canconier | Program Five, 43rd Indianapolis Early Music Festival
Basile Theater, Indiana History Center
Indianapolis, IN
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Canconier | Program Five, 43rd Indianapolis Early Music Festival
Canconier presents 15th-century music from the time of the infamous Vlad the Impaler, whose tyrannical rule of Wallachia (Southern Romania) shocked Europe. Featuring Michel Beheim's German poem about Vlad's deeds, Italian dances and German songs, music of the Byzantine court, Balkan folk songs, Turkish classical music, the Lamentation for the Fall of Constantinople by Guillaume Dufay, and other works.

Cançonièr is a Bay Area-based early music group devoted to medieval repertoire from the 12th to the 15th centuries, and some traditional music from related regions (Scandinavia, the Balkans, and the Middle East).

Created by multi-instrumentalist Tim Rayborn and recorder virtuoso Annette Bauer, the group appears both as a duo, and in an expanded form, featuring the talents of Bay Area favorite Shira Kammen on bowed strings, and the remarkable voice of Phoebe Jevtovic. Founded in the summer of 2008, the group has quickly gained the attention of the early music community, and received acclaim for its musicianship, unusual and exciting concert programs, and its debut CD. Utilizing voices and instruments, including a range of historical recorders, medieval harp, lute, citole, psaltery, percussion, symphonie, vielle, and others, Cançonièr brings to life the vibrant musical cultures of medieval Europe, through a combination of scholarly research, improvisational techniques, and impeccable musicianship.

Cançonièr is an Occitan word (medieval southern French), meaning "songbook." Its equivalent in northern France was the chansonnier. These books were medieval collections of songs, with both secular and sacred works being included. Thus, the group is a kind of modern "medieval songbook," bringing to life the medieval musical treasures of Europe in fresh ways that nevertheless respect their traditions and historical context. Cançonièr seeks to inform as well as entertain, and the group's concerts are spiced with fascinating historical anecdotes, and a healthy dash of humor!

The group has performed in the Bay Area, Davis, the Oregon coast, and Portland. In July 2009, Phoebe and Tim performed at the Giornate Medioevale in the medieval hill town of Poggio in Umbria, Italy.

Cançonièr is the Ensemble-in-Residence at Music Sources, Center for Historically Informed Performances, Inc. Based in Berkeley, CA, this organization is a non-profit resource institution, a facility, and an educational center. Its annual concert series features distinguished local and international artists.


Basile Theater, Indiana History Center
450 West Ohio Street
Indianapolis, IN
United States



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