Concerts: Live and In-Person
Gypsy Reel have been playing their unique blend of original and traditional Celtic fused, high energy music for almost 40 years both locally in New England and internationally.
Their tours of the States, Canada and the UK have gained them rave reviews – ‘Ended the set in a frenzy’, ‘Gypsy Reel rocks stage at Charleston Spoleto Festival’ ‘Fine sparky playing – bags of originality’.
Featuring Graham Parker on fiddle, Claudine Langille on banjo, octave mandolin, guitar and vocals, Camille Parker on mandolin, bodhran and vocals, and Silas Hamilton on guitar, upright bass and vocals, they Rock and Reel and look forward to sharing their unique fusion of Celtic traditional and World rhythms.'
The Fire and the Ecstasy:
The Music of Hildegard of Bingen
with Ruth Cunningham and Melinda Gardiner
Saturday, December 4 at 7:30 pm
Saint Hildegard of Bingen lived in the 12th century and was a creative force. Also known as the Sibyl of the Rhine, she was, among many other things, a musician and composer. She bent the rules and traditions of the medieval church into new forms of musical expression. She is the first identifiable composer in the western world. Her sublime, life-affirming music has been rediscovered in the last several decades.
The Fire and the Ecstasy: The Music of Hildegard of Bingen will feature Ruth Cunningham and Melinda Gardiner, both harp and voice. This public concert is a part of the weekend workshop/retreat, Hildegard of Bingen: Magistra, Mystic, Musician, taking place this same weekend, December 3-4 at Hallelujah Farm Retreat in Chesterfield, New Hampshire.
Ruth Cunningham is a classically trained musician, a sound healing practitioner, and a founding member Anonymous 4. She combines these skills to improvise music that connects people to the healing and spiritual power of music. She specializes in improvisational sacred music from varied spiritual traditions in both liturgical and concert settings. Her solo program Light and Shadow encompasses a mixture of music including several traditional chants from Western and Eastern traditions as well as Ruth’s own compositions and improvisations. The texts include Medieval Latin Marian texts, Sanskrit texts, prayers, and poems by Ruth’s sister Elizabeth Cunningham. She accompanies herself on Medieval harp, Renaissance flute and recorder, piano and shruti box.
With Anonymous 4, she performed in concerts and festivals throughout the United States, Europe and the Far East and made twelve recordings with harmonia mundi and one, Voices of Light by contemporary composer Richard Einhorn, for Sony Classical. After leaving Anonymous 4 for a number of years to study music and healing, Ruth rejoined the group in 2007 and sang with them until the group disbanded in 2015.
She was part of the women’s ensemble of Early Music NY and participated in their CD Music of Medieval Love . She has also performed and recorded with the Renaissance vocal ensemble Pomerium. She is a regular member of the professional choir at St Ignatius of Antioch in New York City.
Ruth received a B. Mus. in Performance of Early Music from the New England Conservatory of Music and taught recorder and renaissance flute at the Amherst Early Music Workshops for sixteen years. She has also studied vocal improvisation with Rhiannon.
Melinda Gardiner is a Registered Nurse and Certified Music Practitioner (CMP)® , with nearly 50 years of study, teaching and work in integrative healing and medicine.
She completed Level I and Level II Sound and Tone Training with Don Campbell at the Institute for Music, Health and Education in 1993-1994, studied the traditional use of sound during her apprenticeship from 1980 to 1996 with Native American elder OhShinnah Fast Wolf, and intensively studied Gregorian chant with Father Columba Kelly at St. Meinrad’s Archabbey in Indiana in 2002.
As a clinician, singer and harper, Melinda has been offering therapeutic music to patients in many settings since 1990. Melinda is a liturgical musician and cantor at Our Lady of Hope Church, Copake Falls, NY since 1984.
HarpBeat is the collaborative creation of percussionist Fabio Pirozzolo and harpist Shelley Otis. Their music blends the soft sounds of the lever harp with the lively rhythms created by hand percussion. The Peruvian cajon, the African djembe and the Southern Italian tamburello find their home in the sweet and haunting sound of the harp. The duo merges elements of pop and world music into a dynamic and entertaining musical act.
A multi-year award winner on the Knot, Wedding Wire, and Gigmasters, harpist Shelley Otis plays for more than 100 weddings and private events per year. She has been featured in concerts both as a soloist and with the Celtic band Ulster Landing. As a composer and arranger for the harp, she has traveled in Mexico, Chile, and Ecuador, interviewing and collaborating with harpists from the arpa llanera tradition.
Fabio Pirozzolo is an Italian drummer, multi-percussionist and singer currently based in Boston, Massachusetts. Originally from Terracina, Italy, he started his career as a folk percussionist, playing Italian frame drums tamburello and tammorra, in one of the most famous folk groups in his area. This experience gave him the opportunity to travel throughout Europe, playing concerts and giving lectures on regional Italian frame drum techniques. A summa cum laude graduate from Berklee College of Music, he performs in virtually any genre of music from jazz to world music to rock. He’s the co-founder of the world music ensemble Grand Fatilla and Italian folk music ensemble Newpoli where he plays percussion and sings. Highly in demand both as a drummer and as percussionist, he’s currently the drummer for The Guruganesha Band, Vanessa Trien and The Jumping Monkeys and the Union United Methodist Church Band; and the percussionist for Revma Greek Ensemble, Musaner, Cesni Trio, Saawari, and Arev Armenian Folk ensemble. His experiences have led him to drum for Herb Reed’s Platters, Mario Frangoulis, George Perris, Jon Butcher and Petroloukas Halkias among other world class performers. He also collaborates with Berklee College world-class teachers Skip Hadden and Casey Scheuerell. Fabio has taught master classes at Berklee, Harvard and Tufts University and has worked at Emerson College and Boston Conservatory as an accompanist for dance classes. He’s the author of the drum transcriptions for Skip Hadden’s drum book "Profiles in Jazz Drumming" and "Broken Eight’s Time Feel". His transcriptions are also featured on the Italian drum magazine "Batteria e Percussioni", "Batteria", "Percussionista" and on Polish drum magazine "Top Drummer".