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Newsletter of the South Bay Recorder Society

A Chapter of the American Recorder Society

An Affiliate of the San Francisco Early Music Society


January 2016

January Meeting

Shira Kammen will be returning to South Bay to direct our first meeting of 2016 at 7:30 PM on January 8th , in the Choir Room of San Jose Congregational Church.

Multi-instrumentalist and occasional vocalist Shira Kammen has spent well over half her life exploring the worlds of early and instrumental music. A member, for many years, of the early music Ensembles Alcatraz and Project Ars Nova, and Medieval Strings, she has also worked with Sequencia, Hesperion XX, the Boston Camerata, the Balklan group Kitka, the King’s Noyse, the Newberry and Folger Consorts, the Oregon, California, and San Francisco Shakespeare Festivals, and is the founder of Class V Music, an ensemble dedicated to providing music on river rafting trips. She has performed and taught in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Israel, Morocco, Latvia, Russia, Abu Dhabi, and Japan, and on the Colorado, Rogue, Green, Grande Ronde, East Carson, and Klamath Rivers. 

Shira happily collaborated with singer/storyteller John Fleagle for fifteen years, and performs now with several groups: a medieval ensemble, Fortune’s Wheel: a new music group, Ephemeros; an eclectic ethnic band, Panacea; an English Country Dance band, Roguery; the early music ensembles Cançoniér, and In Bocca al Lupo, as well as frequent collaborations with performers such as storyteller/harpist Patrick Ball, medieval music experts Margriet Tindemans and Anne Azema, and in many theatrical and dance productions. She has worked with students in many different settings, among them teaching summer music workshops in the woods, coaching students of early music at Yale University, Case Western, the University of Oregon at Eugene, and working at specialized seminars at the Fondazione Cini in Venice, Italy and the Scuola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland.

She has played on several television and movie sound tracks, including ‘O’, a modern high school-setting of Othello and ‘The Nativity Story’, and has accompanied many diverse artists in recording projects, among them singers Azam Ali and Joanna Newsom. Some of her original music can be heard in an independent film about fans of the work of JRR Tolkien. The strangest place Shira has played is in the elephant pit of the Jerusalem Zoo. She has recently taken courses in Taiko drumming and voiceover acting. Shira writes, “On January 8th we’ll look at diverse pieces of Renaissance music – beautiful motets by Palestrina and Tallis, lively frottole by Willaert and dance music by Josquin and Anonymous, and one wild florid caccia from the 14th century.”

President's Message
Happy New Year to all. We had a nice Holiday Party at the home of Georgiana Rudge. There were 9 of us including Alexandra Romanoff who brought her harp! Great to play the traditional songs. (Editor’s Note: My favorite was a double choir version of In Dulci Jubilo.) I look forward to our January 8th meeting with Shira Kammen. Start the New Year with South Bay Recorder Society!

Do sign up for the MPRO workshop directed by Greg Ingles on January 23rd. Mark your calendars for the SBRS workshop scheduled for March 19th with Greta Haug-Hryciw. See you on January 8th .
Liz Brownell, President


Happy New Year everyone! I would appreciate some finger-food donations (can be fruit of course) for the first meeting in January. If you can help, please let me know at (408)246- 0771 or email me at

ean Ridley, Hospitality. (

Chapter News
Vice President Michèle Kelly has provided a revised schedule of directors for the remainder of the year:
12 February - David Barnett
19 March workshop – Greta Haug-Hryciw
8 April – Frances Feldon
13 May – Andrew Levy

Anne Ng,

Music Opportunities
Saturday, January 23, 2016 – 9:30 to 4:30 PM. MPRO presents a workshop, “The Floating City: Music of Renaissance Venice” directed by Greg Ingles. For further information visit the MPRO website at: or contact Leslie Pont at 650-941-3065.

Friday February 12, 6:00 pm, The Presidio Officers’ Club, 50 Moraga Ave. San Francisco. Free admission. The Farallon Recorder Quartet (Letitia Berlin, Frances Blaker, Louise Carslake, Rotem Gilbert) will perform a program of music by German and Dutch composers from the Renaissance, Baroque, and 20th and 21st centuries. This concert is part of the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music Concerts at the Presidio. (

Saturday February 13, 7:30 pm, Hillside Community Swedenborgian Church, 1422 Navellier St., El Cerrito. $15. The Farallon Recorder Quartet will perform the same program as above in the beautiful sanctuary of the Swedenborgian Church in El Cerrito. For more information please contact Tish Berlin at, or visit

Sunday, February 14, 2016, Trianon Theater, 72 North 5th St., San Jose, CA 95112. The Flanders Recorder Quartet will perform. Contact the Chamber Music Society by email or by phone 408-286-5111.

Monday, February 15, 2016
(President’s Day) The Flanders
Recorder Quartet will be giving a workshop in San Jose. More information will be coming soon. Anyone interested in helping with the workshop can contact Michèlle Kelly at

Newsletter Editor: Laura Gonsalves
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