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New Vintage Baroque: Passionate Pilgrim: Shakespeare & other poets in love

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New Vintage Baroque (NVB) and Oracle Hysterical (OH) round out their 2016-17 series at National Sawdust with a very special closing show. New Vintage and Oracle present 6 previously unreleased songs from their album, “Passionate Pilgrim” (VIA Records). The set includes 4 original songs by composer Majel Connery (deemed “thoroughly Schubertian” by Allan Kozinn, Wall Street Journal) that set the course for the album more than a decade later. The June 3rd show also marks the release of the Passionate Pilgrim Deluxe Album on VIA Records. In addition to this special offering, other music on the program ranges from freshly-minted re-orchestrations by Timo Andres of Benjamin Britten’s Folksong Arrangements for baroque band (featuring tenor Owen McIntosh) and Elliot Cole’s striking living-room opera, Babinagar, based on a folktale from Afghanistan.

New Vintage Baroque

Praised by the New York Times for its “buoyant pulse…appealing energy” and “thoughtfully conceived” programming, New Vintage Baroque is an adventurous period instrument ensemble dedicated to the creation of a 21st century repertoire for early instruments. Founded in 2011 by Baroque oboist Lindsay McIntosh (Juilliard 2014), New Vintage Baroque is committed to bringing audiences the highest levels of historical performance practice. Unique among Baroque ensembles, New Vintage unites past and present musical styles, offering new commissions by diverse modern composers alongside the music of the Baroque era.

Currently, New Vintage Baroque presents a curated (three times yearly) series at the Lewis Walpole Library (CT), as well as weekly concerts at the Table Music Brunch series at National Sawdust (Brooklyn). Of their performance of Handel’s Rinaldo with Boston Opera Collaborative, the Boston Globe cited New Vintage’s “graceful, songful playing… a major element in the production’s success.” Other recent projects include a New York-Netherlands tour of Gregory Spears’ cantata Virginiana, Doug Balliett’s rap cantata, “Bacchus,” and the completion of their first album, The Passionate Pilgrim, a song cycle by The Oracle Hysterical for voices and Baroque band.'

Oracle Hysterical

Oracle Hysterical is a collective of four composer-performers: twin brothers Doug Balliett (double bass, viola da gamba) and Brad Balliett (bassoon), Majel Connery (vocals), and Elliot Cole (guitars, vocals, harmonium). Half band, half book club, Oracle Hysterical combines eclectic musical influences with literary breadth, adapting great works of literature through the medium of song. The group has created hip-hoperas, art-rock song cycles, rap cantatas, and other genre-bending works all over America and Europe, collaborating with a variety of ensembles to cultivate a unique sound palette for each project.

Oracle Hysterical has created projects for Metropolis Ensemble (The Rake and Cleopatra), Washington Square Winds (Fisherman and His Wife), Chicago Composers Orchestra (Hecuba), New Vintage Baroque (Passionate Pilgrim) and the Lucerne Festival Academy (Billy Budd), where they were Spotlight Artists in 2011. This fall they debuted Tales of Lapham: The Sea, commissioned by A Far Cry, which premiered at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston) with support from a New Music USA award. In 2017, in addition to its CD release of Passionate Pilgrim, Oracle Hysterical mounts two new projects with New Vintage Baroque at National Sawdust, and will appear at Mainline Music/Starline Social Club in Oakland, CA in the spring. Oracle Hysterical has also performed at le Poisson Rouge, The Stone, Spectrum, the Berkshire Fringe Festival, MATA Festival, the Hideout Inn, and Constellation, and recently held residencies at High Concept Laboratories and the Edna Saint Vincent Millay Colony.

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