Allison Zelles Lloyd / Shira Kammen / Frances Blaker / Letitia Berlin
Celestial Solace for the Soul
Medieval and Renaissance Music Relating to the Sun, Moon, and Stars
Letitia Berlin teaches recorder and coaches ensembles in California around the country, including at the Amherst Early Music Festival and the Oregon Coast Winds and Waves recorder workshop. She directs the Hidden Valley Early Music Road Scholar Program (Carmel Valley, CA) and for ten years directed the SF Early Music Society’s Music Discovery Workshop for young children. She performs regularly with the Farallon Recorder Quartet and the recorder duo Tibia. She has performed with the Carmel Bach Festival and the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra and others. Recordings include Motets, Lieder, and Instrumental Works of Ludwig Senfl with the Farallon Recorder Quartet; Ladino love songs with Yatan Atan on the New Albion label and the second edition of the Disc Continuo play-along CD on the Katastrophe label. Her master’s degree in early music performance practices is from Case Western Reserve University. Her mentors and teachers have included Inga Morgan, Saskia Coolen, Marion Verbruggen, Carol Marsh and Ross Duffin.
Frances Blaker received her Music Pedagogical and Performance degrees from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Copenhagen where she studied with Eva Legêne. She also studied with Marion Verbruggen in the Netherlands. In addition to regular appearances with Tibia, the Farallon Recorder Quartet, and Ensemble Vermillian, she has performed as a soloist and with various ensembles in the US, Denmark, England and the Netherlands. She teaches privately and at workshops throughout the United States, including the Oregon Coast Winds and Waves Recorder Workshop and the Hidden Valley Early Music Road Scholar Program. She directs the Amherst Early Music Summer Festival and was co-director of the SFEMS Medieval and Renaissance Workshop from 1996-2001. She is the author of the acclaimed Recorder Player’s Companion and a collaborator and performer on the Disc Continuo series of recordings.
Allison Zelles Lloyd started piano lessons at six years of age, which eventually led to multiple degrees in music theory and performance at UC Santa Barbara and Indiana University. For several years, she got sidetracked by a job in the medical devices field and quality assurance practices while she laser micro-machined polymers. She has been teaching Music Together and Orff Schulwerk music programs in the SF Bay Area for the last ten years. Allison has toured and recorded in the United States and Europe with Bimbetta (d’Note label), the Medieval ensemble Altramar (Dorian Discovery), Paul Hillier’s Theatre of Voices (Harmonia Mundi) and minimalist, Steve Reich (Nonesuch). She continues to sing locally with the American Bach Soloists Choir.
Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Shira Kammen has spent much of her life exploring the world of early music. A member for many years of the early music Ensembles Alcatraz, Project Ars Nova, and Medieval Strings, she has also worked with Sequentia; Hesperion XX; the Boston Camerata; Balkan group Kitka; the King’s Noyse; the Newberry and Folger Consorts; Parthenia; Cançonier; Anonymous IV; Rose of the Compass; the Oregon, California and San Francisco Shakespeare Festivals; singer Anne Azema; storyteller Patrick Ball; clown Jeff Raz, and others. She founded Class V Music, an ensemble dedicated to providing music on river rafting trips. She has performed and taught in the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Israel, Morocco, Latvia, Russia, Abu Dhabi and Japan. She has taught music at universities including Yale, Case Western, Oregon at Eugene, and Stanford; and at specialized seminars at the Fondazione Cini in Venice, Italy, the Scuola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland and in Coaraze, France.