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.