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Sherezade Panthaki, soprano Jay Carter, counter-tenor Daniel Carberg, tenor Matthew Leese, baritone

Gravitación is New England’s most exciting new ensemble for early music.

Formed through a mutual passion for medieval, renaissance and baroque repertories, the members of Gravitación embrace the understanding that early music has many possibilities for vocal color, poetic expression, and connection with audiences. While historically informed, Gravitación is committed to achieving meaningful music experiences for the modern time, combining scholarship, passion, and humor.

The name Gravitación (gravitational force) represents our international backgrounds, (Sherezade Panthaki, soprano from India, Daniel Carberg, tenor and Jay Carter, counter-tenor from the USA and Matthew Leese, baritone from New Zealand), and describes the way in which music has ‘pulled’ us together with the same passion for early repertoire. Gravitación’s albums ‘Elements’ and ‘Le Stagioni - The Seasons’, are both available from First Step Records.

           Formed in 2006, Gravitación began performing together in Illinois, quickly gaining a strong reputation throughout the Mid-West region. Since then, they have enjoyed guest appearances on such series as the Academy of Early Music (Ann Arbor), JEMSFEST (William Jewell College, Liberty, MO), Fourth Presbyterian Church, St Bartholomew and the Chicago Cultural Center in Chicago IL, the Tarble Arts Series at Eastern Illinois University, Sacred Sounds at St Mark's Grand Rapids, MI, Chapel of Saint John the Divine in Champaign, IL, First Presbyterian Church in Urbana, IL as well as Saint Paul's Lutheran and Millikin University in Decatur IL, where they served as a faculty ensemble in residence from 2006-2013.

                                                                      

Gravitación's new CD 'Le stagioni - The Seasons' Reviewed in Early Music America:  

'[The ensemble's] members have outstanding training and glittering background with some of America’s most well-known ensembles. The program—madrigals by Schütz, Rossi, D’India, Luzzaschi, Monteverdi, and Peri—is the sort of varied menu that works extremely well in concert, with a variety of related styles all from the seconda prattica of the early 17th century. The vocal blend of the five singers is marvelous, with the combined sound warm and expressive without ever losing purity, and the intonation is excellent throughout, even in the difficult chromaticisms of the works by Luzzaschi and D’India. Individual voices show their quality and qualities in the various pieces with reduced forces, including some warhorses (Monteverdi’s Zefiro torna, and the duo which ends his Poppea), and accompanist Michel Angers has a beautiful solo Ciaccona by Piccinini. There’s not a weak link in the group. If I were writing 20 years ago, I would have said that such a truly world-class band deserved a long-term contract with a major label. Given the parlous state of things in 2011, I can only tell connoisseurs to snap up a copy of this disc and pray that Gravitación manages to continue to work together at such an excellent level. —Tom Moore

Albums for purchase at First Step Records Click on the link to order.


"Gravitación Puts Fresh Life in Early Music" "All three of the singers have exceptional voices in solo contexts. When heard in trio format, the three voice blended very well...The performers showed an obvious delight in sharing this light-hearted and often humorous fare with their audience...It was here (in French part songs) that the group's fine musicality and sense of ensemble was shown to best effect...Gravitación is a first-rate early music ensemble" The News-Gazette                                                                     

                                                                    
Sound Bytes

Click to listen to 'O admirabile mysterium' from our debut CD 'Elements'


Click to listen to 'Je ne fus jamais si aise' from our program 'Queene and Huntresse'


Click to listen to 'Zefiro torna' from our brand new CD 'Le Stagioni'

Call (603) 465 8602 for concert and booking details.

Gravitación
37 Church Street #3
Keene, NH 03431

mattleese@gmail.com



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