Ensemble Lipzodes will give a concert on Sunday 18 September 2005 at 4:00 p.m. This consort of 16th-century based shawms, from Bloomington, IN, will present "Music of Ministriles from Spain and Latin America", an hour of music from the 1500-1600's. The concert will take place at St. Francis Episcopal Church, located at 1525 Mulberry Street, Zionsville, IN, and is free and open to the public. Free will offerings are always welcome. A reception follows the concert.
The shawm is a conical, double reed instrument with a bell, the precursor of the oboe. Developed in southwest Asia around the late 700's, the shawm was often used as a war instrument: bands of shawms screaming in shrill, piercing tones made the attacking armies hold their heads instead of their weapons! By the 1500's the sound of the shawm had undergone considerable change. Its tone had mellowed into a grand and majestic sound. Consorts of different-sized shawms were much in demand for both private events and civic duties, and were an established part of the town band.
Ensemble Lipzodes was formed in 2004 by five members of the Early Music Institute at Indiana University School of Music, Bloomington. This unique ensemble generally combines voice, shawms, dulcians, recorders, and percussion to bring to life the rarely performed music of 16th century Guatemala. In addition to this singular repertoire, the ensemble also explores new directions in early music utilizing voices and winds. The ensemble was recently selected as a finalist in the Early Music America Medieval and Renaissance music competition. The instrumentalists are Anna Marsh, Sung Lee, Keith Collins, John Lenti, Matthew Leese, and Juan Carlos Arango.
For more information about this event, please call A. Lee Barlow, Music Director, or Sandra Michels, Rector, at St. Francis Episcopal Church at (317) 873-4377.
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