Playing On The Faultline
This concert by Gabrieli West will present a chamber ensemble made up of a pair of string instruments–violin and cello or violo da gamba–and a pair of brass instrument—cornetto as high voice and sackbut as the low voice.
The program will include solo works from the late16th/early17th centuries for each instrument as well as chamber music for 3 and 4 instruments and continuo. Playing On The Faultline explores elaborate ornamentations as used by both late Renaissance and modern composers based on works originally created by composers of the 16th century in a polyphonic texture of 4 equal parts.
Eric Finley, violin; Joyce Johnson Hamilton, cornetto; Amy Brodo, cello, viola da gamba; Michael Cushing, sackbut; Michael Peterson, harpsichord
Joyce Johnson Hamilton (music director/cornetto) earned Bachelor and Masters Degrees in music from the University of Nebraska and has done doctoral study in historical performance practice and conducting at Stanford University. She has performed with The Whole Noyse, the Women’s Antique Vocal Ensemble, the Albion Consort, the Bach Collegium, the Carmel Bach Festival, the Northwest Chorale, the Washington (D.C.) Sackbut and Cornett Ensemble and the Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra. She has served as principal trumpet of the Oregon, Oakland, and San Jose Symphonies as well as principal trumpet of the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra. She In 2011, Johnson Hamilton retired from 31 years as the conductor of the Diablo Symphony. She is a lecturer in trumpet at Stanford University and currently serves on the board of directors of the San Francisco Early Music Society.
Eric Finley (violin) started his musical training when he was eight. Since then, he has played with, and served as concertmaster with many orchestras and ensembles in the Bay Area, including the Redwood Symphony, Nova Vista Symphony, the San Jose State University Symphony and Chamber Ensemble. He has also appeared as guest violinist in early music ensembles throughout the Bay Area and the United States. Currently, Eric studies baroque violin with Carla Moore. He has also studied with Michael Sand, David Douglass, and Mary Lou Galen. Eric holds a BA in Environmental Studies from San Jose State University and a MA in Education from the University of San Francisco.
Michael Cushing (alto and tenor sackbut) is a graduate of the Hartt School of Music and the Yale School of Music. After finishing school, he toured for several years playing musical theater before settling in the Bay Area. As a specialist in Renaissance and Baroque brass performance practice, he has appeared with the San Francisco Bach Choir, Gabrieli West, and was Associate Music Director for the Utah Shakespearean Festival. He currently plays trombone with the Santa Cruz Symphony and West Bay Opera.
Amy Brodo (viola da gamba) Before moving to Oakland Amy Brodo performed for many years in Italy, Israel, and England with ensembles including the Israel Philharmonic, Taverner Players, Norskbarok Orchester, Hanover Band, and as assistant principal cellist of the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. In California she has performed on both cello and viola da gamba with Lux Musica, Sex Chordae Consort of Viols, Magnificat, American Bach Soloists, El Mundo, Musica Angelica, and Albany Consort. Ms. Brodo has served as President and Music Director of the Junior Bach Festival, and has taught privately and for the Young Musicians Program at UC Berkeley. Ms. Brodo has coached ensembles from the Oakland Youth Orchestra, Young People’s Symphony Orchestra, Northern California Chamber Music Association Pacifica Viola da Gamba Society, and Oakland School of the Arts. She is the founder of the new Baroque ensemble Harmonia Felice, and has recorded for over half a dozen record labels.
Michael Peterson (harpsichord) has performed nationally and internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. He enjoys bringing the music to life in ways that stretch beyond the traditional concert experience; examples include living history programs, lecture recitals, and contributions to continuing studies courses. Michael graduated with honors in harpsichord performance from Stanford University, where his teacher was Elaine Thornburgh. He is now pursuing a diploma at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, where he studies harpsichord with Jacques Ogg and basso continuo with Patrick Ayrton.