GALLERY DEMONSTRATIONS & EVENTS Sonnambula has worked closely with curators at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Biblical Art, and The Hispanic Society of America to design historically relevant concert programs that correspond with permanent collections, traveling exhibitions, and artist anniversaries. We are happy to custom tailor a concert for your museum, or work with you to curate a program for either a public concert or a private exhibition-related event. Please contact us for details and references.
COMPOSER WORKSHOPS Working with composers is a favorite part of Sonnambula's musical process and we are very happy to share our experience of commissioning, workshopping, and musical troubleshooting—with both professional and student composers, and in front of an audience of their peers. In the workshop, Sonnambula will perform pieces that have been submitted ahead of time, and then give the composer feedback on a variety of topics (notational, musical, and otherwise), in order to help create the best work for viol consort possible. Writing for viols can be unfamiliar and potentially intimidating, so Sonnambula will confer closely with the composer to make sure everything works the way he/she wants.
MASTERCLASSES The members of Sonnambula are an unusual breed in the music world: expert instrumentalists with years of chamber music experience, they also hold terminal degrees in the performance practice of Renaissance and Baroque music, and in historical musicology. In this masterclass, student musicians will perform for the members of Sonnambula and an audience, then receive feedback and detailed coaching on their performance. The members of Sonnambula will give the performer(s) advice on all aspects of performing early music—presentation, phrasing, technique, ensemble playing, etc. This process is rewarding and entertaining for both the performing student and the audience, and it often leads to larger discussions of topics that benefit every musician in the room.