Double Bass learns French Bass

Ashland High School Residency Program

First Musica Matrix Residency Program a Success! The aim: to use the existing curriculum as a conduit into the understanding of Early Music by introducing students to a bounty of historic instruments and bridging from modern to historic instruments with the accompanying repertoire and instruction, while learning something about musical history and practice. What had…

James Bishop-Edwards

November Concerts a Great Succcess

The concerts on November 18 and 19th were an enormous success. Gothic Voices Medieval Choir and guest artist James Bishop-Edwards on lute performed before enthustiastic audiences, first at Ashland Springs Hotel, then, the next day at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Medford. ‘Gothic Voices’ performances of Missa Notre Dame Mass of Our Lady, an evocative…


Interview with Pat O’Scannell of Musica Matrix

Local singer-songwriter-DJ extraordinaire Aletha Nowitsky interviews multi-instrumentalist and founder of Musica Matrix, Pat O’Scannell on Ashland’s KSKQ radio show “Tasty Topics and Tantalizing Tunes”. O’Scannell discusses how she first got involved in Early Music, the formation of Muscia Matrix, her former group The Terra Nova Consort and her work over a 30 year period at…

Viol de Gamba

MM Receives Grant for High School Program

Non- Profit organization Musica Matrix with its mission of Bringing History to Life Through Music, received a $3,000.00 grant from the Umpqua Bank to do an eight day residency program in Southern Oregon at Ashland High School. This course, which is designed in part to promote the viola da gamba for youngsters and provide a…

Hallifax and Jeffrey

Hallifax and Jeffrey perform in Ashland

Southern Oregon lovers of Early Music were treated to an inspiring concert by Hallifax and Jeffrey. The duo, Peter Hallifax & Julie Jeffrey, performed a selection of pre-revolution French Baroque music played on two bass gambas at the Ashland Springs Hotel a few weeks ago. The viol de gamba is bowed string instrument popular in…


More Fools Than Wise Performs

More Fools Than Wise Madrigal group performed at Fountain Plaza Retirement Center in Medford on Sunday, August 20th. Led by director Pat O’Scannell, the group presented a program of Renaissance rounds, catches and cannons entitled Catch As Catch Can. The group will perform this program again on Sunday, September 10th at Avamere at Medford Three…

More Fools Than Wise

Video – More Fools Than Wise Madrigal Singers

Musica Matrix is pleased to share this video excerpt of Madrigal singers More Fools Than Wise performing at a recent concert in Ashland Oregon. With lyrics based on poems, Madrigal music is usually performed a cappella by a small group of singers. The music features multiple melodic lines to create a rich, dynamic sound that…

Gothic Voices Medieval Choir

First Full Length Gothic Voices Medieval Choir Performance

Musica Matrix is thrilled about our upcoming event – the first full length Gothic Voices, Medieval Choir performance. The program will feature lutenist James Bishop Edwards performing a selection of medieval pieces dotted throughout the late 15th Century polyphony a cappella vocal program. The pieces selected for this concert are rhythmically complex and tonally rich….

More Fools Than Wise Madrigals Ensemble

Free Renaissance Concert – April 10, 2017 at SOU

Madrigal vocal group, More Fools Than Wise, will perform a selection of Renaissance songs at a free concert at Southern Oregon University, Library Rotunda, on April 10, 2017 at 1 PM. More Fools Than Wise enjoys singing secular Renaissance and Medieval polyphony – madrigals, parts songs, Medieval carols and the like. Madrigal music was one…

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