Musica Matrix is pleased to welcome, yet again, the talented Hallifax & Jeffrey for yet another wonderful concert. The nationally acclaimed Bay Area viol duo will present a program entitled Before the Deluge: Shockingly Elegant Music from Marais to Rameau by way of Forqueray.
Hallifax & Jeffrey are becoming well known to Ashland and Southern Oregon audiences. This concert will be a chance for early music fans to hear one of the French Baroque premier instruments, the seven string bass viola da gamba.
The concert takes place on Saturday, February 23rd at 7pm at the Ashland Springs Hotel in the Conservatory. Doors open at 6:30 pm with seating first-come-first-served. Free hors d-oeuvres will be served beginning at 6:30 pm. You may pay by check, cash or credit card.
The success of their first concerts led them to expand their repertoire; first to the other French masters, Couperin, Dollé, and Marais; then to English music, focusing in particular on duos and chamber ensembles of Simpson, Locke, Jenkins, and their contemporaries. Most recently they have immersed themselves in the vast and fascinating repertoire of English music for lyra viols, by Hume, Coperario, Lawes and others.
Hallifax & Jeffrey have performed extensively on their home turf, the San Francisco Bay Area, and have toured throughout the Western states with many programs. They favor intimate performances in small venues such as homes, cafes and museums, but also play in larger concert settings, such as the San Francisco Early Music Society Series, the Berkeley Early Music Festival and the Sonora Early Music Festival.
Devoted to promoting engagement with Early Music at the grassroots level, Hallifax & Jeffrey have established their own homegrown concert series, Barefoot Chamber Concerts, which features The Bay Area’s best local musicians performing in a relaxed, friendly setting, and frequently draws sell-out audiences.
Hallifax & Jeffrey continue to work as a core duo, adding other musicians: lutenists, violinists, singers, keyboard players, and other viol players, as needed. Whether as a duo or with an extended group, their hallmark is total immersion in the music, and their performances have been praised for their engaging intimacy, exuberance and pure joy.