Ensemble Fontegara: Renaissance Recorders
This flexible ad hoc group is comprised of the Valley’s most experienced recorder players. The repertoire is 16th Century European music, offered by an ensemble that ranges from 4-7 players.
The ensemble plays a set of recorders made by David Ohanessian, suitable to music of that period. These instruments are voiced using a pure temperament, and have a fingering system that falls between the Swiss Virdung fingering charts of 1511 and the later Ganassi fingerings of 1535, published in his treatise La Fontegara. The recorders belong to the group’s founder and director, Pat O’Scannell.
While most players can play all voices, listed here the instruments folks have generally played with Fontegara.
Karen Basin (1960-2020)
Rheumatologist and Baroque and modern bassoon. Alto and tenor recorders.
Renowned Contemporary flute and Transverse Baroque flute player and teacher. Tenor recorder.
Singer, keyboardist, choral director. Tenor and alto recorders.
Tenor and alto recorders.
Fontegara Current Players
Multi-instrumentalist and luthier. Bass and tenor recorders. www.bellwoodviolin.com
Recorder player and retired aerospace engineer.
Multi-instrumentalist and singer. Retired radiologist and piano tuner extraordinaire.
Multi-instrumentalist and singer. Alto and soprano recorders.
Modern and transverse Baroque flute. Alto and soprano recorders.
Founder and Director. Multi-instrumentalist and singer. Musical director, recording artist. Soprano and alto recorders. www.musicamatrix.org
Fontegara Guest Artist
George Simmons, multi-instrumentalist and recorder player.
George is a recent addition to our Ashland community, and plays all sizes of recorders from soprano to contrabass, capped double reeds and portativ organ.
He recently performed with Sine Nomine in Baltimore / DC, and with the Oregon Renaissance Band in Portland.