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Agave Baroque

Agave Baroque

Rich, dark timbres, experimental techniques, and extreme drama and virtuosity. It could be heavy metal... or it could be a 17th century violin sonata by Johann Paul von Westhoff, the German violinist. While Italy was busy acquiring its status as the center of the 17th and 18th century musical world, composers and performers in northern Germany, Scandinavia, England, and Holland were busy developing their own unique sound, blending Italian influences with a distinctly northern sensibility and style. San Francisco’s "free-spirited" early music powerhouse Agave Baroque offers up this program of fiery, bold, and inventive works by Westhoff, as well as Buxtehude, Locke, Sidon, Peterson, and Roman.

Artist/Group Bio
Early Music America called San Francisco-based Agave Baroque "an energized, free-spirited group…of Californian virtuosi.” Specializing in string chamber music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Agave has received numerous awards and accolades and gained local and national attention for its “powerful presence” and "emotional wallop" (—EMA), “expressive and virtuosic” (—SF Classical Voice) playing and “gorgeous” (—American Record Guide) music, as well as its growing discography. Now in its eleventh season, Agave continues its fruitful affiliations with star countertenor Reginald Mobley, California Jazz Conservatory, InterMusic SF, and Sylvestris Quartet, and continues to be a unique and innovative voice in the national chamber music community.

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Program

Performers

William Skeen

viola da gamba

Kevin Cooper

guitar and theorbo

Henry Lebedinsky

harpsichord