PAUL HOLMES MORTON
Lutenist, theorbist, banjoist, guitarist, lyricist, composer, arranger, historical archeologist, soloist, chamber musician; the music of Paul Holmes Morton is defined less by genre than by a fascination with history, a cultivation of creativity, and a belief that music once born does not die or grow old. With a technical pallet of colors ranging from the Florentine Camerata to modern Americana,
Paul follows the thread of resonant evolution, his interpretations and performances stained with the resin left by countless
musics present and not yet passed.
- projects -
Ruckus is a new baroque band with a fresh, visceral approach to early music. The ensemble's debut earned widespread critical acclaim: "achingly delicate one moment, incisive and punchy the next" (The New York Times), and "superb" (Opera News). Ruckus' core members form a continuo group, the baroque equivalent of a rhythm section: guitars, keyboards, cello, bassoon and bass. The ensemble aims to fuse the early-music movement's questioningly creative spirit with the grit, groove and jangle of American roots music, creating a unique sound of "rough-edged intensity" (The New Yorker). www.ruckusearlymusic.org
The cricket, as described in the Medieval Bestiary, is "an animal that loves to sing, forgetting all else". A cross pollination between contemporary folk and its ancestral heritage in the Baroque, the Chivalrous Crickets interweave traditional music of the British isles, Celtic nations, and Appalachia with ancient european court song. Chivalrous programs are presented through research, arrangement, and composition to tell stories of history through historical song. www.chivalrouscrickets.com.
Flowers of the Rhododendron.
In sibling collaboration, Flowers of the Rhododendron is a distillation of the lyrical histories imbedded in the paintings of Sarah McRae Morton both fantastic and autobiographic. mcraemorton.com
New Video Featuring the Chivalrous Crickets!
- Recent and Upcoming Performances -
Tam Lin, a folk rock cantata by Fiona Gillespie and Elliot Cole
1/3 New York, NY
Dido and Aeneas with Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado
1/12 Denver, CO
Music of Barbara Strozzi with Sophie Michaux and Benjamin Katz
2/7 St. Paul's Cathedral. Boston, MA
3/1 Annecy, France
3/3 Venice, Italy
Bach and Marais with Mercury Baroque
4/2; 4/4; 4/5 Houston, TX
Angel's Bone: An opera by Du Yun with LA Opera
5/1; 5/3 Los Angeles, CA
Vivaldi's Four Seasons with Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado
5/14-5/17 Denver, CO
Spoleto Chamber Festival
5/31-6/7 Charleston, SC
Scragg Mountain Music Residency
8/2 Fayette Theater, Fayetteville, WV
Spoleto Chamber Music Festival
5/30-6/8 Charleston, SC
Vivaldi Seasons at the National Cathedral
9/28 Washington D.C.
Angels Bone, an Opera by Du Yun.
Bach Flute Sonatas with Ruckus and Emi Ferguson
11/17 Music Before 1800. New York, NY
A Mexican Baroque Christmas, Mercury Baroque Ensemble
12/7 Houston, TX
Christmas with the Chivalrous Crickets
12/20 Godfrey Daniel's. Bethlehem, PA
12/21 Zoetropolis. Lancaster, PA
Christmas at the National Cathedral
12/15 Washington D.C.
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, an opera by Doug Balliet
12/30 New York, NY
Chivalrous Crickets: The French Connection: songs exploring the historical relationship between Scotland and France.
10/13 Church of the Nativity. Bethlehem, PA
10/14 Trinity Lutheran Concert Series. Perkasie, PA
Angel's Bone: An opera by Du Yun.
11/11 Hong Kong.
Mercury Baroque: A French Baroque Christmas in Houston, TX
11/29- 7:30 MATCH Gallery
12/1- 2:30 Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church
12/1- 6:30 Museum of Fine Arts Houston
12/1- 8:30 Museum of Fine Arts Houston
12/2- 7:00 Dosey Doe