PAUL HOLMES MORTON
- Collaborative Projects -
Chivalrous Crickets. 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.
Ruckus. 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.oldruckus.org
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