The Broken Consort

5 February 2016 | Friday 7:00 p.m at Holsclaw Hall, University of Arizona Campus
7 February 2016 | Sunday 3:00 p.m. at Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2331 E. Adams St., Tucson, Arizona
Non-Subscription Concert in conjunction with The Tucson Desert Song Festival

The Arizona Early Music Society and The Broken Consort have collaborated to present our first Tucson Desert Song Festival concert: “Made in America,” an exploration ranging from indigenous tribal music to the early sacred and secular music of the Americas that formed the roots of later traditions such as bluegrass and gospel.

The Broken Consort’s program explores “early” or “traditional” music from North and South America from its genesis – indigenous tribal music, to music from the time of European colonization. The program will delve into sacred and secular monophony, along with music from New England Puritans and Pilgrims, Sacred Harp music and Shape-note songs, early American folk music and bawdy songs, polyphonic music by composers such as William Billings and Justin Morgan, and Appalachian songs. These are the forerunners of the archetypically American musical idioms of today: bluegrass, gospel, country and folk.

By presenting music from various phases of the wider American heritage, both before and after colonization, the program illuminates the interconnectedness of communities and culture from various times and societies.

The Broken Consort has gained a reputation for its innovative, tradition-inspired performances built on a strong foundation of daredevil virtuosity, electrifying stage presence, and interdisciplinary collaborations. Their work’s “extraordinary sonorousness” has been praised by critics as “early music turned early magic,” that’s “never short of imagination.”