Ávila: Musicians & Mystics of Sixteenth Century Spain
Amy Michele White (voice) and Dominic Schaner (lute/guitar/vihuela)
Saturday, May 7th, 2016, 7PM
$15 Admission ($10 Students)
Through both new and ancient music, Ávila: Musicians & Mystics of Sixteenth Century Spain explores themes of contemplation grounded in repetitive musical forms, and mysticism & poetic vision, illuminated through the art of improvisation. Using the writings of Teresa of Ávila (The Way of Perfection & The Interior Castle) and John of the Cross (Spiritual Canticle & Dark Night of the Soul) as genesis, this music seeks to divine a glimpse of poetry and mysticism through fleeting and free spirited improvisation, contemplative solos and dramatic songs, with quiet instrumental meditations and select recitations interspersed.
Amy Michele White (voice) and Dominic Schaner (lute/guitar/vihuela) perform selections from the vihuela literature of the Golden Age of Spain, Medieval music associated with contemplative pilgrimage and Marian devotion, and new music setting the mystical works of Teresa of Ávila and John of the Cross in meditative solos and reflective songs.
Dominic Schaner Bio:
Lutenist, musicologist & composer Dominic Schaner grew up on a small family farm in rural California. Here, in this infinite expanse of nature, he was introduced to music at an early age. During his following musical life, Dominic has given concerts as both a solo & ensemble musician throughout North America & in Europe. He studied music at Boston University & the University of Cambridge, completed research at Harvard University, and has lectured at colleges & seminars in the US & Canada. Dominic lives in West Sonoma County where he curates radio shows for KOWS 107.3 FM, collects private press records & forages for mushrooms around his home in the forest. An advocate for those forgotten & silenced by society, Dominic directs arkestras & explores restorative practices with at-risk populations.
Amy White Bio:
Soprano Amy White, a San Francisco native, appears frequently in the bay area as an opera and oratorio soloist with great sensitivity and power. Praised as having “one of the more lovely voices I have ever heard” (Albert Cofrin), she has recently played operatic roles such as Cupid in Venus and Adonis, La Poesie in Les Arts Florissants, Susana in Susana’s Secret, and worked with Drew Minter in the medieval theater piece Wolkenstein. Equally at home with sacred music, Amy’s latest oratorio engagements have included Bach’s St. John’s Passion, Magnificat, Handel’s Dixit Dominus, Messiah and Mozart’s Laudate Dominum. Amy has performed in the San Francisco Bay Area with the SF Early Music Society, Philharmonia Baroque, Pacific Collegium, St. Dominic’s choir, Volti, Voices of Music, Cinnabar Theater, Quartet San Francisco, and abroad in the world premiere of Warren’s Sai Baba in India. Amy has studied with Julianne Baird, Ellen Hargis, Laurie Heimes, Jennifer Lane, Kathleen Flynn, and Joyce Farwell. She has been a scholarship recipient at the Vancouver Early Music Festival, the Amherst Baroque Academy, Voices of Music Young Artists Concert, and was the guest artist and teacher at the San Francisco Early Music Society’s Medieval & Renaissance summer workshop from 2007-2009. With a BA in vocal performance from Whitman College and an MA in English Literature from Mills, she is singing early music and working with the Redwood Empire Food Bank while starting a garden in her Sonoma County home.