Hausmusik was created to allow Bay Area music lovers to experience chamber music
in small, intimate settings, recreating the ambiance in which much
14th-18th-century music was performed at court, in small chapels, or in the
drawing rooms of private homes, for family, friends and patrons. Beginning as a
series of intimate, informal concerts in Bay Area homes, Hausmusik moved into
the parish hall at St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Albany, making it a real
community concert series the first such series in the city of Albany, for which
director Eileen Hadidian received the city's 1992 Citizen of the Year in the
Over the years, Hausmusik has helped support local musicians, particularly those
interested in trying out new programs and exploring the crossover between early
and ethnic music. The concerts, which were held in the St. Alban's parish
hall an intimate yet acoustically live room reminiscent of an English manor
house presented a varied cast of performers drawn from the wide pool of early
music talent in the Bay Area. Each concert featured a different theme, spanning
the late Middle Ages through the 18th century.
In Nova Cantica featured soprano Elisabeth Engan, tenor Neal Rogers, Eileen
Hadidian on flute and recorder, Shira Kammen on vielle, violin and harp as well
as singing alto, Kit Roberson on vielle and viola da gamba, and David Tayler on
lute and baroque guitar.
Each of these musicians was or has become well known and a highly respected
member of the Early Music community in the Bay area and the United States.
Elisabeth Engan has performed and recorded with the American Bach Soloists, Philharmonia
Baroque Orchestra, Theater of Voices directed by Paul Hillier, and Magnificat. She has been a soloist
with the San Francisco Bach Festival, the Carmel Bach Festival and the Berkeley Early Music Festival,
and was an artist/fellow at the Bach Aria Festival at Stonybrook.
Elisabeth was one of only two women
to have performed with the acclaimed male a-capella ensemble Chanticleer, and toured nationally
with them in Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610. She holds a degree in voice from Mills College, and has has
studied early vocal techniques with Julianne Baird. She has recorded for the Reference and Musical
Heritage Society labels.
Neal Rogers has been a prominent figure in the San Francisco Bay Area for many years, having
appeared in concert with nearly every major ensemble. Past engagements have included solo roles
in Arvo Part's Passion according to St. John, Bach's St. John's Passion and Handel's Judas Maccabeus,
among others. Neal has performed and recorded with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, American
Bach Soloists, Magnificat, Theatre of Voices, California Bach Society, San Francisco Bach Choir and
Pacific Mozart Ensemble.
For ten years he was a member of Chanticleer, a twelve-voice male a-capella
vocal ensemble, performing in concert throughout the United States and Europe. He has recorded on
the Harmonia Mundi, Nonesuch, Koch International, Lyrachord, Teldec and Chanticleer labels.
Eileen Hadidian received her DMA in Early Music from Stanford University. She
has appeared in concert throughout the western United States, and was the
founder and artistic director of Hausmusik, an early music concert series in
Albony, CA showcasing local musicians in new and innovative progrums.
the recipient of the annual Citizen in the Arts Award, given by the City of
Albany to honor a significant contribution to the arts. Eileen's encounter
with cancer has led her to explore ways in which music can help critically and
chronically ill people by promoting relaxation, diffusing pain, and reducing
Her non-profit organization, Sports football betting appHealing Muses, brings healing music to Bay
Area hospitals, hospices and convalescent homes, and is the recipient of grants
from the east Bay Community Foundation and The Institute of Noetic Sciences.
Shira Kammen received her degree in music from UC Berkeley and studied vielle
with Margriet Tindemans. A member for many years of Ensembles Alcatraz, Project
Ars Nova and Medieval Strings, she has also worked with Sequentia, Hesperion XX,
the Boston Camerato, Anne Azema, Kitka, and the King's Noyse, and is the founder
of Class V Music, an ensemble performing on river rafting trips.
collaborated with singer/storyteller John Fleagle for fifteen years, and
performs now with several new ensembles: Fortune's Wheel, a medieval
ensemble; Ephemeros, a new music group; Panacea, an eclectic ethnic bond; and
Trous Bras, a dance bond devoted to the music of Celtic Brittany. She has
started hcr own recording label, Bright Angel Records.
Kit Robberson specializes in early bowed instruments,
specifically vielle and violas da gamba. She studied at the University of Texas
in Austin, where she became involved with performing, teaching, and promoting
early music. She has performed in Texas with the Clearlight Waites, The Texas
Baroque Ensemble and La Follia.
In California she has appeared in concert with
Heliotrope, Nova Albion, the San Francisco Consort, Sotto Voce, La Primavera,
and Maria Mayhem. She has also performed on the viola da gamba in modern music
venues with Salut Matelot, Rudy Challard and the Nonchalants and Missy Robak.
Kit studied viola da gamba with Jordi Savall and Rosamund Morley, and most
recently studied and performed vielle with Margiet Tindemans in the "Zomerzang"
touring project in Spain. She has recorded with Heliotrope on the Koch label.
David Tayler received his B.A. in music and interdisciplinary studies
from Hunter College and his M.A. and Ph.D in musicoloey from UC Berkeley, where
he studied performance practice with Joseph Kerman, Richard Crocker and Daniel
Heartz. He is a member of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and director of the Bay
Area Collegium Musicum and Ensemble Pandore.
David has appeared with American
Bach Soloists, Tafelmusik, the San Francisco Opera and Symphony, the Dallas Bach
Society, the Oregon Bach Festival and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, among
others, and has recorded over fifty discs for Harmonia Mundi, Koch
International, ORF, Sony, Reference, Arabesque, BMG, RCA and Teldec.
specialist of the art song of the early seventeenth century, he has performed in
lute song recitals throughout Europe and the United States.
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