State/Province where ensemble is based:
Name of performers in the ensemble and the instruments they play:
Albert Cofrin - Medieval lute, vielle, bagpipes; Mary Springfels - Vielle; Danny Johnson-Vocal; Emily Lau-Vocal; Therese Honey-Medieval Harp; Tom Zajac - recorders and bagpipe; EJ Jones - transverse flutes and bagpipes
Paragraph about the ensemble:
Istanpitta is a United States based ensemble performing music of the 10th to 14th century Middle Ages including many traditional Middle Eastern dance tunes. The ensemble consists of 3-5 musicians playing a variety of period instruments including oud, lute, saz, early percussion, shawms, recorders, transverse flutes, krummhorns, vielles, Medieval harp, bagpipes and voice. The ensemble performs live at formal concert venues, universities, and festivals.
Educational/Outreach add-ons available:
Istanpitta offers school children a chance to see instruments and hear songs of Medieval times. Story telling and audience participation creates a fun learning environment students will not soon forget.
Titles of touring programs for 2012-13:
Chevrefoil - Medieval tale of Tristan and Isolde; Pilgrimage - Songs of Saint Mary; Exiled - Songs of the Sephardic Jews
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Ensemble's touring schedule for the past three years: