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15th and 16th Century Renaissance Wind Band

Burgundian alta capella ensembles (woodwind bands in the 15th and 16th C.) piped across Renaissance Europe, from Antwerp to Zaragosa, improvising florid polyphony over songs, dances, and sacred chant. Ciaramella takes shawms, recorders, bagpipes and sackbuts in hand, bringing their joyful noise to life.

Praised for performing intricate fifteenth-century counterpoint “with the ease of jazz musicians improvising on a theme,” Ciaramella brings to life medieval and early Renaissance music from historical events and manuscripts. Its members are united by the conviction that every composition conceals a rich story waiting to be unlocked through historical research and speculative performance. Founded on a core of winds—shawm, sackbut, recorder, organ, and voice, Ciaramella takes its name from the Italian shawm and from a fifteenth-century song about a beautiful girl whose clothes are full of holes. When she opens her mouth, she knocks men flat.


Adam Gilbert, shawm, recorder, bagpipe
Rotem Gilbert, shawm, recorder, bagpipe
Doug Milliken, shawm, recorder, bagpipe
Greg Ingles, slide trumpet, sackbut, recorder
Erik Schmalz, slide trumpet, sackbut, recorder
Jason Yoshida, lute, guitar, percussion

TICKETS: General Admission Tickets: $28, $25.10 SFEMS members, $15 students under age 30 with ID (+$5 handling per order) - Link to BUY TICKETS, or contact Box Office by phone [masked]), mail (PO Box 10151, Berkeley CA 94709), or email to purchase tickets.

Post-MEETUP: TBD. There may be another concert immediately after this one in the same area.

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