Incantare strives to highlight the musical and cultural connections of under-explored musicians from the Renaissance and early Baroque periods, especially music by composers, singers, and instrumentalists from marginalized communities in early modern Europe. Co-founded and led by Alice Culin-Ellison, Liza Malamut, Ben David Aronson, and Garrett Lahr, the ensemble strives to discover, research, transcribe, teach, and perform works that may not have been heard since their conception.
The consort of sackbuts and violins has a long history and a unique sound that incorporates the vocal qualities of both instruments while retaining each of their distinct timbres, making it the perfect medium for performing the beautiful works from this rich musical time period.
The name “Incantare” is a play on words that links directly to the group’s mission as early instrumentalists. Quite literally, the word means “to enchant,” in Italian, and “to sing,” in Latin. Incantare seeks to enchant, charm, hypnotize, and spellbind by singing through their instruments.