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Incantare strives to highlight the musical and cultural connections of underexplored musicians from the Renaissance and early Baroque periods, especially music by composers, singers, and instrumentalists from marginalized communities in early modern Europe. A shared passion for this music and historically informed performance brought the ensemble together. The group 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.



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From Darkness into Light: Music in the Aftermath of War

This program pays homage to the effects of the Thirty Years War on composition and culture in seventeenth-century Germany. The program illuminates the music of lesser-known wartime and postwar composers: the refugees Heinrich Grimm and Andreas Hammerschmidt; the British immigrant William Brade and his close multi-instrumentalist colleague Johann Schop; the controversial Johann Rosenmüller; Johann Vierdanck, star musician of the Dresden court; and Johann Rudolph Ahle, whose style directly influenced Bach and the subsequent high Baroque. All of these composers are intimately connected: driven from city to city by sickness and war, brought together by extraordinary musical abilities, their music creates a bright path that leads us through and beyond a period of impenetrable darkness.

EXILE: Tales from a Diaspora

Our EXILE series is a collection of programs which explore the music of displaced peoples in early modern Europe. The series traces the paths of populations forced into diaspora during the early Renaissance and Baroque periods, specifically refugees of war, plague, and famine; victims of cultural and political shifts; and underrepresented musicians. Series 1 highlights the myriad paths of Jewish music as it shifted and melded with traditions in England, Spain, Germany, Italy, and Poland. We also feature the influence and developments of our instruments themselves through new and popular musical styles from the period.



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Your support helps us achieve our mission to bring our music to as many communities as possible throughout the United States and beyond. Your donation to Incantare allows us to expand our performance territories in order to make our concerts and educational programs accessible to all. Since our members make their homes all over the US, it also helps us to travel, rehearse, and develop our programs together. Individual contributions also help us keep our ticket prices low so we can make our concerts available to anyone and everyone!

Incantare is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Incantare must be made payable to Fractured Atlas only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.