We are proud to be part of the Houston Early Music Festival 2019!
ROOTS AND CORRELATIONS
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12 | 7:30 P.M.
THE GALLERY AT MATCH | 3400 MAIN STREET
This unusual concert will feature both familiar and obscure treasures. Musical DNA will surface in the most unexpected of places. Join Les Touches as we unearth some surprising correlations and explore our musical roots from the Renaissance to the modern day.
Les Touches* and Friends
Pedro Funes* and Joshua Keller - Viola da Gamba
Stephanie Raby* and Thane Isaac - Violin
Molly Hammond - Harpsichord
Guest Artists include:
Molly Hammond, harpsichord, enjoys a varied career as a pianist and harpsichordist. She has performed as soloist and collaborative pianist in Mexico, England, Australia, New Zealand and throughout Texas. She served as principal keyboardist of the Houston Chamber Orchestra, and has performed with the Houston Ballet, Mercury Baroque, Piping Rock Singers, the Houston Symphony’s Community Connection series and at the Boston Early Music Festival. She graduated from the Universities of Colorado and Texas with degrees in piano performance. Additional studies include graduate work in piano at Peabody Conservatory, and Baroque performance practice at the International Baroque Institute at Longy, the Eastman School of Music, and the Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin Conservatory. Ms. Hammond is equally passionate in her work as a certified Kripalu yoga instructor.
A native of Denton, Texas, Thane Isaac hails from a large and musical family. He graduated in 2009 from the University of North Texas with a degree in modern violin performance and emphasis in baroque performance under Cynthia Roberts. In 2012, Thane completed a post-graduate residency at Yale University as one-fifth of the Yale Baroque Ensemble under violinist Robert Mealy. A regularly appearing player in early music ensembles in and around the state of Texas, he has had the honor of performing at the Boston Early Music Festival, Carnegie Hall with the Yale Baroque Orchestra, and Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall with the Juilliard Baroque Orchestra.
Tennessee native Joshua Keller holds degrees from the University of Memphis in Cello Performance and Indiana University in Viola da Gamba Performance. He has also studied at the Hochschule für Kunste in Bremen, Germany with renowned violist da gamba Hille Perl. He has performed at top music festivals such as Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht, MAFestival Brugge, Tage Alter Musik Regensburg and many others with ensembles from all over Europe. Living back in his home state of Tennessee, he continues to perform nationally and abroad as a soloist, accompanist, and ensemble member on viola da gamba, cello, violone, and lirone. In the fall of 2018, Joshua began teaching viola da gamba at the University of Memphis. Besides his interest in early music, he plays modern cello with local orchestras such as the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, takes part in electronic music, and is music director at St. Matthews United Methodist Church where he also plays piano and Hammond organ.
About Les Touches
Les Touches has been playing together since October 2011, where they formed at the Jacobs School Early Music Institute at Indiana University. The ensemble’s core repertoire is chamber music from the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque period ranging from viol consorts to trio sonatas. They have performed concerts across the USA working with groups such as Texas Early Music Project and The South Dakota Chorale and continue to actively pursue collaboration with other musicians. They competed as one of 10 finalists in the York Young Artist International Competition in 2015 and performed at Boston Early Music Festival in 2013 and 2017.
2014 marked the inaugural season of Les Touches in Texas and the start of a partnership with Viols of Houston with whom they have started outreach at Oak Ridge High School. The joy they have found playing music together has compelled Les Touches to strive to share their passion for the viola da gamba and make this fascinating consort repertoire and chamber music accessible to their community in central and south east Texas.