Biographies

Mauricio Molina

Mauricio Molina
artistic director, bagpipes, hurdy gurdy, percussion

The historical musicologist and traditional and historical percussionist Mauricio Molina is dedicated to the reconstruction of medieval Mediterranean music. He holds a Master degree in Historical Performance from The Mannes College of Music and a Ph. D. degree in historical musicology from The City University of New York. As part of his research Mauricio studies literary and iconographical sources of the period, analyzes instruments from museum collections, and conducts fieldwork in Europe, North Africa, and Latin America. He has been invited to give lectures, publish articles, and conduct workshops about medieval music and historical and traditional frame drums at universities, museums, festivals and other organizations. His dissertation, "Frame Drums in the Medieval Iberian Peninsula," received the Higini Angles prize in 2006.

Carlo Valte

Carlo Valte
Arabic lute

Carlo Valte is active as a soloist and ensemble player. Past performances included solo performances at the United Nations and ensemble performances at Alice Tully Hall and Weill Recital Hall. He is also a cofounder of the Six Hands Guitar Trio, which has performed extensively around Mexico and northeastern United States. He is currently on the faculties of Queensborough Community College and Mannes College of Music. His own education in classical guitar began with Michael Dadap. He later went on to receive his Bachelor of Science and Master of Music degrees at the Mannes College of Music where he was a scholarship student of Frederic Hand. Carlo's interest in research and interpretation of early and middle eastern music led him to study with Simon Shaheen.

Emily Eagen

Emily Eagen
voice

Emily Eagen, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, is an active performer and teacher on both sides of the Atlantic. She holds advanced performance degrees in both early and contemporary music from The Royal Conservatory of the Hague in the Netherlands. She has performed with numerous ensembles including L'Arpeggiata (France), The Ereprijs Orkest (Netherlands) and The Cecilia International Choir (The Hague). Emily's particular interest is in uniting the worlds of early, contemporary, and folk music. She is also a two-time International Whistling champion.

Francesc Sans

Francesc Sans i Bonet
traditional and Medieval bagpipes

Francesc Sans i Bonet was born in Valls, Catalunya. He first learned to play the gralla (traditional shawm) and then mastered the sac de gemec (traditional Catalunyan bagpipe). Today he is one of the most important performers and advocates of both instruments and the recovery of traditional Catalunyan music. He has assisted in cataloguing bagpipes and other wind instruments at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He also performs with the renowned group Bufalodre, and participates in many festivals of traditional music. He is a prestigious educator and lecturer.

Cristina Boixadera

Cristina Boixadera
pipe and tabor

Cristina Boixadera Ibern was born in Barcelona, Catalunya. She specializes in the flabiol i tambori (traditional Catalan pipe and tabor). She holds a degree in music education from the University of Barcelona. Besides participating in various traditional Catalan music ensembles, Cristina is interested in the pedagogy and methodology of music education through traditional instruments. She teaches in various specialized schools.

Thomas Rohrer

Thomas Rohrer
vielle

Thomas Rohrer was born in Switzerland but has lived in Brazil since 1995. He has collaborated since 1997 with the popular Brazilian singer Zeca Baleiro. Thomas plays soprano saxophone, violin, and the rabeca, a large and rustic Brazilian violin.

Tim Fuson

Tim Abdellah Fuson
percussion and guimbri

Since the early 1990's, Tim Abdellah Fuson has been performing North African and Middle Eastern percussion and Gnawa guimbri throughout California in Berber ensembles and North African fusion bands. In addition to performing, Tim is pursuing a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology at University of California at Berkeley. He has conducted research on Gnawa music in Morocco since 1995, and is currently writing a dissertation on the music of the Gnawa lila ceremony.