Iowa City Native and Grinnell College Professor Team Up to Bring Early Music Ensemble to Iowa

Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 9:50 pm

Grinnell, Iowa -  

Media contact: Loren Ludwig
Email: ludwiglo@grinnell.edu
Phone: 413/687-1998  
 
owa native Mary E. Larew and Grinnell College professor Loren Ludwig are bringing the early music ensemble Fathom to Iowa for two concerts in March. The concerts, featuring 15th-century and new music, will take place Saturday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m., at Sebring-Lewis Hall on the campus of Grinnell College; and Sunday, March 2, at 3 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church in Iowa City. Both events are open to the public at no charge.
 
New York-based Fathom, an early music chamber ensemble specializing in music for voices and instruments, presents Fortuna Desperata, a program that explores the Renaissance obsession with the unpredictable power of fate. Featuring music by Josquin des Prez, Heinrich Isaac and Ludwig Senfl, the program offers a rare taste of the strange and beautiful counterpoint and lush harmonies of the 15th century. Fathom employs a uniquely expressive palette of voices and viols (Renaissance stringed instruments) to achieve a wide range of musical colors and textures. In addition, the ensemble uses improvisation and extended instrumental and vocal techniques in startling and beautiful interpretations.
 
Fathom director Loren Ludwig is currently a visiting assistant professor of music at Grinnell College. He plays acoustic and electric viols in a range of styles, and has performed in Asia, South America and across Europe and the U.S., appearing with the Smithsonian Chamber Players, The New York and Oberlin Consorts of Viols, the Oberlin Baroque Ensemble, Catacoustic, ACRONYM, Les Délices and many other ensembles. Ludwig is the recipient of Fulbright and Mellon fellowships to study and conduct research in Holland and England, respectively. Ludwig completed his undergraduate degree in performance at Oberlin Conservatory with Catharina Meints and earned his Ph.D. in musicology at the University of Virginia.
 
Collaborator Mary E. Larew grew up in Iowa City, studying violin and piano at the Preucil School of Music with Sonja Zeithamel, Doris Preucil and Debra Hernstrom; voice with Marie von Behren; and bagpipes with Edward Lindsay. After graduating from West High in 2001, she studied music composition at Oberlin Conservatory, then went on to graduate studies in early music at the University of York in York, UK, funded by a Marshall Scholarship, Barbara Thornton Memorial Award, and Iowa City Noon Rotary Club Scholarship. Larew currently resides in New Haven, Conn., where she works as a singer, violinist and composer.
 
Ludwig and Larew will be performing with musicians Michael Barrett, Robin Bier, Kivie Cahn-Lipman and Zoe Weiss.