Sunday, November 23, 2008

Harmony enriches Trio Mediaeval's austere melodies

Elaine Schmidt in today's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Presented under the Early Music Now Series, the three vocalists were joined by percussionist Terje Isungset, who served as something of a medieval backup band, playing ram's horn, jaw harp and an intriguing collection of simple percussion instruments.

The "jaw harp" is another name for the Jew's harp, mouth harp, Ozark harp, or marranzano pancake. At Friday's performance at All Saints Cathedral, it's use with Norwegian folk songs had me thinking "My name-ame is Yon-n Yon-n-son-n, I live-ive in-n Wiscon-n-sin-n" but others in attendance were fascinated by how versatile it could be.

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