Ensemble Galilei is an ensemble of players from both classical and Celtic traditional backgrounds, playing Irish and Scottish airs and dance tunes, Early and Medieval music, and original compositions.
Sue Richards, Celtic harp Carolyn Surrick, viola da gamba Jackie Moran, percussion Ryan McKasson, fiddle and viola Kathryn Montoya, recorders and pennywhistle Isaac Alderson, uilleann pipes and Irish flute
Special Guests Neal Conan, narrator Lily Knight, actor
Concerts by Ensemble Galilei are sometimes straight instrumental, sometimes special projects: First Person: Stories from the Edge of the World; Universe of Dreams; and Christmas in the Great Hall. The special projects involve narrative readings with slides projected as the music is played. First Person was a collaborative project with National Geographic Society, and Universe of Dreams uses images from the Hubble Space Telescope.
HEN is a two-harp duo with Sharon Knowles and Sue Richards. Their concerts sparkle with arrangements of traditional Scottish and Irish jigs, reels, strathspeys, and airs.
Mark Jaster and Sue Richards collaborate with an irreverent approach that balances traditional dance and music with fun new ways to play the harp. The result is a unique blend of serious and silly sketches and skits that range from the absurd antics of a deranged harperís assistant to the dramatic enactment of a harperís trip to the faerie world, and surprisingly lyrical duets of harp and ... saw.
The Washington Post has called Mark Jaster a "clown extraordinaire and one of the most graceful performers you will ever see on a stage." He studied with Etienne Decroux, the celebrated teacher of Marcel Marceau, and later served as Mr. Marceauís teaching assistant.