Group Bio

Lionheart

"Lionheart's accomplishments appear almost miraculous. Perfect blend,
diction, tone production, phrasing and a host of dynamic subtleties
characterize their singing. Lionheart embodies the best qualities of the
early-music movement -- they are consummate musicians who really love an
audience."
-- Mickey Coalwell, Kansas City Star

Lionheart is one of America's leading ensembles in vocal chamber music.
Acclaimed for its "smoothly blended and impeccably balanced sound" (Allan
Kozinn, The New York Times), Lionheart (Jeffrey Johnson, Lawrence Lipnik,
John Olund, Richard Porterfield, Kurt-Owen Richards, and Michael Ryan-Wenger)
is best known for its interpretation of medieval and Renaissance a cappella
music, with Gregorian Chant as the keystone of its repertoire. The ensemble
also collaborates with instrumental ensembles, dance companies, and
contemporary composers, and was recently selected for inclusion on the Star
Spangled Touring Roster, the first year of an initiative by Early Music
America.

Lionheart has released two CDs on the Nimbus label: "My Fayre Ladye: Tudor
Songs and Chant: (1997), and "Paris 1200: Chant and Polyphony from 12th
Century France" (1998). The ensemble is also heard on Sony Music's CD
companion to A History of Western Music, and on NPR's "Christmas Around the
Country II," a collection of favorites from NPR's Performance Today. The
grpup recently recorded a new CD of the music of Palestrina and his
contemporaries with Koch International which is due for release in October of
2001.  On radio, Lionheart has been featured on Performance Today, on PRI's
Harmonia, on WGBH, and appears regularly on WNYC. Lionheart has also received
significant air play on Radio Shanghai, which broadcasts Western music to a
wide audience in China.

In 1998 the six men of Lionheart began a continuing collaboration with
Anonymous 4,  joining forces to explore rare and ravishing repertoire to
create a combined sound that is "mystical... resonant with haunting beauty"
(The New York Times).  In December 2000, Lionheart furthered its commitment
to presenting the work of living composers by premiering a new piece by
composer Julia Wolfe as part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave
Festival.

In New York City Lionheart performs regularly on the distinguished series
Music Before 1800, at The Cloisters, and in its own concert series at Saint
Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church. The ensemble has also appeared at The
Metropolitan Museum of Art, at Lincoln Center, and at Carnegie Hall's Weill
Recital Hall (in collaboration with composer Steve Reich). Out-of-town venues
include the Kennedy Center, the National Cathedral and the Folger Library in
Washington, D.C., the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Friends of Chamber
Music series in Kansas City, and the campuses of Stanford, UCLA, and Yale
University.  In Europe they have participated in festivals including
musikpodium in Stuttgart, Tage Alte Musik in Regensburg, and the Covent
Garden Festival in London.

 


Lionheart is represented exclusively by Bernstein Artists and records for Koch International.

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