Alkemie's spirited performances of medieval music are grounded in historical performance practice and fed by our love of experimentation.
Hear Alkemie on Obsidian's Pentiment!
UPCOMING PERFORMANCE DATES
Call Me Marie
Jan. 13, 2023 at 7:30 pm
Call Me Marie
Jan. 14, 2023 at 3:00 pm
The Brick Church
New York, NY
We are excited about the upcoming release of Pentiment on Nov. 15! We have been working on the music for this 15th-century Bavarian murder-mystery role-playing video game for the last 3 years - we can't wait to see it, play it, hear it, and share it with you. It's been a joy to work with director Josh Sawyer to compose and arrange historically-informed and historical repertoire that supports the illuminated/woodcut art style of this adventure. In talking about the historical accuracy of Pentiment, Sawyer explained, "We put a lot of effort into making this as historically accurate as we can without sacrificing the story...you might hear some familiar tunes, but all the music [Alkemie ] has created has been really really cool."
Reviews for the music have been overwhelmingly positive, with the biggest complaint being that there wasn't more!
- "When [the soundtrack] does kick in during various moments like a nun singing in church, or a jaunty tune accompanying a harrowing chase it is damned good. Featuring a mix of classics performed specifically for the game and new tunes it matches the setting well."
- "Forget the blood-soaked fury of 'God of War: Ragnarök', or the mysterious world of 'Elden Ring.' 'Pentiment' is the most engrossing video game from a major studio in 2022...The score, created by the medieval music ensemble Alkemie, is used sparingly, but when choir music or a haunting violin piece suddenly hits during a dramatic moment, it truly elevates the experience to a height normally reserved for angels and aircrafts."
- Jakob Hansen, Gamereactor
Read more about Pentiment here.
We are also hard at work preparing to premiere 3 new programs in NYC this spring - including a collaboration with Grammy-nominated duo Chapterhouse, the CD-release of our indie-rock troubadour album "Fine Companion," and a collaboration with medieval luminary and composer Shira Kammen that focuses on the works of Guillaume du Fay.
Alkemie featured on REMA Festival
Our recent "Like a Woman" Program was one of the two video concerts by U.S. ensembles to be featured as part of REMA's Early Music Day Festival.
REMA is the representative network for Early Music in Europe, composed by 86 members in 21 countries.
Alkemie awarded Rapid Restart NYSCA grants
We are grateful to announce that we have been awarded two New York State Council for the Arts Rapid Restart grant to support Hildegard Refracted and Like a Woman in NYC this fall! It's an honor that New York has recognized and chosen to support our work as we continue to find ways to make music and connect with people.
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